what it is. One can probably get away with diamantes at the Oscars, I am sure, without anyone knowing. But the thrill of wearing the real McCoy is a little like wearing really expensive lingerie.
The danger with real jewelry is that it can, if it is not worn with a certain panache, look a bit outdated. You don’t want it to appear like it has been passed down from some relative who didn’t have any taste. By the same token, it should never look borrowed. That is even worse.
Real jewelry, especially if it is on the red carpet, has to have an element of cool about it. It also has to look like you bought it yourself. As I mount that hallowed stage to collect my Best Actress award, I would be wearing a diamond ear cuff. Cara Delevingne pulls the look off beautifully, but I particularly like the extremely fierce Ana Khouri one that Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Paris premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and by virtue of it didn’t really need to