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Famous Emeralds on the Red Carpet

Year after year, emeralds return to the fashion scene

Worn by royalty and movie stars alike, famous emeralds have always been in the limelight. But this past award season they were even more prevalent as Hollywood stars walked the red carpet. The alluring stone commands attention with its classic and beautiful look. In fact, some of the most famous gemstone jewelry is set with emerald stones and mostly worn by A-listers on the red carpet.

Elizabeth Taylor

One of the most famous ladies in history, Elizabeth Taylor had quite an impressive emerald jewelry collections. Her necklace, brooch, ring, bracelet, and earrings are worth nearly $100 million. Her husband Richard Burton, who she was married to in the 1960s, gave this particular collection to her. Taylor’s set was sold in 2012 during an auction in New York. The famous emerald necklace sold for $6,130,500, alone.

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Angelina Jolie

It’s hard to forget Angelina Jolie’s famous emerald earrings and ring from the 2009 Academy Awards. Her 115-carat emerald drop earrings and 65-carat emerald ring stole the show that year. The two pieces totaled $2.5 million. It’s speculated her emerald jewels instantly started a new trend within the jewelry and fashion world.

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2016 Golden Globes

Seven years later at the 2016 Golden Globes, famous emeralds still star on the red carpet. Actresses like Taraji Henson, Jamie Alexander, and Gina Rodriguez all wore beautiful emerald jewelry with their gowns. Henson from the hit series Empire almost topped Jolie’s 2009 earrings with a pair of 107-carat Zambian emerald earrings.

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Why Emeralds?

Analysts say the supply and demand for emeralds is steady and the price point has remained affordable throughout the years. Fashion experts also believe famous emeralds tend to stand out more than others. In a recent MJSA Journal article, Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says, “The most abundant hue in nature, green, is detected by the human eye more than any other color in the spectrum.” Experts also say the gemstone’s large size is what lands these jewels onto the red carpet.

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Nichole Guillory

Public Relations & Social Media Manager

Nichole holds a degree in Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her years as a television news producer made it an easy transition to the fast-paced and engaging worlds of public relations and social media.