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
Lily James attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Getty Images)
“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
Lily James at the Versace Fall/Winter 2023 Fashion Show on March 09, 2023 in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James attends the 74th Primetime Emmys Awards on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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.
Lily James attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James attends Bvlgari’s Fiorever jewelry collection press conference on December 11, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Getty Images)
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
Lily James arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
For her breakout movie role in 2015’s Disney live-action fairytale Cinderella, James accessorized with natural diamond earrings from Kwiat.