Platinum Jewellery Leading Lady At 2012 Academy Awards
27/2/2012 06:54:45IT'S THE MOST important night of the year in the world of film and celebrities. Everyone who is anyone vies for first position in best-dressed lists in gossip magazines around the world. One thing was apparent though: Those in the know wore platinum jewellery.
Gracing everyone from Cameron Diaz to Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz to Natalie Portman, platinum jewellery from Hollywood's most celebrated jewellery designers was abound.
Jennifer Lopez sported an elegant pair of platinum and diamond drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, designer to the stars, made popular in 2002 when Halle Berry wore her jewellery on the red carpet.
Swiss based luxury watch, jewellery, and accessories company Chopard made an appearance on Penelope Cruz in the form of a spectacular 56 carat diamond pear shape and platinum necklace, 15 carat cluster earrings and a 43 carat diamond and platinum bracelet.
Natalie Portman, always stylish and sophisticated, wore a platinum and diamond v-shaped cluster necklace and oval drop earrings by diamond extraordinaire and owner of many of the world's most famous stones, Harry Winston.
Pieces from renowned period jewellery designer Neil Lane dripped off Angelina Jolie. 20 carat platinum and cushion-cut diamond drop earrings, matching 15 carat ring and 25 carats worth of diamond pins at her waist completed the familiar "little black dress" look we admire in Angelina.
While platinum is often seen on fashion's most elite, it is also in your grasp. Platinum is renowned for its strength and durability, and its natural white hue.
This precious metal became popular with the rise of white-gold jewellery when, at the time, jewellers had not yet been able to create an alloy that would last beyond it's rhodium plating. Twice as expensive as gold, high quality platinum should be a bright, whitish-grey colour, slightly darker than white gold and should never require plating.
However, platinum has its own downsides. Although it is much more durable than gold, asides from the cost, it also scratches, sometimes irreparably. While you can buff out small scratches, large ones are permanent as you can't, or rather, shouldn't, plate platinum with rhodium.
At Jason Withers, we're happy to discuss your setting options with you at your appointment, and to help you decide which metal suits your needs and desires. For more information on platinum, please visit here.