Thursday 28th February 2019

Lady Gaga Wears Legendary Tiffany Diamond at the 91st Academy Awards

[Langerman Diamonds] At this year’s 91st Annual Academy Awards, where the world's most glamorous celebrities walked the red carpet in the finest couture, some made unforgettable fashion statements with one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

A standout of the evening was Lady Gaga, who received the Oscar for the song, “Shallow”,  which she co-wrote for the movie, A Star is Born. She walked down the red carpet wearing a gorgeous black strapless Alexander McQueen dress and black latex gloves. But the most impressive element of her ensemble that night was the necklace that she wore, which featured a breathtaking 128.54-carat natural fancy yellow diamond set in platinum with 16 cushion-cut diamonds and 46 round brilliant diamonds. The singer and actress added a pair of earrings, set with fancy vivid yellow and colorless diamonds, to complement the magnificent yellow diamond necklace.

The 287.42-carat yellow "Tiffany diamond" was mined in the Kimberley Mines of South Africa in 1877. Tiffany's founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, purchased the rough diamond and the gemologist George.F. Kunz, for whom the pink stone Kunzite is named, was asked to cut the stone. The 128.54-carat cushion, with its 82 radiant facets (24 more facets than a traditional 58-facet brilliant),  has remained with Tiffany & Company since its purchase in the 19th century.

This was the first time that the iconic diamond, normally on display at Tiffany's Fifth Avenue flagship store, was worn to an award show.  In fact, it has only ever been worn twice before! The first time was 1957, at the Tiffany Ball in Newport by Mrs. Mary Whitehouse, and then 1961, Audrey Hepburn wore it in a photo shoot promoting the classic movie,  Breakfast at Tiffany's. Four settings are known for this diamond.

Promotion Breakfast at Tiffany. Audrey Hepburn. Tiffany Diamond. Natural fancy yellow diamond 
In 1961 it was set in Schlumberger's Ribbon Rosette necklace
to promote film 'Breakfast at Tiffany'. Credit Tiffany & Co.  

Promotion Breakfast at Tiffany. Audrey Hepburn. Tiffany Diamond. Natural fancy yellow  diamond

Credit:Gravitas Ventures / Quixotic Endeavors / Matthew Miel

Fancy Yellow "Tiffany Diamond".  'Bird on a Rock' setting for the Schlumberger retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

In 1995 it was set  in the  'Bird on a Rock' setting for the Schlumberger retrospective
at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Credit Tiffany & Co.  

 

 
In 2012 the diamond was set in its current diamond-necklace setting
for Tiffany’s 175th anniversary. Credit Tiffany & Co.  

Lady Gaga reminded us of Kate Hudson, who in 2003, wore a breathtaking diamond necklace in the comedy,  How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days .  In the film,  her character arrives at a soiree in a gorgeous yellow dress paired with a magnificent diamond necklace set with "The Isadora",  a 51.94 carat fancy yellow diamond. The famed necklace was made by Harry Winston especially for Kate Hudson’s character. "I chose the two components that make up the necklace after seeing an array of magnificent jewels at Harry Winston. The wreath design and diamonds set at angles capture the centre stone." - Karen Patch, costume designer for the movie.

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 Image Credit:Pintrest
 
Sources: Tiffany and Co, Wikepedia, The Gilded Age Era, The Oscars, ABC 
Images Credit: Carlton Davis for Tiffany and CoGravitas Ventures / Quixotic Endeavors / Matthew Miel, Instagram, Mario Anzuoni/Reuters in the Guardian/ Pinterest

 

Tags: Academy Awards, The Oscars, The Tiffany Diamond, Fancy Yellow Diamond, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson

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