The Met Gala has evolved from a New York high society fundraiser in support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute to the year’s most highly anticipated fashion event, thanks to the hundreds of celebrities, athletes and luminaries that grace the iconic arrival stairs wearing one-of-a-kind looks by the world’s top maisons.
As the prestigious happening makes its grand return just in time for the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary with the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, which honors American culture and fashion heritage, we have our eyes on the natural diamond jewellery elevating Met Gala guests’ best looks.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
In true rock star style, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky arrived fashionably late with A$AP wearing Jason of Beverly Hills diamond spiked earrings, diamond pins including Lang Antiques South Sea Pearl and Diamond Jabot Pin, and an ERL spring 2022 by Eli Russell Linnetz outfit.
Rihanna was in a Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia ensemble and more than 267-carats of diamonds from Bulgari High Jewelry. The power couple’s look was worth the wait.
Actress Kiki Layne turned heads in custom KHIRY Fine Jewelry, which was a collaboration that took six months to complete. Layne’s earrings were describe as “a pair of globe drop earrings topped with a sculptural Black Power fist silhouette, paired with the KHIRY Signature Khartoum Silhouette and a trio of rings, pairing the two motifs, all set with impeccable white diamonds,” explained KHIRY designer and founder Jameel Mohammed, who is a participant in the Natural Diamond Council’s Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative.
Actor and Met Gala co-chair Timothée Chalamet, who is always a great example of how to style diamonds for men, was white hot in a head-to-toe Haider Ackerman look and antique Cartier diamond brooches.
Social media star and rising actress Addison Rae opened the Tom Ford Gucci archives for her Met Gala debut, accenting the look with De Beers diamonds including De Beers Long Diamond Earrings set in 18k White Gold (6.59 carats), De Beers Stackable Diamond Bangle set in 18k White Gold (9.21 carats), and De Beers Pear Diamond Ring with Pave Halo & Band, 5.63 carats.
The Statue of Liberty was the inspiration for Amanda Gorman’s vibrant blue Vera Wang ensemble, which she topped with a Chopard laurel as a nod to her status as America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate.
Chart-topping songstress Billie Eilish was inspired by Old Hollywood sirens Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly as well as Holiday Barbie in a dramatic Oscar de la Renta nude ballgown and more than 30 pieces of Cartier jewellery.
Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley
Chance the Rapper and his wife Kirsten Corley turned the Met Gala into date night! Chance wore a diamond Hublot watch, diamond stud earrings, diamond cuff bracelets, and a diamond pinky ring from Roman Malakov. Kirsten wore natural fancy color diamond chandelier earrings and a 15 carat natural fancy yellow diamond pinky ring, all from Roman Malakov.
Actress and activist Yara Shahidi honored iconic American entertainer Josephine Baker in a custom Dior gown and Cartier diamonds.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Actress and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross wore electric blue Balenciaga and diamond jewellery from Tiffany & Co.
Change was the inspiration behind Gabrielle Union-Wade’s Iris van Herpen dress, which took 1,400 hours to make and was accessorized with a diamond necklace from Messika.
Karlie Kloss was a vision in a red, ruffled Carolina Herrera number and De Beers diamond jewellery.
Singer Rita Ora told Vogue she wanted to tap into the glamour and sparkle of America, and wore a dazzling Prada ensemble and De Beers diamond jewellery.
American football is family business for Ciara, who wore a green sequin gown inspired by husband Russell Wilson’s football team the Seattle Seahawks, complete with his uniform number (three) and she also borrowed his diamond Super Bowl ring for the party.
Eiza González channeled Rita Hayworth in a smoldering red Versace gown and Bulgari diamonds, including a beautiful Serpenti bracelet.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid selected jewelry from Jacob & Co. for her Met Gala, including a 115-carat custom diamond necklace set in platinum.
Kate Hudson is the master of casual glamour, which she proved with a pale pink Michael Kors sequin bra top, maxi skirt, and feather coat paired with stunning Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewelry.