A little sparkle can make a big difference

A stylish dress is a must for the red carpet or a big party, but flashing some sparkling jewelry is...
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Story by Jenn Harris
(Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Tue, Feb 1, 2011
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LOS ANGELES — The buzz around red carpet interviews at awards shows is almost always drowned out by the same question: "Who are you wearing?" The 68th Golden Globe Awards was no different.

I enjoy watching the arrivals more than the actual award shows, but every year, after some starlet yells, "Marchesa" or "Armani," I'm always left with the same burning question: "What about the jewelry?"

Sure the runway's leading ladies were dressed in designer bigwigs such as Lanvin, Versace, Calvin Klein and Vera Wang, but an Oscar-worthy gown is always short of amazing without the right accessories. Would Catherine Zeta-Jones really sparkle in her Golden Globes Monique Lhuillier emerald green gown without her earrings? (To be honest, that woman would sparkle in a burlap sack, but the earrings did help.) Her diamond chandelier earrings drew eyes to her face and were the perfect accent to her strapless dress.

Natalie Portman looked stunning in her Viktor & Rolf gown, but she gave her maternity glow a boost with her Tiffany layered diamond necklace. The piece definitely made a statement but still gives the look of a soft, dainty piece of jewelry.

A pair of diamond earrings and necklace are a given when accessorizing an evening gown, but when you're waving to adoring fans why not give your wrists a little extra sparkle? "The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick rocked a bright orange Emilio Pucci dress at the Globes and adorned her right wrist with a number of chunky, shiny gold bangles.

It might be easier to clasp a dozen gold bangles on your wrist or fix a diamond necklace around your neck with a movie star bank account, but there's no reason why you can't go glam on a budget.

A layered necklace is the perfect way to make a statement with your jewelry but keep things looking refined. If you have a flare for the dramatic try a Lydell NYC Tiered Chain Beaded Necklace from Bloomingdales for $48, or the mixed metal Peggy Necklace from Chico's for $58. For something a little softer, the Falling stars necklace from Banana Republic is $47.99.

The chandelier earring went on hiatus for a while but it's safe to say it's back — at least on the red carpet. If you're looking for the perfect pair to wear to a charity gala check out these frugal finds: Chandelier drop earrings from Arden B for $24, Durol earrings in White Nubuk from Aldo for $13.98, Apt. 9 Jet-Tone Simulated Crystal Beaded Chandelier earrings on sale for $10 at Kohl's or the Nadri Crystal Teardrop Chandelier earrings from Nordstrom for $88.

When it comes to bangles, go for the gold and the more the merrier. Budget shoppers can look for bangles sold as a set, giving you a layered look without having to buy 10 bracelets. Mix in some chunkier pieces with stone, pearl or glass accents for fun. Nordstrom has a great set of bangles by Cara for $58. Layer the bangles with a set of four Kaya bangles from Chico's for $38 or the Astronomer's bracelet from Banana Republic for $39.50.

Happy shopping.

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