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15 Pairs of Diamond Drop Earrings from the Golden Globe Awards

Beverly Hills, Calif. March 4, 2021. To say that diamond drop earrings were the top trend at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards is a bit like saying there are apples in an orchard, but it’s true, so here we are. Diamond drop earrings were the top jewelry trend at the socially distanced and partially virtual affair: Presenters were live either at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills or Rainbow Room in New York City, while nominees Zoomed from home.

This Covid-19-era reality gave way to a truly mixed lot of looks, with some stars owning a work-from-home clothing situation (think jammies—Jodie Foster—and hoodies, thank you, Jason Sudeikis) while others went glam. The latter gave us jewelry lovers the sparkle we crave.

[BTW, those ultra-leisure looks could have been good luck charms for both Foster and Sudeikis since she won for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role in “The Mauritanian,” and he won Best Television Actor – Musical/Comedy Series for his work in “Ted Lasso.”]

But back to the sparkle. Here’s a snapshot of the most memorable diamond danglers from the night, brought to you from the lobes of stars.

Kate Hudson in Bulgari Serpenti Viper earrings. Hudson was a presenter and a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Music.” Source: @katehudson

Kate Hudson in Bulgari Serpenti Viper earrings. Hudson was a presenter and a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Music.” Source: @katehudson

Lily Collins in Cartier. Collins was a nominee for Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Emily in Paris.” Source: @lilyjcollins

Lily Collins in Cartier. Collins was a nominee for Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Emily in Paris.” Source: @lilyjcollins

Emma Corrin in Cartier. Corrin won the title of Best Television Actress – Drama Series, for her role as Princess Diana on “The Crown.” Source: @emmalouisecorrin

Emma Corrin in Cartier. Corrin won the title of Best Television Actress Drama Series, for her role as Princess Diana on “The Crown.” Source: @emmalouisecorrin

Vanessa Kirby in Cartier. Kirby was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “Pieces of a Woman.” @vanessa__kirby

Vanessa Kirby in Cartier. Kirby was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “Pieces of a Woman.” @vanessa__kirby

Andra Day in Chanel (Day is shown with Tyler James Williams and Tone Bell). Day won Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “The United States v. Billie Holiday.” Source: @andradaymusic

Andra Day in Chanel (Day is shown with Tyler James Williams and Tone Bell). Day won Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “The United States v. Billie Holiday.” Source: @andradaymusic

Kyra Sedgwick in Chopard. Sedgwick was a presenter for the evening. Source: @kyrasedgwickofficial

Kyra Sedgwick in Chopard. Sedgwick was a presenter for the evening. Source: @kyrasedgwickofficial

Amanda Seyfried in Forevermark. Seyfried was a presenter and a nominee for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, for her role in “Mank.” Source: @forevermark

Amanda Seyfried in Forevermark. Seyfried was a presenter and a nominee for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, for her role in “Mank.” Source: @forevermark

Exceptional diamond earrings from Forevermark worn by Amanda Seyfried

Exceptional diamond earrings from Forevermark worn by Amanda Seyfried

Regina King in Forevermark. King was a nominee for Best Director – Motion Picture, for her work in “One Night in Miami.” Source: @iamreginaking

Angela Bassett in Graziela Gems. Bassett was a presenter this year. Source: @grazielagems

Angela Bassett in Graziela Gems, sapphires and diamonds. Bassett was a presenter this year. Source: @grazielagems

Elle Fanning in Fred Leighton. Fanning was a nominee for Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “The Great.” Source: @ellefanning

Elle Fanning in Fred Leighton. Fanning was a nominee for Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “The Great.” Source: @ellefanning

Jane Fonda in Pomellato. Fonda took this year’s Cecil B. deMille Award. Source: @pomellato

Jane Fonda in Pomellato, rubellite and diamonds. Fonda took this year’s Cecil B. deMille Award. Source: @pomellato

Viola Davis in Pomellato. Davis was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Source: @pomellato

Viola Davis in Pomellato. Davis was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, for her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Source: @pomellato

Tina Fey in Pomellato (she wore jewels from other brands as well). Fey was a host for the evening, along with pal Amy Poehler. Source: @pomellato

Tina Fey in Pomellato (she wore jewels from other brands as well). Fey was a host for the evening, along with pal Amy Poehler. Source: @pomellato

Anya Taylor-Joy in Tiffany & Co. Taylor-Joy was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Emma” and won Best Actress – Television Motion Picture, for her role in “The Queen’s Gambit.” Source: @tiffanyanco

Anya Taylor-Joy in Tiffany & Co. Taylor-Joy was a nominee for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, for her role in “Emma” and won Best Actress – Television Motion Picture, for her role in “The Queen’s Gambit.” Source: @tiffanyanco

Salma Hayek in Harry Winston. Hayek was a presenter this year. @harrywinston

Salma Hayek in Harry Winston. Hayek was a presenter this year. @harrywinston


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The Final Word from Attendees to the Vicenzaoro VOICE Jewelry Trade Show? Better Than Expected

Vicenza, Italy. Sept. 17, 2020. Phrases used by those in attendance at the Vicenzaoro VOICE fair, Sept. 12–14, to describe the first major jewelry trade show since late February include:

“More buyers than we expected.”

“Surprised in a positive way.”

“Sales were good though far from normal.”

“Extremely successful communication.”

“Good signals for promising returns for the gift season.”

“Thankful to be back in business.”

Overall sentiment was pragmatic. Sergio Antonini of the same-name design firm was initially skeptical of participating, but his fears were ultimately alleviated. “I was worried to invest in an exhibition that doesn’t bring any sales,” he explained in an email interview. “Then we saw the layout and a lot of exhibitors participating, and we understood that it was the right way to restart.”

Most participating brands were also pleasantly surprised. Of course, traffic and exhibitors were quieter than at previous editions, as were sales, but the promise of a better tomorrow was stationed in the minds of many. Social distancing measures, mandatory mask wearing, temperature taking, and the wide distribution of hand sanitizer and rigorous cleaning protocols did not dampen spirits. Attendees realized these were necessary measures to take in order to tiptoe back to more normal business.

“Stringent safety measures were in place,” said David Brough, editor of Jewellery Outlook in London. “I think Vicenzaoro showed great courage, imagination, resilience, and, most important, leadership to stage the VOICE trade fair at a time when other shows had canceled.”

For sure, interviewees were pleased with measures taken by the show organizer, the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG). From safety to attendance by journalists and bloggers from countries that could travel, coverage and seminar content—most of which was live streamed—were appreciated, according to brands interviewed. Numbers back up those opinions. Digital presentations experienced 3.5 million views on the show’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels, according to Marco Carniello, IEG’s group brand director, jewelry and fashion.

“No digital format can completely replace the physical encounter,” he says. However, there’s room for both live and virtual. “We learned that the hybrid fair is the future.”

And while Roberto Coin had low expectations—“We all knew that this show was not going to be a success in terms of sales,” he said over email—he took part in it because it represented moving forward: “It’s a signal that Italy is a safe place and that we are the first to restart.”

International travel restrictions may have hindered the live show, but buyers who attended were eager to resume business. Among their purchases: stacking rings, jewelry for a younger clientele, and collections that blended the traditional with the modern. Specific collections targeted by buyers? Ever from Mattioli; Morette from Nanis; Buckle, Hula Hoops, and Pebbles from Vendorafa; and Love in Verona, Princess Flower, Savauge Privé, and Rock and Diamonds from Roberto Coin, among others.

In the end, resilience and resourcefulness found a way. Coin called it “the strength, dedication, and passion of the industry to find a new way to collaborate together to reach a new normal, to feel safe and free again.” To be clear, some sales, too, were part of this winning equation. Collectively, sales skewed conservatively, but that’s not the case for Antonini. Can we say, “windfall”?

“We had a pair of orders from European buyers that covered the costs of the booth, and this is the best news,” he beams.


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Vicenzaoro VOICE: Licia Mattioli of Mattioli Talks Communication Strategies, Affordable Jewels, and the New Ever Jewelry Collection

Vicenza, Italy. Sept. 14, 2020. When asked about expectations for business at the Vicenzaoro VOICE fair, Sept. 12–14, Licia Mattioli of the eponymous jewelry firm spoke with cautious optimism.

“I believe we should wait until the end of the fair before drawing conclusions,” she says in an email interview. “VOICE is a new format, tailored for this delicate situation. Let’s stay positive, but let’s also be aware it may not be the usual fair we know.”

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Leading up to the show, her European retailers were eager for a restart. Many had stayed in touch throughout Italy’s lockdown by way of technology and were enthused at the prospect of meeting in person. “The European retailers at the fair are ones who are definitely looking for a reconnection,” she explains.

And while it’s too soon to expect a recovery, Mattioli observes that the general mood of Italians has improved compared with the winter. “People are being careful and are trying to follow the rules, but there is also a desire for normality,” she says.

Mattioli expands further on a return to business in the paragraphs below.

Jennifer Heebner: How did you and your family spend your time during lockdown?

Licia Mattioli: Being at home gave me the chance to spend more time with my family. Since I am always traveling a lot, I took the chance to rediscover a new way of life, definitely slower than what I am used to. I even had the chance to bake! But being “slow” doesn’t necessarily mean to not move forward. This slow time at my home also gave me the chance to rethink about my collections and Mattioli’s communication strategies. We were facing a hard time during which we were forced to reinvent the way we could interact with one another and the way we could share positive messages, but no business doesn’t mean you freeze a brand’s growth.

JH: What are Italian jewelry collectors buying now in terms of looks, materials, and price points?

LM: The general trend is to seek more-affordable prices, stacking pieces, and also to find jewels that can engage a younger target of customers. This is also one of the reasons why we’ve decided to introduce more color options and new materials to our latest collection, Ever. It is a collection of 18k rose gold jewels which includes stones like black diamonds, coral, turquoise, pink opal, and malachite. It has the great quality of handcrafted Italian jewelry but has a much younger look, perfect for those who are seeking for an unconventional jewel.

JH: What are your U.S. accounts telling you now about business?

LM: It is a difficult time. Customers are looking for more affordable prices, but on the other side, when a customer goes into a jewelry shop nowadays, it is actually because he or she wants to buy something. They don’t just hang around for ideas, it seems that those few customers know what they want and what they are looking for. Probably an improvement in terms of web communication and social media strategies worked out well to show them brands, jewelry options, and other useful information even during the lockdown.

JH: What kind of Christmas season are you expecting in Italy and in the U.S.?

LM: We expect a slow resumption around Christmas in Italy. Fall season will be probably slow, I feel people may still be cautious, but after so many months at home I feel there is a deep desire to go outside and enjoy life again. This may also translate into a sales resumption. In the U.S. we are hoping for a new season for our historical distributor Neiman Marcus.

JH: Tell me about your newest jewelry collection.

LM: Our newest collection is called Ever. It is inspired by the iconic “stud” shape of our masterpieces in the Reve_r collection. Ever is already available in stores both in Europe and in the U.S. The entry price is $1,000. We are also launching a new high-end parure of a cuff, ring, and earrings at The Voice. These are one-of-a-kind jewels in titanium and white and black diamonds and are inspired by the great architectures of Calatrava.

We are glad to announce that in the next weeks our new e-shop for the U.S. market will be launched. Customers will have the chance not only to purchase our jewels but also to interact with our Puzzle customizable products. We’ve developed a configurator through which the selection of our interchangeable mother-of-pearls will be fun and easy. We are very proud to introduce this new technology, and we are really looking forward to receiving feedback from our customers. Puzzle is our most iconic collection and our best seller all around the world, so it is thrilling to have a new tool to properly show the collection.

Ever ring in 18k gold with black diamonds, $1,520; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase

Ever ring in 18k gold with black diamonds, $1,520; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase

Ever earrings in 18k gold with turquoise, $2,040; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase

Ever earrings in 18k gold with turquoise, $2,040; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase

Ever necklace in 18k gold with coral, $5,600; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase

Ever necklace in 18k gold with coral, $5,600; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioli.it for purchase


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Vicenzaoro VOICE: Damiani Adds One-Of-A-Kinds to Its Regal Margherita Jewelry Collection

Vicenza, Italy. Sept. 14, 2020. Italian jewelry house Damiani has added both repeatable pieces and one-of-a-kind jewels to its Margherita collection, which first debuted in 2017. The idea behind Margherita is to honor and reinterpret an original jewel created by founder Enrico Grassi Damiani for Margherita of Savoy, the first Queen of Italy. A daisy motif is the focus of Margherita, and every jewel features a handmade flower created by the brand’s master goldsmiths in Valenza, Italy.

Color ways for repeatable styles include white gold and colorless diamonds, rose gold with brown diamonds and amethyst, and yellow gold with colorless diamonds and citrine. Meanwhile, one-off pieces include rings, brooch-pendants, earrings, and a bracelet watch. Gems of choice are fancy-color diamonds, yellow sapphires, golden beryl or heliodor, emeralds, morganite, multicolor sapphires, and brown diamonds.

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Public relations manager Giancarlo Parolini explains that the brand has reinvigorated Margherita in light of the Covid-19 crisis. “Damiani’s daisies return to bloom to celebrate the values of elegance, vitality, and femininity through sophisticated color schemes,” he says in an email interview.

“Now more than ever, Damiani is glad to point out that our creations are a ‘store of wealth or safe heaven’ for our customers…products characterized by an intrinsic value which stands inseparable from objects themselves,” he adds. “Covid-19 has created a totally new economic and cultural scenario where companies must adapt their business models following market changes and invest in innovation to be able to seize new business opportunities. More than ever we have to re-think what we do and how we do, not only to survive but to continue to excel in our sector.”

Margherita pieces will be available for sale in November in stores but also on the Damiani web site. “Digitalization will be an important trend over the coming months, but we must always remember that the human touch is always essential in the luxury jewelry and watches industry,” Parolini adds.

Digital meetings are a possibility to see new creations. Email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com to schedule a virtual visit.

Margherita ring in 18k rose gold with morganite, pink sapphires, and colorless diamonds, €25,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita ring in 18k rose gold with morganite, pink sapphires, and colorless diamonds, €25,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita earrings in 18k white and yellow gold with yellow and colorless diamonds, and emeralds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita earrings in 18k white and yellow gold with yellow and colorless diamonds, and emeralds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita Secret watch in 18k rose gold with morganite, multicolor sapphires, and brown diamonds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita Secret watch in 18k rose gold with morganite, multicolor sapphires, and brown diamonds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita Secret watch in 18k rose gold with morganite, multicolor sapphires, and brown diamonds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase

Margherita Secret watch in 18k rose gold with morganite, multicolor sapphires, and brown diamonds, €55,000; email giancarlo.parolini@damiani.com for purchase


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