Golden diamonds and tiaras – WWD

In gold we trust. At the 2022 Met Gala, attendees were tasked with dressing for a Gilded Age theme, with renditions ranging from head-to-toe gold sequins (i.e. Cardi B in the custom Atelier Versace ) to painterly and animated historical revival looks (like Billie Eilish in custom Gucci).

The jewels, however, are central to the story of the Golden Age – a late 19th century era when new industrial wealth and old pre-existing money and monarchy coexisted to create a perfect storm of opulence. . It was in this climate – which, like today, also saw record economic disparity – that famous jewelry houses like Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari established themselves. It was also during this time that Tiffany & Co. took off as a New York-based fine jewelry store.

At Monday night’s Met Gala, attendees accentuated their looks with jewelry that echoed the excess enjoyed by the elite ruling class of the Gilded Age. No wonder Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at the last Met Gala wore a dress that read “Tax the Rich,” wasn’t in attendance.

Kendall Jenner wore a 25-carat pear-shaped diamond on one ear – the one provided by Lorraine Schwartz. Blake Lively, like other attendees, wore a tiara – also by Schwartz – reminiscent of debutante balls of a bygone era. Hers was tailor-made for the evening in an ode to the Statue of Liberty.

Kate Moss, with a lived fashion experience worthy of a history book, went to the source. The model visited famed New York antique jewelry dealer A La Vieille Russie and pulled out an array of archival gemstones – many from the original Golden Age.

Click to see WWD’s picks for the 12 best jewelry looks from the Met Gala 2022.

Sarah C. Figueiredo