In case you missed the pre-show coverage on Monday, know this: The 2018 Emmys Red Carpet didn’t really start to heat up until Penélope Cruz arrived. Unfortunately, the movie star-turned-TV actor didn’t get the nod for her portrayal of Donatella Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but she clearly won the hearts of the crowd (including this fan) in her exquisite Chanel Haute Couture gown. Cruz also surprised veteran gem-watchers when it was revealed that her spectacular diamonds were actually Lab-Created Diamonds from the Penélope Cruz Collection for Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry.
A Brilliant Partnership
Swarovski made a wise decision when it tapped the 44-year-old Cruz to lend her glamorous style and design skills to a collection of responsibly sourced jewelry. She previewed a few of the line’s lab-grown rubies on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Three gorgeous diamond pieces debuted at the Emmys: a necklace, studs, and a ring featuring Swarovski Created Diamonds set in 18K FairTrade White Gold.
“Before speaking to Nadja [Swarovski] I didn’t realise that it was possible to create stones in a lab,” Cruz told Vogue U.K.. “When I saw how much she cares about not creating a negative impact on the environment, it was very inspiring.”
Yes, Lab-Created Diamonds Are Real Diamonds
According to Swarovski.com, “Lab-Created Diamonds are 100% diamonds. The only difference is that the origin is a laboratory and not the earth. Swarovski Created Diamonds are identical to mined diamonds possessing the same chemical composition, hardness, brilliance and fire – just as a greenhouse-grown orchid is identical to one found in nature.”
As more and more jewelry designers and their customers look to embrace “conscious luxury,” man-made diamonds are gaining acceptance—especially among Millennial and Gen Z buyers of engagement rings. With the onset of official engagement season (November through Valentine’s Day), look to OBJ to bring you more news of this exciting trend next month.
You Be the Judge
Want to see all the red carpet looks from the 70th Annual Emmy Awards? Click here and tell us your favorite in the Comments section below.
To learn more about A-listers who are designing jewelry, read our post on: Supermodel Collabs: Jewelry Collections by Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid.