I love writing about the jewelry at big red-carpet events because with every Academy Awards show or Met Ball comes a daisy chain of fascinating little stories about how a stylist or celebrity chose a jewel, connected with a brand, or styled their jewelry.
Here’s a juicy jewelry tale from celebrity jeweler Fred Leighton about the Oscars last week: The brand created original jewelry pieces for music superstar Billie Eilish, who took home the Best Original Song Oscar for “No Time to Die,” in a collaboration between Eilish’ stylist, Dena Giannini, and Rebecca Selva, Fred Leighton’s chief creative officer.
The diamond star earrings and rings Eilish donned for the event were repurposed from a 19th century antique diamond star tiara that Selva acquired with the specific intention of deconstructing it to create new pieces for the pop star. The tiara’s stars are set with old mine cut and rose cut diamonds mounted in silver on gold (and was it ours, we’d be dying to pop them off, too). Ingeniously, the tiara’s stars were made to be detachable! So its owner was able to wear the stars as brooches, pendants or on hair pins or hair combs.
Eilish paired the starry pieces with a voluminous black ruffled gown by Gucci that divided fashion fans online (we loved it for its flowy movement and artsy silhouette). But there was no quibbling about the success of her bold jewels—they were absolute winners.
“We worked with Fred Leighton on finding the perfect vintage pieces to transform into a modern expression, while honoring the amazing craftsmanship and design of the antique diamonds stars,” said stylist Giannini in a prepared statement.
“Fred Leighton himself was a firm believer in the idea that jewelry should be worn, enjoyed, mixed and appreciated—and not just kept locked in a safe! And the historic house’s creative director, Rebecca Selva, has absolutely carried this philosophy forward today.” —Emili Vesilind
All photos courtesy of Fred Leighton