Celebrities and diamonds always seem to go hand-in-hand, at least if you have a particular eye for the precious stones. Sometimes the connection exists on the design, business, or sustainability end, as when Penelope Cruz designed lab-grown diamond jewelry for Swarovski lately. It’s somewhat fitting that the same people who tend to get the most attention for wearing fabulous diamonds are often the ones trying to do more to make the trade more responsible.
On a less serious note, however, sometimes we notice the connection between celebrities and diamonds because it’s just that spectacular. Whether sporting their own jewelry or wearing pieces as exhibitions for public events (which incidentally is a concept at the core of the summer heist film – ‘Ocean’s 8′), celebrity figures make the most beautiful stones in the world look even more glamorous.
These are 10 in particular who dazzle us (in no particular order).
1. Nicole Kidman
This list, again, is in no order, but at the same time it would feel strange to start it with anyone but Nicole Kidman. The legendary actress is one of the most famous red carpet fashionistas in the business, and is known for accessorizing with gorgeous diamond pieces on top of bold dresses. In particular she’s known to be a fan of Harry Winston diamonds, and she makes them pop like few others can.
2. Cara Delevingne
As a model first and actress second, Cara Delevingne has quite literally made it her job to showcase diamonds on multiple occasions. And something about these precious pieces accompanying her typical short-haired yet feminine look just seems to work. Case in point, Delevingne even felt comfortable enough to wear what was described as diamond breastplate armor to her own movie premiere (for ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousands Planets’).
3. Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel is just another of the red carpet greats, perhaps not quite on Kidman’s level in terms of general recognition but certainly an actress who impresses every time she appears at a public event. Over the years that’s meant one great diamond piece after another, including some diamond-encrusted dresses. And this is all to say nothing of having one of the more famous engagement rings in Hollywood (courtesy of Justin Timberlake, of course).
4. Serena Williams
Nothing stops Serena Williams from being and looking her best. On the professional front, this has most recently been exemplified by her continued competition after nearly losing her life following childbirth complications. Williams was still in the front three in betting for Wimbledon this summer and nearly won the thing, less than a year after the medical issues! In the meantime however, she has had a little more time off the court, and she’s used it to dazzle. Most notably, her $1 million diamond outrage watch from Audemars Piguet at the Met Gala in 2017 was a memorable statement.
5. Charlize Theron
Charlize is someone who belongs in the Nicole Kidman category in that she always makes waves on the red carpet, and diamonds are often part of the equation. For her part, Chopard necklaces and earrings appear to be favorites, as has been noted and dissected after various red carpet appearances and public events. You have to imagine that if you ran a jewelry shop or diamond outlet you’d want Theron showcasing your pieces.
6. Cameron Diaz
Like Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz is something of an old pro of the red carpet, having showcased so many brilliant looks over the years it’s almost become routine. She’s shown up in Camelia, Cartier, and likely many others over the years, though she tends to do it in a somewhat more understated way than many others.
Zendaya is just 21 years old and the youngest celebrity on this list. But the Disney Channel star-turned-serious actress is building quite a career for herself, having even made it into Marvel’s new ‘Spider-Man‘ series. Along the way she’s established herself as a budding empress of the red carpet, having earned quite a bit of positive feedback for numerous looks already. Her Bulgari diamonds at the most recent Oscars make her a worth addition to this list and one to watch for future looks.
8. Emily Ratajkowski
Another model/ actress, Emily Ratajkowski is paid to make things look good, and does it with any piece of jewelry that touches her skin. However, she’s particularly noteworthy because of her engagement ring, which is incredibly unique and one of the most memorable single pieces of celebrity jewelry you’ll ever see.
9. Anne Hathaway
We mentioned ‘Ocean’s 8′ above. Hathaway stars in the film, playing the part of a major celebrity who is persuaded to pursue a legendary diamond necklace and wear it for the Met Gala. This really sits at the foundation of the film, given that the heist is all about stealing said necklace. But it was also interesting casting given that Hathaway herself has had numerous excellent looks revolving around fine jewelry over the years. Her roles in ‘Ocean’s 8′ and even ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ appear to speak to her genuine interest in fine fashion.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best soccer players in history, makes this list simply as a reminder that men, too, can show off diamond jewelry. Plenty of famous men do, from Justin Bieber to Jamie Foxx, but Ronaldo actually wears diamond stud earrings relatively regularly. For that matter, he also showcased a pair of diamond-encrusted soccer boots at one point!