Virtual Glamour: An Emmy’s 2020 Jewelry Roundup

Virtual Glamour: An Emmy’s 2020 Jewelry Roundup

I wasn’t sure what we were all in for at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, but given the challenges for the producers and the virtual attendees, the night and the fashion went pretty well. I personally loved the creative minds that came up with the concept for the evening’s attire and direction: “Come as You Are, But Make an Effort.”

It inspired many a star to enrobe themselves in designer pajamas paired with some impressive gems. In fact, it almost looked like they were dressed for another era, and I loved it! Other names opted for classic, beautiful gown looks and flaunted the usual high-jewelry additions I go crazy for. So, if you did tune in, you saw a diverse array of fashions, but I’d like to recap some of my favorite looks that stole the broadband show.

Rachel Brosnahan

The adorable “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actress decided to let her stylists coordinate a bespoke pajama look for the whole family. She, her husband, and the dogs showed up in luxe loungewear dreamt up by Michelle Obama’s mastermind tailor, Christy Rilling, in the most beautiful blue and fuchsia silks.

To top it all off, Brosnahan’s coordinating gems from Retrouvai included a custom charm necklace and a variety of colorful cocktail rings for some playful elegance. The most amazing part of it all is that the pajamas and a ring will be auctioned off for charity via RAD (Red Carpet Advocacy) to benefit Obama’s “When We All Vote” initiative.

Julia Garner 

Another actress that took the elevated pajama look very seriously was “Ozark” nominee—and now winner—Julia Garner. She was simply stunning in a 1920s-inspired ensemble designed by Chanel Haute Couture. I personally would try to recreate this look on a nightly basis if I had the energy, while sipping a cocktail fireside.

It is an aspirational getup that I thought stole the show—mainly due to the actress’s gorgeous fair skin and angelic features playing against a soft-pink silk blouse, the Perles Sautoir Akoya-pearl necklace, and Marthe diamond necklace finished with grey spinels and Japanese cultured pearls. She also wore the Rosée de Camelia ring and a cultured-pearl and diamond brooch in her hair, all by Chanel. Her swept-up curls and slightly tinted lips sealed the deal.

Kerry Washington 

Washington never really disappoints, and yes, she usually makes my list when it comes to awards show fashion winners.

Last Sunday night was no exception, as the actress wore a show-stopping leopard sequin and beaded Dolce & Gabbana dress with emerald and diamond earrings from Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection, along with a 19.8-carat emerald cabochon. Her super-straight bob made the whole look so chic that I could barely contain my appreciation.


An avant-garde vision, Zendaya was one of the actresses/presenters/winners that went all out. With her slightly 80s-inspired purple and black Christopher John Rogers dress, she rocked an assortment of Bvlgari high jewelry pieces spotlighting an insanely gorgeous necklace featuring seven cushion-cut amethysts totaling 132.93 carats set in 18-karat white gold. She is reported to be the youngest person to ever win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, and she certainly wore the right attire for this accomplishment.

Finished with a plunging neckline and a sleek side-part bun, this is one couture moment that will stay with me for a long time.

I’m looking forward to what the rest of the “Red Carpet Season” has to offer!


About The Author

Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Carat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.

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