House of Waris for Forevermark – Part II

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond ring.

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond ring.

I was delighted when I heard the news that House of Waris designer Waris Ahluwalia was teaming up with Forevermark again for a collection, and I’ve got a sneak peek of the final result for you today.

Ahluwalia and Forevermark first collaborated in 2012 on a single piece called ‘Light Emanating from the Heart’, which is a pendant necklace featuring a 14.58 carat oval diamond at the center. It was worn by actress Samantha Barks to the 2013 Academy Awards and I recall thinking at the time how unusual it was for the red carpet (big points for that), but also what a great necklace it was all things considered.

This time around, it is a 13 piece collection that came together after Ahluwalia took a journey in Spring 2013 to South Africa and Botswana to explore the diamond mining process. The three design themes are inspired by this trip, while keeping the exotic-old-world-meets-new aesthetic that the House of Waris is known for. A star-studded party was held at The Explorers Club in New York City on Monday to celebrate the launch and the rest of the collection will be revealed on the Forevermark website at the end of the month.

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond earrings.

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond earrings.

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond pendant.

House of Waris for Forevermark diamond pendant.

Waris Ahluwalia at the Tswalu Game Reserve in South Africa April 2013 as part of his diamond journey (Chris Wray McCann)

Waris Ahluwalia at the Tswalu Game Reserve in South Africa April 2013 as part of his diamond journey (Chris Wray McCann)

House of Waris for Forevermark first collaboration, 'Light Emanating from the Heart' featuring a 14.58 carat diamond.

House of Waris for Forevermark first collaboration, ‘Light Emanating from the Heart’.

Samantha Barks wearing House of Waris for Forevermark necklace at the 2013 Oscars.

Samantha Barks wearing House of Waris for Forevermark necklace at the 2013 Oscars.

Forevermark x Gareth Pugh

Forevermark Gareth Pugh

Edgy fashion designer Gareth Pugh has teamed up with Forevermark to create his first piece of fine jewelry. After having visited African diamond mines and seeing the diamond process from beginning to end, he employed the latest CAD technology to create a characteristically armor-like piece that features Forevermark diamonds set in stainless steel. Is it a necklace? Is it a cuff? I don’t know and no one saying, but either way it’s pretty cool.

UPDATE: It’s a mighty big necklace!

2013 Oscars Jewelry

Diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds.

Jennifer Garner in Neil Lane at the 2013 Oscars.

Jennifer Garner in Neil Lane

At the 2013 Oscars, the proliferation of colorless diamonds was definitely noticeable. There were only two big necklaces, one of which was on Jennifer Gardner who wore Neil Lane and Helen Hunt in a graphic Martin Katz that shimmered beautifully as she walked the red carpet.

Helen Hunt in Martin Katz at the 2013 Oscars.

Helen Hunt in Martin Katz

Major bracelets were the order of the day with Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron in Harry Winston, Amy Adams in Mouawad, Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton, Queen Latifah in Ritani and Naomi Watts in Neil Lane.

Oscars 2013

Clockwise from top left: Amy Adams, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Reese Witherspoon (click on image for larger view)

Jennifer Lawrence once again wore Chopard diamond jewelry on the red carpet and wore a simple diamond-accented chain down the back of her dress for a very glamorous look.

Chopard Jennifer Lawrence 2013 Oscars

Jennifer Lawrence in Chopard

Sandra Bullock wore Harry Winston in her hair.

Harry Winston Sandra Bullock 2013 Oscars

Sandra Bullock in Harry Winston

Lawrence wasn’t the only one wearing her necklace backwards. Anne Hathaway apparently chose her Prada dress a few hours before the red carpet, and accented it with a Tiffany & Co. necklace from the 2013 Blue Book Collection as well as other Tiffany jewelry. She too wore it draped down the back and… well, there could have been a better match. The straps at the back of the dress interfered with the necklace (and from the front as well) and it just takes away from the design. Maybe the jewelry was picked before the dress??

Tiffany Anne Hathaway 2013 Oscars

Anne Hathaway wearing Tiffany & Co.

Most of the gold was found on dresses, but there were some touches of it in jewel form. Other than Jessica Chastain mentioned above, gold was also seen on Olivia Munn in Harry Winston, Nicole Kidman in Fred Leighton, Salma Hayek in Cindy Chao (in her hair), Catherine Zeta-Jones in Lorraine Schwartz, Jane Fonda in Chopard, and Naomie Harris in H. Stern, each of whom had a significant amount of gold on their dresses.

2013 Oscars Gold Jewelry

Clockwise from top left: Naomie Harris, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Olivia Munn (click on image for larger view)

Special gold mention goes to Samantha Barks of Les Misérables who wore this stunning House of Waris ‘Light Emanating from the Heart’ necklace that featured a 14.67 carat oval diamond.

House of Waris Samantha Barks 2013 Oscars

Samantha Barks wearing House of Waris for Forevermark.

Kelly Rowland again wore black Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and joining her was Kelly Osborne in Norman Silverman earrings, Melissa McCarthy in Henri J. Sillam earrings, and Halle Berry in Adeler earrings.

2013 Oscars Black Earrings

Clockwise from left: Kelly Rowland, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Berry, Kelly Osborne (click on image for larger view)

One really had to go digging to find color on the red carpet. Most notable were Jennifer Hudson’s opal Sutra earrings. Also in color are Renee Zellweger with a Van Cleef & Arpels ruby bracelet, Marcia Gay Harden in John Hardy, Fan Bingbing in Chopard rubies and Jenna Dewan in Irene Neuwirth opals.

2013 Oscars Jewelry Color

Clockwise from top left: Marcia Gay Harden, Jenna Dewan, Jennifer Hudson, Renee Zellweger, Fan Bingbing (click on image for larger view)

Zoe Saldana stood apart with some rarely seen pearls and lots of rings, including a diamond snake, from Neil Lane, reminiscent of Rihanna’s look at the Grammys (also by Neil Lane).

Neil Lane Zoe Saldana 2013 Oscars

Zoe Saldana wearing Neil Lane

I was expecting more color on the red carpet given that there was a good amount of it in the lead-up to the Oscars, but that’s the fun of it… you just never know!