The Adventurine Posts Surprising Jewelry Moments of 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a diamond leaf brooch with pearl earrings at a reception in Canada Photo by Sam Hussein/WireImage

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Surprising Jewelry Moments of 2016

Kate Middleton’s $100 Earrings, Rihanna’s Cameos and much more

by Marion Fasel

The year that was 2016, was nothing if not surprising.  Even in the jewelry realm there were several moments that caught me completely off guard.  Here are the 7 most surprising jewelry stories of the year.

VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 26: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attends a Goverment of British Columbia reception at Government House on September 26, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Pool/Sam Hussein/WireImage)

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a diamond leaf brooch with $100 pearl earrings at a reception in Canada Photo by Sam Hussein/WireImage

The Time Kate Middleton Wore the Queen Mother’s Diamond Brooch with $100 Pearl Earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge may be married to the future King of England but she doesn’t often take advantage of all the jewelry opportunities that position affords.  Yet, during the royal couple’s visit to Canada the Duchess gave jewel lovers something to behold.  On September 26, she put on the Queen Mother’s diamond Maple Leaf brooch which was nice but not really a surprise.  What was borderline shocking to this jewelry journalist was the way she paired the piece with $100 pearl earrings.  Read more…. 

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Zoe Saldana wearing Ted Muehling for the promotional poster of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (2016) Photo Paramount Pictures

‘Star Trek’ and ‘Rogue One’ Featured Jewels in the Plot Lines

Sci-Fi movies are not really known for jewelry.  Of course there was the brilliant moment in the final scene of Star Wars: A New Hope when Princess Leia (the late great Carrie Fisher) was turned out as true space royalty in the Planetoid Valleys necklace by Finnish designer Björn Weckström, but besides that there isn’t much.  Well, this year the two big sci-fi movies, Star Trek and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had jewels.

I interviewed the prop master of Star Trek about the creation of Uhura’s Vulcan necklace.  Read about it, as well as the Ted Muehling earrings that appeared in the movie, here….

There is a lot of Star Wars mythology in the Kyber Crystal necklace worn by Jyn in Rogue OneRead all about it here.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Marion Cotillard attends the UK Premiere of "Allied" at Odeon Leicester Square on November 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Marion Cotillard in Chopard earrings at the UK ‘Allied’ premiere Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

The Big Time Jewelry of Award Season Arrived Early

The important jewels don’t show up on the red carpet every day.  They are usually reserved for the important events of Award Season.  Well, this year the stars turned on the shine early wearing important pieces from Piaget, Cartier and Chopard for the premieres of films that are expected to be the front runners in the Oscar race.  Read more about Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Emma Stone here.  Read more about Marion Cotillard here.

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Kat Florence Flawless Diamonds Collection – Sarah Jessica Parker Campaign Photo by Peter Lindbergh

Sarah Jessica Parker (Finally) Collaborated on a Jewelry Collection

During the heyday of Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker must have launched a thousand jewelry trends.  There was something about the way she layered on important jewelry as easily as she tossed on her “Carrie” nameplate necklace that made the looks totally fresh and inspirational.  This year the stylish star finally turned her talents to jewelry design collaborating on a collection with London based designer Kat Florence.  Read more…

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Rihanna wearing her Jacique Aiche Robyn Cameo Ring among other jewels

Rihanna’s Wore Cameos

Body chains, ear cuffs, all kinds of edgy jewels are what one expects to see on Rihanna.  Cameo rings by Jacquie Aiche however were a surprise.  Read more…

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States celebrates a point during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary round Pool C match against Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird of Australia on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Kerri Walsh Jennings at the Olympics in Rio and a selection of Me&Ro jewelry she has worn during the Games Photo Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport; Courtesy

The Best Jewelry at the Olympics was worn by the USA Beach Volleyball Team

With all the blocking, jumping and diving into the sand that went on during the beach volleyball matches at the Olympic Games in Rio, you may think there wouldn’t be a lot of jewelry on the court.  Well, you’d be wrong.  Team USA stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross both shone in layers of designer jewelry from Me & Ro and Tiffany while they played.  Read more…

Singer/songwriter Katy Perry performs on stage during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Katy Perry at the DNC wearing Eleuteri vintage necklace and Jane Taylor diamond earrings Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP Getty Images

Katy Perry Shone in a Bulgari Masterpiece at the DNC

When Katy Perry took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia before Hilary Clinton’s historic speech, she told the audience how she had been on the trail with the Presidential candidate since the beginning of the campaign in Iowa.  Perry said she had a closet full of “Hilary themed dresses.”  Well, clearly she saved her best look for last.  Katy Perry belted out a couple of her hit songs for the delegates wearing a sequined gown from Michael Kors accessorized by one of the greatest American patriotic jewelry designs ever created. Read more..

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