You know all those gorgeous, mega-watt jewels you see waltz down the red carpet every Oscars season? Have you ever wondered how those celebs got lucky enough to wear all those carats, even if it’s just for one night? Well, we spoke to the man responsible for almost every single iconic diamond moment at the awards shows, jeweler Neil Lane, to get the scoop on his favorite looks and best behind-the-scenes details from Hollywood’s biggest night.
Of course, two standouts in recent memory are Angelina Jolie‘s leg-exposing black gown from 2012 and Jennifer Lawrence‘s 2014 red column Dior design. While all eyes were obviously on Jolie’s exposed gams, there’s actually a fair amount of carats scattered throughout this look. Since Lane knew the major statement making piece was going to be that thigh-high slit, he chose to keep the rest of the actress’s look simple with a pair of 10 carat drop earrings, adding on the surprising detail of two 100 carat diamond brooches that cinched the waist of the gown and went almost completely unnoticed in the shadow of Jolie’s infinitely meme-able leg.
Likewise, the jeweler wanted Lawrence’s gown to be the centerpiece, pairing it with a modern crystal rock and 50-carat diamond chain necklace. Little did Lane know that the actress’s stylist had plans to wear the necklace backwards, giving it a very modern, fashion-forward look.
Neil also absolutely loves the pairings he made for Jennifer Garner‘s 2013 aubergine fishtail dress and Jennifer Lopez‘s bejeweled 2015 gown. The 2013 Oscars were a big year for Garner who hadn’t walked the red carpet in some time, so she wanted everything to be absolutely perfect, finally landing on this stunning piece from Lane’s vaults, a 19th century piece that belonged to a European royal family featuring 150 carats worth of diamonds.
While it’s tempting to be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, she’s still just Jenny from the block, even when covered in handfuls of diamond rings and solitaire earrings. At last year’s Oscars, J.Lo wore a nude-colored Elie Saab ball gown covered in Swarovski crystals, meaning Lane really had his job cut out for him. Since there was already so much going on sparkle-wise, they decided to keep it minimal with stacks on stacks of rings and two “little” 10-carat diamond earrings.
He also told us what happens to all those jewels the day after the big show, and let’s just say we’ve found our new happy place, and it’s inside Neil Lane’s vaults.
What do you think of all these diamonds? Which is your favorite? What is your favorite piece of Oscars jewelry?