This year’s Met Gala, a black-tie extravaganza held on the first Monday in May, is known as the “Oscars of Fashion”. It is the pink carpet to watch where this year’s theme―Camp: Notes on Fashion, inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay―came to life with over-the-top excess, opulence, and pomp. Sontag wrote that the hallmark of Camp is the ‘spirit of extravagance’ inspired by theatre, excess, irony and parody in fashion. We expected fun, flamboyant jewelry statements and we were not disappointed.
The diamond and gemstone jewels worn were ornate, statement-making pieces yet were still elegant and glamorous adding to the overall effect of fun and flashy frivolity.
In the sage words of Liberace, the self-proclaimed King of Camp: “Don’t wear one ring, wear five or six. People ask how I can play with all those rings, and I say, very well, thank you!”
Click through the blog for some of the best jewelry looks of the evening.
Lupita Nyong’o: Actress Lupita Nyong’o wore a rainbow hue of jewels including a vintage Bulgari emerald and amethyst necklace and multi-colored gemstone earrings.
Lady Gaga: The Met gala co-host stunned in Tiffany & Co.’s Butterfly necklace from their Blue Book Collection which featured 28 carats of ethically sourced princess-cut diamonds in 18K yellow gold.
Jennifer Lopez – Only the rarest one of a kind 65.32-carat cushion-cut purple sapphire will do for JLO!. Jennifer donned the mind-blowing “Purple Dragon” platinum diamond and purple sapphire necklace from Harry Winston. She topped off her look with Harry Winston “Secret Cluster” diamond bracelets – 180 carats worth and vintage 1972 diamond chandelier earrings.
Camila Morrone –The Argentine model and actress piled on the bling literally. Word has it that she wore around 30 diamond Deco bracelets from Beladora Jewelry.
Lily Collins– The actress debut the stunning rock crystal, emerald, black onyx, and diamond necklace and earring set from the famed jewelry house’s newest Magnitude High Jewelry collection.
Emma Roberts – Looking pretty in pink the actress graced her ears with one of a kind graduated carved gemstone floral drop earrings from Irene Neuwirth.
Zoe Kravitz – The Big Little Lies actress doubled up on the earrings with her Harry Kotlar diamond studs alongside custom Anabela Chan pearl and diamond earrings. She topped off her Met look with a series of diamond bracelets from Yvan Tufenkjian, Amwaj and Marli New York as well a diamond ring from Le Vian.
Lili Reinhart – The Riverdale actress was a Victorian dream decked out with Fred Leighton jewels. A 19th-century amethyst cross pendant necklace was mixed with a Georgian rose-cut diamond cluster one circa 1830. Collet set diamond earrings also from Leighton graced her ears.
Bella Hadid: The model drenched in faux Moschino jewels decorated her lobes with over 90 carats of Colombian emerald and diamond earrings and a 40-carat ring from Lorraine Schwartz.
Cardi B- Camp is all about quirk and the rapper brought that to the forefront with her 44 carats -worth of ruby nipple covers that were worth $250,000 and were a custom creation of jewelry designer Corina Mihaila Larpin of Stefere Jewelry.
Nick Jonas: Nick pulled out all the stops with his jewels which included several diamond pieces from Chopard. The standout piece- his necklace which featured 40.12-carats of pear-shaped diamonds, 18.14-carats of diamonds, 1.17-carats of heart-shaped diamonds, and .59-carats of marquise-cut diamonds set in 18k white gold from the “Precious Lace Collection.” He also rocked a diamond star ring from Djula jewelry and several diamond ear cuffs from Borgioni and Marli New York and a very flashy diamond Chopard watch.
Jeremy Scott – The King of Camp and head designer of Moschino Jeremy Scott requested a custom jewelry piece – a Ben Baller grill to mark this year’s Met. Jeremy’s 12 carats in solitaires and diamonds surrounded by pave borders grill had the engraved words ‘King of Camp’ on the back.
RuPaul – The Drag Queen extraordinaire donned David Webb jewels which included their “Red Light” necklace comprised of rectangular and pear-shaped rubellites, brilliant-cut diamonds, black enamel and hammered 18K gold and platinum. RuPaul topped off the look with a cabochon turquoise and diamond “Talon” ring and “Geodesic Dome” ring with diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum.
Billy Porter – The Broadway star made a golden Met entrance wearing an Egyptian inspired ensemble from the Blonds NY including a 24-karat gold chain headpiece and rings by Mordekai, Andreoli Fine Jewelry, John Hardy and Oscar Heyman.
Benedict Cumberbatch – The actor wore a charming 18K yellow gold, peridot, diamond and platinum nosegay brooch from Verdura circa 1965.
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