Met Gala 2021: The best jewellery and watches seen on the red carpet
Iced out 'fits
The Met Gala came and went, and for this year, its star-studded beige carpet parade gave us a slew of different celebrity interpretations in the name of American fashion. From Western themes to American sports-inspired looks and a renewal of old Hollywood glamour, fashion was brought out in full force by buzziest stars, courtesy of the biggest luxury houses and emerging American names, to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute's first exhibit of the year, 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion'.
Amongst all the bespoke gowns and jaw-dropping statements, a whole lot of bling was also seen throughout the evening, worn in the form of various styles to add an extra dose of glamour and further the references of their look. While stars like Kaia Gerber and Zoe Kravitz displayed a sense of pared-back elegance, opting for single pieces to complement their outfits, others draped themselves in diamonds to prove that more is really more––as exemplified by Rihanna who adorned herself in over 267 carats of diamonds.
On the men's side, Timothée Chalamet and Kid Cudi made the case for men's jewellery in a demonstration of their unique styles (the former paired two 1928 Cartier brooches to his suit while the latter sported a one-of-a-kind commissioned Kaws x Ben Baller necklace), while others flexed their wrists in some of the most heavy-hitting timepieces out there.
Scroll on for our top picks of all the watches and jewellery seen at the 2021 Met Gala:
Rihanna in Bvlgari, Maria Tash and Thelma West
The Grammy-award winning musician paired archival diamonds from Bvlgari in the form of two necklaces, two bracelets and a single high jewellery earring. She also had on a black enamel ring from Nigerian jewelelry designer Thelma West and custom ear pieces from cult jeweller Maria Tash.
Billie Eilish in Cartier
The Met Gala co-chair channeled '50s Hollywood glamour with the help of Cartier, who supplied her with 30 diamonds and 18-karat white gold pieces. This consisted of high jewellery platinum diamond earrings, three Reflection de Cartier white gold bracelets, the Cartier Essential Lines bracelet, and 25 diamond rings and wedding bands––making her the celebrity who has worn the Cartier pieces in any red carpet setting.
Justin Bieber in Rolex
To complement his dressy-casual outfit, Bieber went for a gold-on-gold-on-gold look with a Rolex Daytona timepiece to match his mini hoops.
Kaia Gerber in Omega
Exuding pure elegance, Kaia Gerber fitted her Oscar de la Renta gown with a De Ville Prestige timepiece in stainless steel from Omega, alongside a diamond ring and small hoops.
Imaan Hammam in Tiffany & Co.
The model sparkled in two platinum Tiffany Diamond bracelets and diamond earrings to go with her star-spangled gown.
Timothée Chalamet in Cartier
New friend of Cartier, Timothée Chalamet left his mark on the red carpet once again with a vintage Cartier New York Clinquet pin and star brooch attached to his trousers, alongside a Cartier Maillon Panthère ring and a Cartier Love ring in 18-karat white gold.
Eiza González in Bvlgari
The actress wore a mixture of iconic Serpenti high jewellery pieces, including a Serpenti bracelet in yellow and white gold with diamonds and rubies; earrings featuring sapphire, rubies and diamonds; and a diamond and ruby ring.
Gemma Chan in Harry Winston
The actress wore a selection of pieces from Harry Winston, including the iconic Winston Cluster Wreath Diamond necklace, earrings with diamonds, and two diamond rings to match her crystal-encrusted manicure.
Kid Cudi in Ben Baller
The Man on the Moon artist came decked in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, with a one-of-one commissioned necklace sporting a miniature version of Kaws' iconic Holiday Space figure in a full astronaut suit by Kaws x Ben Baller. The bling is rumoured to be worth around one million US dollars, and went perfectly with his Bape x G-Shock DW-6900 watch, which has been decked out in custom gem-setting by the Los Angeles jeweller.
Pharrell Williams in Richard Mille
Pharrell Williams, who's collaborated with brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton on jewellery lines, wore a Richard Mille RM 17-01 tourbillon in red gold with baguette-cut diamonds, on top of two rings and Chanel westernwear.
Alicia Keys in Van Cleef & Arpels
Matching her diamond-embedded hairdo, the singer-songwriter sparkled in all-diamond pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, wearing a Rayons Blancs necklace, À Cheval earrings and bracelet, and Perlée cuff bracelet.
Law Roach and Kehlani in Hublot
Celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach, and singer Kehlani, flashed spectacular timepieces from Hublot's new rainbow line— wearing the Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold piece and Big Bang One Click Rainbow watch respectively.
Lupita Nyong'o in De Beers
The actress styled her denim Versace gown with a selection of bold De Beers pieces, including three platinum and diamond necklaces layered together; tear drop earrings; bracelets; and multiple diamond rings, one of which is 10.31 carats.
Zoe Kravitz in Jessica McCormack
Mayfair jeweller Jessica McCormack's cool, modern-classic designs made the perfect finishing touch to Zoe Kravitz's bejewelled Saint Laurent dress. She wore a giant Tilted Pear Diamond Button Back ring and vintage-inspired diamond drop earrings.
Simu Liu in Jacob & Co.
Stock-photo-model-turned-Marvel-actor Simu Liu flexed a Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Baguette, a gem-packed timepiece that features two rotating platforms that feature mini gemstones as planets.
Iman in Fred Leighton
Supermodel Iman turned to Fred Leighton for several vintage statement pieces, wearing a 1930 diamond and yellow gold twist cuff bracelet; a 1935 citrine, amethyst, and diamond Reflections cuff bracelet; custom citrine and diamond pendant earrings; and an oval peridot and diamond cocktail ring.
Frank Ocean in Homer
Frank Ocean rolled up in a dazzling piece from his own jewellery brand, Homer. The Sphere Legs High Jewellery Necklace is set and made entirely of man-made diamonds.
Precious Lee in Jacob & Co.
As if her glittering Area ensemble wasn't blinding enough, Precious Lee wore over 130 carats of diamonds from Jacobs & Co. via her choker, earrings and rings.
Barbie Ferreira in Mudd Pearl
The Euphoria actress completed her roaring '20s look with a subtle headpiece created by jewellery brand Mudd Pearl, which features a droplet of three pearls on her part, and a strand of pearl crosses set in sterling silver draped from the back of her head.
Amanda Gorman in Chopard and Jennifer Behr
The poet and Met Gala co-chair took her Statue of Liberty inspiration further with a Swarovski-set laurel crown headpiece from Jennifer Behr. She also put on a couple of Chopard Haute Joaillerie accessories: a pair of white gold earrings featuring cushion-shaped sapphires, a white gold ring featuring a 1.77-carat cushion shaped sapphire, 2.81 carats of diamond nizam beads, and 1.14 carats of diamonds.
Hunter Schaefer in Evangeline AdaLioryn
Hunter Schaefer turned heads for her spider-like facial ornament crafted by jeweler Evangeline AdaLioryn, which matched her crystal-embellished Prada two-piece.
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