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  • 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    The danger with real jewelry is that it can, if it is not worn with a certain panache, look a bit outdated.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

    wear anything else. (Just the one, otherwise it all becomes a bit Star Trek). An ear cuff, or indeed any item of jewelry that requires a few cartilage piercings of the pinna, as that upper bit of the ear is called, is an excellent semaphore for edgy glamor – see Joan Smalls, Diane Kruger and Emma Watson. “Spidery” diamonds (i.e. the opposite of big, blocky diamonds, so in your face they could be fake), also work well. Case in point are Diane Kordas’ delicate yet subtley rock’n’roll designs. Check out her intricate 18-karat diamond Arabesque ring; mix ’n’ match with her rectangle, oval or teardrop diamond rose-gold rings (one, perhaps, on a thumb?). Remember, it is your hands the camera will be focusing on when you hold that little gold man aloft.

    “Any item of JEWELRY that requires cartilage pierced is a semaphore for EDGY GLAMOR”

    I am also thinking of a bare, freckled arm, totem-poled with a healthy collection of gold and sapphire interlinked bangles by Inez and Vinoodh. A perfectly imperfect ponytail with a pair of turquoise and diamond drop earrings by Jennifer Meyer; a cascading labradorite necklace from Pippa Small on a young, tanned décolletage. A silver wrap with a pair of blackened-gold, multi-stoned earrings by Lydia Courteille. If you have green eyes, what about a pair of raspberry rubellite and rose-gold earrings from Fernando Jorge?

    But I could play this game forever. One thing is for sure, your canvas must be super-neutral (perhaps a black crepe sheath dress by Victoria Beckham; a Saint Laurent tuxedo; a black satin maxi with a cut-out back by Raquel Allegra). Too much embellishment on the dress front and you are in danger of looking like you are on a shopping channel selling the stuff. Anyway. Back to my reverie. Is that my dear friend and colleague Jen Lawrence trying to catch my eye?

    How to wear



    A classic black gown, paired with diamonds, never goes out of style.

    Delicate gems and
    super-fine bands of gold
    and silver are subtle
    enough for every day.

    Precious metals don’t have to be confined to just your jewelry.

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