NEW YORK - I was fortunate enough to be invited to fellow jewelry specialist Robin Wright’s Oscars party where the wine was flowing as quickly as our commentary on the evening’s best and worst looks. Tinseltown it most definitely was not as the red carpet was awash with diamonds worn quietly on the wrists and ears. All of this understated elegance made us long for the days before stylists, but it's hard to argue with the flawless looks we saw floating across the stage at the 85th Academy Awards.


Anne Hathaway, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Supporting Role, arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013. Credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

While Jennifer Lawrence may have tumbled more than floated as she made her way to accept her Oscar for Best Actress, she was absolute perfection in a pale pink Dior gown complemented by a diamond longchain dangling artfully down her back. Lawrence's jewels were supplied by Chopard who completed her sweetly feminine and age-appropriate ensemble with sizeable diamond drop earrings.
 
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, also pretty in pink, was draped in a pearl and diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.'s Blue Book Collection. We understand she chose her dress just hours before the event and while Prada's clean, squared-off neckline worked nicely with her elaborate collier, the straps detracted from the jewel's design when viewed from the back. Was she wearing her necklace back-to-front like fellow Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence? We invite your comments.



Jessica Chastain, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013. Credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Jessica Chastain was the embodiment of Golden Age glamour, calling to mind Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake in a curve-hugging beaded number by Armani. Her rocks were by Harry Winston, "Jeweler to the Stars," who was the first to loan jewels for the red carpet when he dressed Best Actress Jennifer Jones in 1943. She donned a pair of modified diamond hoop earrings and a diamond bracelet dating from the 1960s.

Also wearing Winston was Charlize Theron, a total knockout in white Dior Couture with a structured bodice and flowing silk skirt. While we would have preferred a more dramatic pair of earrings to play off of her striking pixie haircut, the diamond studs served as a tasteful foil to her dazzling stack of diamond bracelets. We hope this trend will continue as we look forward to offering a stunning selection of stackable Art Deco bracelets in our April 17th auction of Magnificent Jewels.
 

Charlize Theron arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013. Credit: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.

After seeing starlet after starlet waft by in pastel-colored, strapless dresses and bare necks, we roared with approval when a ravishing Jennifer Garner emerged in a plum-colored Gucci crepe gown. Her 19th-century diamond fringe necklace, supplied by Neil Lane, wins our vote for best performance by a jewel at the 2013 Oscars.


Actress Jennifer Garner arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013. Credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Helen Hunt exercised a brilliant blend of high and low with a Deco style diamond clip-brooch secured to the back of her midnight blue H&M gown which she rounded out with a lovely multi-tiered diamond necklace, diamond bracelets and simple diamond stud earrings, all by Martin Katz. Sandra Bullock also made inventive use of a diamond brooch, securing a v-form Winston piece in her hair. In fact, the only person who appeared to be wearing a brooch in its traditional place was E! News host Terrence Jenkins. Perhaps he will be the trendsetter who prompts women everywhere to run to their vaults in search of Aunt Lulu’s 1950s cluster brooch. Until then, it is definitely the year of the bracelet.


Helen Hunt, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Supporting Role, arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013. Credit: Sara Wood / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We never thought there could be such a thing as too many diamonds, but the evening’s predominantly muted color palette had us crying out for color. Remember Angelina’s drool-worthy emerald earrings that launched a thousand knock-offs in 2009? There were no such standouts in colored stone jewelry in 2013. Relatively subtle attempts at color could be found in Renée Zellweger’s ruby bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels, Jane Fonda’s lively yellow diamond earrings by Chopard, and Octavia Spencer’s cascading pink diamond earclips by Lorraine Schwartz


Jane Fonda arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013. Credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
 

Also conspicuously lacking were some of the bigger names in jewelry. Where was our beloved Cartier? Did we blink when Bulgari breezed by? Will Lorraine Schwartz’s star continue to rise to the point of utter red carpet domination? While we enjoy seeing the work of contemporary designers, bring back the classics!
 
At an Academy Awards where what was lacking was more notable than what was actually worn, 2013 was a bit of a letdown. Diamond studs and bare necks are fine for every day, but we expect more from Hollywood’s biggest night. We admire good taste, but it’s far less entertaining. Where can we look for our jewels fix if not the Oscars? At the end of the evening, we all raised our glasses in the hope of a bigger and blingier 2014.