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Shine Bright like a Hollywood Diva this Season

Hello December! The most magical and beautiful month of the year has finally arrived bringing - hopefully - only joy. As the lyrics says, it's time to leave our troubles behind and celebrate the good things, which means: holiday parties, which means: dressing and showing up. Once crystals are back on trend again, my tip here is to use this in your favor and show up shining bright like a diamond Hollywood Diva.

Make a statement wearing a dazzling piece of jewelry this holiday season. It doesn't matter if it's made of diamonds or crystals, I'm here for all things sparkly and according to Vogue, "when temperatures call for wool, fur, and cashmere, the shine of (Swarovski) crystals balances the comfort of winter textures" creating the perfect fashion match, elegant and sophisticated. 

Shimmering pendants, earrings, bracelets, and ornaments... chose to shine this season!

My choice: the Riviera (or rivière) necklace. A classic piece that features a single strand of gemstones, usually diamonds, which are typically of the same general size and cut. Each gemstone is often round or oval-shaped, and they are set individually in a close chain, creating a continuous line or “river” of gems around the neck, which is how it got its name (Rivière is French for river).

Lights, camera and... jewelry! Get inspired by some of the most iconic moments in cinema where the jewelry - especially necklaces - had more notoriety than the actual movie.

Katharine Hepburn in Holiday, 1938

As Linda Seton, the actress wears a series of fine jewels designed by jeweler Paul Flato - at the request of George Cukor, the film’s director - including a fabulous three-strand diamond collet necklace with a three-inch diamond loop that hangs gracefully down her back and a sunburst brooch of canary diamonds (above).

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

During Marilyn Monroe's performance of the song Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953), the sparkle that embellishes the actress was not made of diamonds, but actually of Swarovski crystals.

Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief (1955) 

The film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, sees Kelly play an American heiress who tries to lure a former thief, played by Cary Grant, into stealing her necklace. The garlanded 'diamond' bib necklace she wears was a costume jewel, borrowed as a prop for the film.

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (1990)

Everyone remembers that scene when a necklace of succulent red rubies appeared on the big screen: the majestic piece of jewelry was forged by the French Fred Joaillier and was valued at over a million dollars.

Gwyneth Paltrow in A Perfect Murder (1998)

Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick managed the wardrobe for Gwyneth Paltrow’s upper East Side character, Emily Taylor and despite the character’s evident wealth, which is a major plot point in the story, she wears the same overcoat, jewelry, watch and handbag throughout the film. Steeling the scene: a diamond Riviera necklace and bracelet, rumored to be from Cartier.

Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

In the film, journalist Andie Anderson, played by Kate Hudson, wears a real Harry Winston diamond wreath necklace with an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant (called the "Isadora") attached, valued at approximately $5,280,000 and a pair of 5-carat radiant cut yellow diamond stud earrings worth approximately $125,000.

Angelina Jolie in The tourist (2010)

Angelina Jolie’s heroine in a black dress with a diamond choker necklace: it turned out that the jewelry was an old tiara before. But jeweler Robert Prokop remade the tiara in a stunning necklace (estimated at $2.5 million). That jewelry became the first item in Jolie’s charity jewelry collection. Funds from the sale of this collection are transferred to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict’s account.

Gal Gadot in Death on the Nile (2022)

A recreation of Tiffany 128-carat yellow diamond necklace previously worn by Audrey Hepburn and Lady Gaga, was worn by Gal Gadot’s character Linnet Doyle in the 2022 Agatha Christie adaptation 'Death on the Nile', worth approximately $30 million.

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Theriz Choices

Shining Star: This necklace is a classic jewelry staple that brings instant sophistication to any outfit.

Did you know?

No one knows exactly when riviere diamond necklaces came into being, but there are theories. Many believe that the diamond choker’s origins date back to 1811 when, in celebration of the birth of their son, Napoleon gifted his second wife, Marie Louise, a jewel composed of 28 round old mine cut diamonds suspending a fringe pattern of large pear-shaped diamonds. Now part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, the Napoleon Diamond Necklace isn’t by strict definition a rivière, but definitely showcases the style roots of the design in terms of its choker necklace element. 


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