Here at The Court Jeweller, we occasionally depart from our coverage of royal jewels to chat about magnificent jewels in general—and very occasionally, we venture into the world of red carpet jewelry. Today’s jewels, a set of Cartier peridot pieces recently worn for a press event, were just too irresistible not to share with all of you!
The Cartier peridots were worn last Monday at the Morgan Library in New York for the premiere of Surface, a new television thriller. The jewels were sported by one of the show’s lead actors, the elegant British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, pictured here in the center of the photograph.
For the premiere of her new project, Mbatha-Raw wore an eye-catching ensemble in a fresh shade of green. The dress, with its fascinating mix of modern elements and eighteenth-century design inspiration, comes from Alexander McQueen. Vogue reports that the gown is made of poly faille, and Mbatha-Raw told the magazine that she was drawn to its unusual silhouette. “The structure of the dress was so striking, and had real architecture to it. There’s something about this dress that’s very feminine, but it also has an edge to it, which is something you always find with McQueen,” she explained.
The stunning color of the gown’s fabric was echoed by the jewelry that Mbatha-Raw’s stylist, Leith Clark, paired with the dress. She wore pieces from Cartier’s high jewelry collection made of platinum set with diamonds and peridots. Peridots have something of an electric olive quality about them, and in these jewels, Cartier has paired them with unusual triangular-cut diamonds to further emphasize the zingy quality of the stones.
Along with the peridot and diamond earrings, Mbatha-Raw also wore a matching peridot and diamond statement bracelet from the same Cartier collection. You can see the bracelet on her left wrist here, but for a better look at the design of the piece, see the Vogue article for a close-up image. The triangular, edgy details continue in the bracelet as well.
I know many dislike the idea of red carpet jewelry, as pieces are carefully borrowed and styled and the performers wearing them are more like models than jewelry collectors or owners, but I love getting to see some of these pieces worn in any situation.
I couldn’t stop looking at the green jewels in these photographs, and I hope you enjoyed this little peridot diversion as well. It’s one of the most underrated gemstones out there, in my opinion, and one of my personal favorites to wear. Any other peridot devotees here today?