The most expensive jewelry ever worn to the Oscars

By: Sarah Kelsey

There are plenty of things we love ogling on the Oscars’ red carpet – the shoes, the dresses, the beauty looks – but most of all, we can’t wait to be wowed by the jewelry worn by Hollywood’s leading ladies to accessorize their glamorous ensembles. Sometimes costing upwards of a million dollars, celebrity bling is what gives actresses extra shine, and helps them stand out among a sea of other best-dressed stars.

Who could forget the canary diamond earrings Kate Winslet wore to the 2010 Oscars? When she got up to present the award for Best Actress jaws dropped around the room at the sight of the sparkling yellow gems.

Similarly dainty yet expensive baubles were donned by Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Academy Awards when she played host. Her Tiffany & Co. necklace, earrings and ring took her look from demure to dazzling.

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While most red carpet walkers rent or borrow the gems they wear, Elizabeth Taylor actually owned the Bulgari emerald jewels she wore to the 1967 Oscars. The set recently fetched $24.8 million at Christie’s auction house and was purchased on a whim while she was out on a walk with her future husband and Cleopatra costar, Richard Burton.

Her gems inspired a million copies, much like the emerald-drop earrings Angelina Jolie wore on the red carpet in 2009. They are, perhaps, the most knocked off accessories in the history of the awards show. Famous faces like Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett have also worn some incredible bling. See some of the most expensive sets for yourself!


Sarah Kelsey is a gal in the know who regularly appears on television and writes for a variety of outlets. Check out her work at, on Twitter @sarahkelsey, Instagram @sakelsey and Pinterest @sakelsey.

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