Author By Kyle Roderick
Trend-wise, many of the jewels adorning celebrities in 2020 emanate from heritage jewelry houses whose collections are inspired by historical personages, mythological characters and classic diamond jewelry from the past.
In the case of Meghan Markle, however, the actor and Duchess wears jewels by English designer Pippa Small which are made of sustainably sourced gemstones by artisans who are paid Fair Trade wages in war zones such as Kabul, Afghanistan.
At the 92nd annual Academy Awards in January 2020, actor, director and producer Salma Hayek crowned her imperial coiffure with an 18-karat gold Feuilles de Laurier necklace and matching earrings by the French heritage house of Boucheron. Set with South Sea cultured pearls, mother of pearl and pavé diamonds, the Feuilles de Laurier collection is inspired by laurel leaf crowns worn by empresses, goddesses and nobles of ancient Greece and Rome.
24-year-old English actor Florence Pugh wore a Louis Vuitton Haute Joaillerie 20-carat imperial topaz and diamond necklace to the Academy Awards. Designed by Francesa Amfitheatrof, this dramatic piece is from Vuitton’s Riders of the Knight collection, which references the historic French female warrior Joan of Arc.
Intriguingly, actor and producer Jennifer Aniston chose vintage jewelry for her appearance at the January 2020 Golden Globe awards.
The vintage 1950s, double-swagged Cartier London diamond necklace, similar to one gifted by Prince Rainier of Monaco to Grace Kelly on their wedding day, was borrowed from New York estate jeweler Fred Leighton.
Sparkling in a multi-levelled diamond and emerald bib necklace and matching earrings by Bulgari, actor Zazie Beetz made a dramatic statement at the Academy Awards. At the same event, actor Gal Gadot wore a Tiffany & Co. high jewelry diamond necklace over her couture Givenchy black lace gown, musical artist Janelle Monae wore an ethically sourced diamond necklace by Forevermark.