Revival Jewels

Old World Elegance at The Met Gala 2014

Brenda KangComment

Paying homage to America's couturier Charles James with a White Tie and Decorations theme, this year's Met Ball certainly saw the attendees of the star studded event dressed to impress! Although most celebrities were decorously decked out in romantic ball gowns and smart tailcoats, there were a handful of rebels who reinterpreted the dress code with pantsuits and cocktail dresses. A few looked hot, others did not. Whilst we caught a couple of A-listers who were suspiciously still hanging on to last year's Punk and Chaos theme with their carefully chosen spiked earrings and ear-cuffs; co-chair of the gala, Sarah Jessica Parker, wowed us in an Oscar de la Renta creation as she waved goodbye happily to last year's Punk with a gloved hand and demonstrated to everyone how old school glamour is really done. We also particularly loved Liu Wen in a structured dress by Zac Posen and Lauren Santo Domingo, wearing Oscar de la Renta and an amazing necklace by JAR. 

Thanks to Fred Leighton, we saw many of the guests adorned in vintage jewels from the firm's collections. Here are some of the best-dressed, all wearing vintage jewels! Have fun ogling!

p.s. If any of these magnificent jewels catch your fancy, we have some similar pieces available for sale! 

Sarah Jessica Parker in an Oscar de la Renta ivory duchess satin and black velvet gown with exposed crinoline dress. Diamond drop earrings, approx. 4 carats each, by Fred Leighton, circa 19th century; diamond and white enamel bracelet in gold, circa 19th century and diamond and pearl circular brooches.

Dita Von Teese in a Zac Posen dress, with a diamonds, topaz and enamel necklace in 18K yellow gold , from Van Cleef and Arpels, circa 1946; vintage earrings featuring diamonds set in platinum and 18K white and yellow gold, and ring set with diamonds and pink sapphires in 18K rose gold, by Oiseaux de Paradis 

Jessica Pare in a Michael Kors custom strapless black silk wool shantung bustle gown with white floral threadwork and sequin embroidery and black sandals. Diamond flower earrings in platinum by Fred Leighton, circa 1950’s; a diamond bombe swirl cocktail ring in platinum, sapphire, circa mid-century; a diamond ring in platinum circa 1950; a sapphire and diamond cross over bracelet in platinum, circa 1930 and a diamond wave bracelet in platinum, circa 1950’s.

Amber Heard in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture embroidered silk dress. Diamond ear pendants, by Fred Leighton, circa 19th century; a diamond cluster bracelet, circa 19th century; a pair of diamond bracelets, circa early 19th century.

Anna Wintour in a Chanel Couture dress and a diamond floral necklace, circa 19th century

Reese Witherspoon in a Stella McCartney hot pink strapless gown. Diamond floral cluster earrings in platinum, by Fred Leighton, circa 1950s; a diamond arm bangle, circa 19th century and an old mine diamond cluster ring.

Olivia Munn in a daffodil yellow dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. Diamond and gold wing brooch worn in hair, by Fred Leighton, circa 1940s; round brilliant diamond studs in yellow gold, approximately 3 carats each; by Fred Leighton; citrine and sapphire bracelet in gold, by Fred Leighton, circa 1940s and sapphire and diamond fan ring in gold, by Fred Leighton, circa 1940s

Allison Williams in an Oscar de la Renta coral silk faille gown and coral silk Goa clutch. A diamond laurel leaf necklace, by Fred Leighton, circa 19th century; round brilliant diamond studs, approx. 4 carats each; and a pair of diamond flower brooches worn in the hair, circa 19th century.