14 Reasons Why Lily James Is An Absolute Gem

It might have something to do with her collection of gorgeous natural diamonds.

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As the Global Ambassador for the Natural Diamond Council, it’s no surprise that Emmy-nominated actress Lily James has a plethora of amazing natural diamond moments. Known for her roles in Cinderella, Downton Abbey, and her portrayal as Pamela Anderson in the 2022 Hulu series Pam & Tommy, James is now starring opposite Zac Efron in the forthcoming film The Iron Clawwhich landed in theaters on December 22, 2023. James’ star is ever-rising, and with that, her diamond-studded red carpet moments.

One red carpet moment in particular has stood out for the actress: the 2023 Met Gala. “It’s pretty epic that night” she exclusively revealed to Only Natural Diamonds. “It’s overwhelming because there’s so many people… but I felt extremely confident because I had this pear-shaped De Beers diamond.”

But it’s not just the red carpet jewels that have given James an appreciation for the rare, timeless stones. “I held [the natural diamond] and you feel the history and the power,” she said of her time visiting a cutting and polishing facility in Botswana. “It’s like Mother Earth.” James spent a week in Botswana where she toured diamond mines and other facilities, while also visiting local school and wildlife game parks funded by the industry. It was an eye-opening and educational journey for the actress, one that she will remember for years to come.

Ahead, take a look at Lily James’ best natural diamond moments, from movie premieres to the Met Gala.

2023 British Fashion Awards

For the 2023 British Fashion Awards, James wore dangling natural diamond earrings from Bucheron to glam up her navy Miu Miu gown, styled by Rebecca Corbin Murray.

2023 Met Gala

“The diamond really set off my whole look and made me feel elegant,” James told OND of the natural diamond necklace she wore to the 2023 Met Gala. Featuring with a pear shape center stone from De Beers’ latest collection, The Alchemist of Light, James layered the stunning piece with a classic diamond tennis necklace and diamond square studs also from De Beers.

Versace Fall/Winter 2023 Runway Show

James sat front row at Versace’s Fall/Winter 2023 runway presentation wearing a black Versace dress and a stunning earscape featuring natural diamond studs and cuffs from Messika.

2023 Oscars After Party

A classic Cartier fringe natural diamond necklace graced James’s neck at Vanity Fair’s legendary Oscars after-party, and perfectly complimented her petal pink Versace feathers.

2023 BAFTAs

Classic Bulgari diamond studs were the perfect pairing to James’s blinged-out white couture Tamara Ralph gown for Britain’s biggest award show, the 2023 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards.

2023 Golden Globes

The Pam & Tommy star channeled Old Hollywood in a fire-engine red strapless Versace gown and Harry Winston natural diamonds for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards.

2022 British Fashion Awards

The actress dazzled in diamonds from Boucheron at the 2022 British Fashion Awards. She teamed her sparkling chandelier earrings and a dazzling cocktail ring with an ethereal Rodarte gown featuring silver sequins and tulle.

2022 Emmy Awards

James was a bronzed goddess in an a chainmail Atelier Versace gown and diamond jewelry from the De Beers’ Talisman collection at the 2022 Emmy Awards. The jewelry look included diamond hoop earrings, stacked bangles and rings and featured polished and unpolished diamonds.

2022 Met Gala

Glittering natural diamond chandelier earrings from Tatiana Verstraeten Jewelry added the perfect amount of shine to James’ metallic mermaid look at the 2022 Met Gala.

2022 Oscars

James wore Piaget’s Diamond Heliconia Necklace in white gold with 130 pear shape diamonds, 16 brilliant-cut, and a fancy vivid yellow diamond from the Wings of Light collection with her blush pink Versace gown to the 2022 Academy Awards.

2022 Oscars After Party

The actress switched up her look for the show’s after party, wearing a graduated diamond tennis necklace, diamond drop earrings and a tennis bracelet from Briony Raymond New York with her black strapless gown from Fendi.

2018 Bulgari Event

As an ambassador for the brand at the time, James attended a Bulgari press conference in China wearing an impressive natural diamond necklace from the Fiorever collection.

2015 Cinderella World Premiere

For her breakout movie role in 2015’s Disney live-action fairytale Cinderella, James accessorized with natural diamond earrings from Kwiat.