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2022’s biggest Oscars jewellery trends

Lady Gaga, Zendaya, and Zoe Kravitz all wore this seasons stand out jewellery trend -short, collar length necklaces. Different versions were created by everyone from Bulgari to Tiffany & Co. as well as De Beers, Gucci and Cartier and Harry Winston.

By Kim Parker

While the red carpet has had a dash of added drama this awards season (no, we don’t mean that Will Smith moment. We’re talking about the sheer variety of cut-out gowns, hot pants and floor-sweeping fuchsia looks), it has, so far, been dominated by one sparkling jewellery trend above all overs: the short necklace. More specifically, the collar-length necklace, with the odd choker thrown in for good measure, has emerged as the defining red carpet jewellery trend of 2022.

No matter what outfits they have worn, celebrities have been almost universal in their love of using a gemstone collar as a final flourish. At the Oscars, Ariana DeBose’s hot red pantsuit looked sensational with a diamond collar from De Beers. So did Downton Abbey-star Lily James’ pale pink strapless gown, and Caitriona Balfe’s white Louis Vuitton dress with its ruffled train. A sleek Bulgari diamond collar was even the perfect accompaniment to Zendaya’s cropped menswear-style silk shirt and floor-length sequinned skirt. 

Ariana DeBose in DeBeers
Oscar winner Ariana DeBose in her DeBeers diamond collar necklaces

Everywhere the camera turned, glittering collars were on display. Zoe Kravitz, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Kidman and H.E.R all opted for collar styles to accessorise their Academy Awards looks. The short necklace also dominated the after-party scene. Jessica Chastain changed out of her cotton candy-pink gown into a metallic green Gucci number, complete with a matching high jewellery collar. Annabelle Wallis gave her prom-style gown added bite in the form of a crocodile shaped collar from Cartier, and Anya Taylor-Joy leavened her gothic Dior gown and face veil with a diamond rivière. 

It wasn’t just the ladies who opted to go short and sweet with their necklaces. Both Timothée Chalamet and Kodi Smit-Mcphee chose to wear diamond-studded collar necklaces as from Cartier as part of their red carpet jewellery – the former deciding to forgo a shirt altogether and let his necklaces do all the talking. At the Grammy Awards, rocker Travis Barker also went bare beneath his waistcoat, save for a sterling silver chain-link necklace from Tiffany & Co., which he looped into a short choker style. 

Lady Gaga in Tiffany at the Grammys 2022
Lady Gaga at the 2022 GRAMMY awards in a Tiffany & Co Schlumberger necklace with morganites and diamonds (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Indeed, the musical awards show was awash with short necklaces, too. Everyone from Saweetie to Lady Gaga and Halsey to Dua Lipa chose a collar-length necklace to go with their gowns. As if to highlight their statuses as the ultimate must-haves, Olivia Rodridgo, one of the night’s biggest winners, sported both a collar and a choker necklace with her black Vivienne Westwood gown.   

“A collar length is perfect for awards season, because it nods to old school glamour but it’s much more flattering and modern,” says jeweller Anabela Chan, whose Diamond Leaf Collar necklace was worn by Zooey Deschanel to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. “It gives structure to your whole look and it works with every neckline, both high and low cut, so it’s a great option for stylists. It also shows off your collarbones and, crucially, because it sits high up on the body it photographs really well, which is important in the age of social media.” 

Scroll through for some of our favourite collar necklaces of awards season so far.

Lily James wears Piaget at the Oscars
Lily James wears Piaget at the Oscars
Tiffany Haddish wore a one-of-a-kind tourmaline and diamond collar necklace from Pomellato’s La Gioia High Jewellery collection
Zoë Kravitz wore a diamond collar necklace by Kwiat to the 2022 Academy Awards (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
H.E.R in Chopard at the Oscars 2022
Musician H.E.R. chose a white gold and emerald collar necklace by Chopard for the Oscars this year (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images)
Jessica Chastain in Gucci for the Vanity Fair Oscars party
Jessica Chastain adorned her emerald green dress with a High Jewellery lion head necklace with opal, tanzanites and diamonds from Gucci for the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
Zendaya in Bulgari at the Oscars 2022
Zendaya complemented her menswear-inspired shirt with a slim serpent collar necklace by Bulgari for the 2022 Academy Awards (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman wears Harry Winston at the Oscars 2022
Nicole Kidman wears a Harry Winston necklace with white and yellow diamonds to the 2022 Academy Awards
Zooey Deschanel wears Anabela Chan
Zooey Deschanel wears a diamond collar necklace by Anabela Chan to the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)

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