Being the daughter of a cinematographer and actress, it was probably always a given that Zooey Deschanel would enter show business – but who knew she would become one of the biggest actresses of her generation? From small but memorable roles in films like Almost Famous to comedic turns in Elf, Yes Man and the hit romantic musical-drama 500 Days of Summer, Deschanel has shown industry savvy in her acting roles – but also managed to establish herself as a fashion icon.
With indie fashion blogs hanging on her every style move, Deschanel played it safe and elegant for the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton. In a red dress with flowered frills and black heels, Deschanel struck a fashionable figure that was all brought together by a striking gold pendant necklace. She made an impression on more than just the red carpet photographers however, as Deschanel went on to tie for the win in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
If you're a fan of Deschanel for her now award-winning role in the hit sitcom New Girl, or just a devotee of unique and trendy fashion, you should seek out estate and vintage jewelry.
Emmy Rossum began her career in childhood, but wowed critics and audiences alike in the pivotal role of Christine in Joel Schumacher's big-budget adaptation of the Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. This box-office hit – which also starred the soon-to-be-famous Gerard Butler alongside a bevy of talented actors and singers – launched Rossum's career, which has continued through a variety of roles, particularly as a star member of the ensemble on the Showtime series Shameless.
It's no surprise that Rossum turned up at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Flanked by the biggest and brightest on TV, Rossum held her own in a gorgeous gold gown that shimmered along the red carpet and long afterward. She paired this eye-catching dress with a pair of matching pendant earrings. While Rossum might not have taken home the award – she was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series – she certainly won plenty of accolades for her wardrobe.
Earrings like Rossum's are the perfect complement to any dress style, gown, pantsuit or casual skirt and blouse combo. If you're looking for a similar style, check out antique jewelry. Everything from brooches to sapphire rings can liven up your wardrobe.
The career path of Emma Stone is a model one for any would-be starlet. From secondary TV beginnings, Stone scored a crucial role in 2007's teen comedy Superbad. From there she went on to secure a number of starring roles and vehicle pieces, from Zombieland and Easy A to more mature projects like The Help and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Now Stone has taken on the much-talked-about role of Gwen Stacy in Mark Webb's Spider-Man reboot. At the UK premiere in London, Stone donned the blonde locks she's adopted for the film's role, but went less traditional in the wardrobe department. Outfitted in a daring black pantsuit with a plunging neckline and bright orange belt, Stone lent the red carpet a sense of runway style. Just as impressive were her simple, yet stylish earrings.
Burgeoning fashionistas and actresses alike would do well to take a page from Stone's stylebook and look into similarly elegant earrings. Antique jewelry is a popular and unique choice alongside any outfit, from the runway daring to the everyday fashionable.
Gillian Jacobs worked her way through a variety of TV shows and film parts before getting her big breakthrough with NBC's cult-hit sitcom Community. Now the television star is returning to the big screen with a star-studded cast in the comedy-drama, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Whether Jacobs will be flexing her considerable and critically commended comedic muscle in the film remains to be seen when it releases on June 22nd, but in the meantime, Jacobs drew more than laughs at the film's premiere during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Her classy dress combined a cream-colored top with a black and brightly spotted floral skirt – all of which complemented a pair of fiery ruby earrings. Even if Jacobs didn't take the movie's starring role (that goes to Steve Carell), she did steal the red carpet.
For a vintage style like Jacobs' earrings, shoppers and fashion-enthusiasts will want to look for antique and estate jewelry. These one-of-a-kind pieces complement any modern dress with a unique and timeless elegance.
Elizabeth Banks has proven her drama and comedy talents time and time again, with roles spanning the past decade and a half. From the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer to hit sitcoms like 30 Rock and the recent sensation of The Hunger Games, she's been no stranger to exciting modern fashions along the way. Because of her impeccable style, no one was surprised to see her cut a striking figure at the Los Angeles premiere of her new drama, People Like Us.
A number of the star-studded cast arrived for the premiere, including Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer, but no one drew more attention than Banks with her neckline-plunging dress designed by Parisian fashion house J. Mendel. But while the dress turned heads, Banks' bold earrings really stole the show – thick onyx-colored hoops that complemented the dress' gold and bronze shimmer.
Banks and other Hollywood fashion icons are well-known connoisseurs of vintage and antique jewelry. These accessories have rich histories worthy of the silver screen, each piece individual and priceless in its own way.
Spain's biggest movie star (and perhaps one of the greatest film actresses of our time), Penelope Cruz, has never disappointed on the red carpet. Stylish throughout the years, she brings the same elegance to her wardrobe that she does to her film roles.
Cruz arrived at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of To Rome With Love, surrounded by the film's other stars, ranging from indie favorite Greta Gerwig and up-and-comer Jesse Eisenberg to the film's director, Woody Allen. Allen had previously directed Cruz to an Academy Award in 2008's Vicky Christina Barcelona, which bodes well for his new ensemble piece, set in Italy.
Although Cruz wore a shimmering beige dress to the red carpet premiere, the highlight of her ensemble was here hoop earrings, which shone all night thanks to the light-catching gemstones delicately placed along the rims. It's precisely these eclectic and tasteful touches that make Cruz the fashion icon she is. Those looking for a touch of similar style should consider vintage and estate jewelry, which has a one-of-a-kind elegance all its own.
Emily Maynard, the current star of ABC's hit series The Bachelorette, is officially engaged. Sources say the $90,000 ring – designed by legendary Hollywood jewelry guru Neil Lane – was given to Maynard just after midnight during filming on May 11th. It's a sunny spell of good news in an otherwise bumpy season for the long-running reality series.
Maynard, 26, is a single mother of one who joined this season of The Bachelorette amid a flurry of plastic surgery accusations. Shortly afterward, it was revealed that one of Maynard's suitor front-runners had had a previous relationship with a show producer. This sort of drama and speculation is par for the course in reality TV, however, and Maynard's shrugging it all off.
"Emily is still happy and engaged. She is ecstatic," a source told Life & Style Magazine. "She's over the moon and loves her ring."
Looking for a gorgeous 4-carat diamond ring like Maynard's? Vintage jewelry is one of the most desirable engagement ring options. These rings are unique in every way – it's difficult to imagine a better way to pop the question.
Whether you're searching for a diamond for yourself – a well-earned splurge on a piece of vintage jewelry guaranteed to last a lifetime and more – or looking to find the perfect ring for the perfect night for the perfect woman, diamond education is the first step toward success.
The most important things to know about diamonds can be summed up in one letter – C. There are four essential Cs in the world of diamonds – cut, color, carat and clarity. Here's how they work.
1. Cut. This refers to how the diamond is sculpted. The cut of a diamond determines its facets and – as a result – how eye-catching it is. When a diamond glimmers and shines, you know the cut is good.
2. Color. When it comes to color, the less the better. Colorless diamonds are pure sparkling transparency. There are still nice colored diamonds, but they're considered less desirable – unless, of course, you're looking for a yellow or pink one!
3. Carat. This is the unit of weight used to measure gemstones and precious metals. More often than not, the higher the carat is, the better.
4. Clarity. For all their beauty, diamonds have dirty beginnings. Clarity refers to how many blemishes or clouded portions the diamond contains.
The acclaimed pop diva and songstress Katy Perry has been turning heads for years with her red carpet and concert fashion choices. Some have been great, others have been interesting, but each has certainly sparked discussion on fashion blogs and magazines.
Perry, who ditched a recent blue bob for her usual dark locks, arrived at the City of Hope 2012 Spirit of Life Award gala in a surprisingly conservative 1920's flapper style oufit. Surrounded by stars as diverse as Ryan Seacrest and Will.i.am, who came out to help raise money for the cancer research foundation and honor award recipient Bob Pittman, Perry was a standout figure, dressed in a beige-pink dress and a sequined headpiece. The star accoutrement, however, was her extra-long pearl necklace, strung in classic Prohibition-era style.
Perry has been a fashion icon for women across the world, and those searching for a similar look would do well to seek out antique and estate jewelry in the style of Perry's pearl necklace. These unique pieces lend a sense of ageless character to any outfit.
From Mean Girls and Mamma Mia to Red Riding Hood, Amanda Seyfried has had a starlet's eye for fashion and an established actress's eye for successful projects. As familiar to fans for her cover appearances on fashion magazines like Vogue, Glamour and Allure as she is for her roles, Seyfried has drawn considerable praise and attention from film critics and fashion gurus alike.
Seyfried arrived at the Beacon Theater in New York City for the 66th annual Tony Awards alongside a bevy of A-list stars from the stage and screen, including Hugh Jackman and Cynthia Nixon. Wearing a colorful violet dress with a dashing red belt, the actress wowed more than one photographer. But what really caught our attention were her earrings – gold rimmed with a tawny stone set in the center, these gorgeous pieces of jewelry stole the show.
Ladies looking for a similar look will find vintage and estate jewelry among the most desirable accessories of the current fashion scene. With a classic appearance that doesn't age, vintage earrings, necklaces and rings are always in style.