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The 70th Cannes Film Festival has come to an end. We are a little reluctant to let go of the glamour, so we are taking a final, retrospective look at the sparklers that made the outfits on the red carpet. Like in the first instalment of our Cannes jewellery report (we also did one on the best dressed!) Chopard had a good showing, but other red carpet regulars like Bulgari, Harry Winston, and Chaumet didn’t fail to impress either.
1. Liu Wen
The statuesque Chinese model turned heads in a fiery red Givenchy number at the premiere of The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola. She wore a short 18k white gold necklace from Chopard’s High Jewellery Collection, set with 39.97 carats of diamonds, which layered perfectly over the dress’ high crew neck. A pair of diamond earrings, also from Chopard’s High Jewellery Collection, completed her look.
2. Diane Kruger
The star’s outfit for the amfAR Gala was a rather unusual one. She wore wide-legged pants underneath her dress, an asymmetric Alexander McQueen’s creation called Magical Map. The map in question was an elaborate embroidered design of a stylised sun, moon, and keys done in beads, silver threads, fringes and feathers. Given the detail already on her clothes, Kruger opted for a more minimalist choice of jewellery. She wore diamond stud earrings from Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection, and two rings, one with a 5.04 cushion-cut diamond, and one with a square-cut diamond of 7.01 carats, both from the brand’s High Jewellery Collection.
3. Uma Thurman
In a soft pink Prada dress that was plain save for a feathered fringe at the hem, the American A-lister exuded understated elegance at Cannes’ 70th Anniversary Soiree. She kept her jewellery equally minimalist with a single pair of earrings from the La Nature de Chaumet collection featuring pink spinels and pink sapphires that echoed the shade of her dress. Thurman may have taken “less is more" a little too seriously though, because the addition of a dainty necklace nestled in the dip of her collarbone certainly wouldn’t have hurt the simple boat neck of her dress.
4. Salma Hayek
At the Vanity Fair party, an event attended by show business’ most fabulous and beautiful, Salma Hayek managed to stand out – and it was definitely due to the stunning Baikal necklace from Boucheron’s Hiver Imperial High Jewellery collection draped around her neck. At the center of the masterpiece was an extraordinary 78.33-carat Santa Maria aquamarine, surrounded by moonstones and diamonds, and set in a sea of akoya pearls. This was definitely a case of the jewellery making the outfit; Hayek’s rather basic Yves Saint Laurent dress was the perfect black canvas for the statement necklace.
5. Bella Hadid
The supermodel’s chosen ensemble was unmistakably Bulgari – a Serpenti necklace and matching bracelet, both glittering in diamonds, from the brand’s High Jewellery collection. Vying for attention was her striking red backless Christian Dior dress. The whole look was definitely one that commanded attention on the red carpet at the premiere of Science fiction drama Okja.
6. Nicole Kidman
The star turned up at Harry Winston’s biggest annual event, the amfAR Gala, bedecked in diamonds from the American jeweller. Given that her outfit was a bold Chanel couture gown with sequins, exaggerated shoulders, and feathers on the skirt and collar, she forewent a necklace for simple 6.17-carat round diamond ear studs, keeping her neck area tastefully bare. The statement jewellery were limited to her hands, where a chunky Diamond Links Bracelet set with 34.70 carats of diamonds, and an Emerald-Cut Diamond Rock Band with 14.66 carats of the stone, were worn.
7. Emily Ratajkowski
It seems like the supermodels have a thing for the Italian jewellery house. Not satisfied with the seven large gum drop-like rubellites on one necklace from Bulgari’s High Jewellery collection, Ratajkowski layered it with a second statement necklace from the brand, a vintage piece dating back to 1969 featuring a large emerald on the pendant. The result resembled a cross between a chandelier and drop necklace, and gave her otherwise predictable dress – a slinky gold number by Spanish designer Simona Barbieri – an unexpected ethnic-looking twist.