Trending: Jeweled Headbands and Tiaras, as Seen at the Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards will forever be remembered for that whopper of a snafu at end of the show. However, we’d prefer to concentrate on a jewelry trend that quietly emerged on Oscar night and is rising in the fashion firmament: jeweled headbands and tiaras.

Ruth Negga in Gemfields Ruby Tiara by Irene Neuwirth
Ruth Negga in Gemfields Ruby Tiara by Irene Neuwirth. Photo Courtesy of Tiara Photo Courtesy of

Two Dazzling Headpieces

Janelle Monae in Jennifer Behr Headband
Janelle Monae in Jennifer Behr Headband. Photo Courtesy of

The most outstanding example was Ruth Negga, who rocked an Irene Neuwirth tiara encrusted with Gemfields rubies from Mozambique. Set upon Negga’s beautiful short hair, the tiara was fresh…yet also medieval looking. The gold and ruby crown was the perfect counterpoint to the star’s custom lace Valentino gown, with its long sleeves and demure high neck.

Appearing in her signature black and white, the always fashion-forward Janelle Monae wore a spectacular Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. Her Jennifer Behr headband, which resembled golden laurel leaves, topped off a more-is-more ensemble that included diamond earrings and a statement necklace.

As Seen In

This week, Accessories Magazine continued the jeweled headband and tiara trend by profiling Miu Miu’s newest crystal and pearl headband. “With two rows of Swarovski crystals and faux pearls, the piece lies flat (as opposed to a tiara with height) and what we would call ‘understated glam’ because it’s not a full-blown tiara but it definitely gets the job done,” said the editors of AM.

The Swarovski crystal and pearl headband by Miu Miu retails for $550.

L - Miu Miu’s Crystal and Pearl Headband. R - Look for Less Berry Brooch Set of Two
L – Miu Miu’s Crystal and Pearl Headband is $550. Photo Courtesy of
R – Look-for-Less Berry Brooch Set of Two at, $14.97.

Get the Look for Less

In case you thought headbands were too preppy or old-school to suit your style, think again. If red carpet it-girls like Ruth and Janelle are wearing them, there’s definitely something going on.

While most of us can’t afford Gemfields rubies, we can certainly find crystal and faux gemstone headbands in most department stores…even in the hair care aisles of our local drugstores.

Look for more bejeweled headpieces to appear by summer, as the “Oscar” effect continues to grow…and glow.


Did you love the rubies in the Irene Neuwirth tiara? If you did, perhaps rubies adorn your jewelry box too… Click here for our tip about the best way to clean ruby jewelry. Enjoy!




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