As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back at the most iconic moments of 2019. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed baby Archie into the Royal Family, the war on climate change was ignited by Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion protests and 'Game of Thrones' came to a sad and disappointing end.
2019 has been a big year for fashion. In February, we said goodbye to fashion legend and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld. The iconic Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was cancelled for the first time ever, with the company’s executives releasing a statement that they’re rethinking the concept of the show. The Met Gala’s theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion and Lady Gaga attended in not one, not two, but FOUR looks. At Milan Fashion Week, Jennifer Lopez took to the runway in a recreated Versace dress that she wore to the Grammys in 2000, sending shockwaves across the internet. And finally, the fashion industry recognised its effects on the environment, with multiple brands becoming more eco-friendly and sustainable.
Discover the top 5 jewellery moments of 2019, including award show masterpieces and Queen Elizabeth II.
The Award Season Snake Necklace
The Bulgari Serpenti Necklace, made of 18kt white gold and 75 carat diamonds, was seen at almost every award show in 2019. Actress Charlize Theron attended the Oscars this year wearing the sparkly piece that coiled around her neck seductively, with a Serpenti bracelet to match. Although this necklace has been worn by many celebrities before (most notably, Elizabeth Taylor), it was seen on multiple celebrities this year, like Amy Jackson and Miley Cyrus.
Lady Gaga’s Oscar’s Look
Lady Gaga was the true winner of award season, earning Best Actress nominations and winning multiple awards for Best Original Song at the Oscars, BAFTAs, AMAs, Billboard Music Awards, and more. While her red carpet looks were hard to fault, our personal favourite was her Oscars ensemble. Wearing a black Alexander McQueen ball gown, Lady Gaga wowed with her eye-catching jewellery, valued at over $30 million! Her necklace was from Tiffany & Co and featured a 128-carat yellow diamond at its centre, with matching yellow diamond drop earrings.
Princess Beatrice’s Engagement
In September, Princess Beatrice announced her engagement to businessman, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Posted to her sister’s Instagram account, the world got to see the dazzling engagement ring and cute snapshots of the happy couple. The ring was designed by British jeweler, Shaun Leane and husband-to-be Edoardo. The Art Deco inspired ring features a 2.5 carat diamond in the centre, surrounded by baguette and round diamonds and 5 pavé set diamonds along each side of the band. The ring was inspired by Edoardo’s love of Art Deco combined with Beatrice’s love of Victorian jewellery motifs.
Billy Porter’s Statement Gowns
Actor Billy Porter was the star of every single red carpet and event this year, blending high fashion and political statements into his couture gender-bending outfits. At the Oscars, he wore a Christian Siriano tuxedo-ball gown. The Golden Globes saw Billy in a fitted grey suit, with a gemstone encrusted shirt and a custom Randi Rahm pink and grey cape, studded with colourful brooches. The Tonys is where he made his biggest statement in a Sergio Guadarrama red and pink diamond suit, complete with a floral train. He told reporters that his outfit represented his pro-choice stance on abortion rights. Finally, we couldn’t forget his incredible entrance to the Met Gala, wearing a golden bejewelled catsuit, complete with 10-foot wings, a 24kt gold headpiece and jewellery from Andreoli, Oscar Heyman and John Hardy.
Queen Elizabeth’s Ruby Tiara
At the state dinner in June, Queen Elizabeth II wore a Burmese ruby and diamond tiara, with matching necklace and earrings. A bold and colourful choice, the jewels were made by the House of Garrard and featured 96 rubies in the tiara alone. According to Garrard, the rubies have a symbolic meaning in Burmese culture. They are said to protect against evil and illness. Social media started speculating that the Queen had worn the jewels purposely for her meeting with President Trump. While this hasn’t been confirmed by Buckingham Palace or any royal correspondents, it’s the Queen’s stance as a politically neutral body that makes this conspiracy even more entertaining.