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The red carpet has always been an elegant mainline to the leading jewellery trends. With this in mind we’ve decided to take a look at what’s been hot in style over these past years. We’ve taken the liberty of looking at a variety of award shows and gallery openings, searching for those unique accessories that are just impossible to ignore.

Jessica Chastain reveals her natural beauty with subtle make-up, slightly coloured cheeks and lips. She glided down the red carpet at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for the Palais des Festivals on the luxurious French Riviera, dressed in shining white for the premiere of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. No one denied that she cut a graceful figure, wearing an elegant Alexander McQueen scoop ball gown with hidden pockets. Her flowing red tresses were wrapped-up into a careful chignon, uncovering a pair of Louis Vuitton earrings. According to our sources Chastain has a propensity to only wear diamonds from Vuitton’s high-end collection. These white-gold, 19 carat Louis Vuitton diamond drop earrings, matched with a chic diamond cuff bracelet, were taken from the romantic and delicately feminine Les Ardentes Collection.

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There’s a whirlwind sweeping through the fashion world at the moment, ripping up rooted conventions and tearing them to splinters. Her name is Cara Delevinge, the bushy-browed, gamine beauty currently taking the movie industry by storm. Check her out at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in this smouldering Burberry silk and lace plunging gown, adorned with Chopard jewels. We couldn’t resist the allure of this nigh-gothic outfit and the smoking red lips and mascara-ringed eyes seem almost hypnotic.

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The supremely elegant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is a fan of incandescent citrine jewellery that catches the eye. These 18-carat Classic Citrine Pear Drop Earrings (pictured above) made by designer and pioneer, Kiki McDonough, were a gift from her husband Prince William. The Duchesses jewellery is invariably luxurious, featuring occasional bursts of faint colour and ranging from classic pearls to subtle diamond studs. Her refined collection also includes a variety of Tiffany earrings that she’s worn-out several times pre-engagement. Judging by her choices subtlety is always paramount. Take these Elsa Peretti Mesh Earrings, for example. They feature a sterling silver setting used to accentuate round-cut brilliant diamonds. One of her other favourite pairings was wrought by an experienced Zimbabwean jeweller, Patrick Mavros, who lends his designs an art nouveau twist, reminiscent of South African tribal motifs, like the Ndoro and various whirling sea-shell totems.

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The Cuban-American model and actress Eva Mendes is prone to making dramatic statements. Take this floral array of bold turquoise gemstones set into the Van Cleef Arpels ‘Panka’ necklace she wore to the Golden Globes in 2009. The design can be traced back to 1974 when this necklace first appeared as part of the exotic Indian-style jewellery trend. Mendes proves it looks especially chic with a simple white strapless and fresh tan.

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Queen Letizia of Spain looked especially beautiful giving her own little nod to St Patrick’s Day wearing a graceful all-green ensemble, matched with multi-faceted Green Onyx Siren Wire Earrings that feature an irregular shape. They were made by the Award-winning, Spanish-born luxury jewellery designer Monica Vinader. The centred Green Onyx gemstone is encased in 18 carat gold-plated vermeil on sterling silver. She wore these to an exhibition at the remodelled Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. These pieces were elegantly matched with a fitted Felipe Varela bouclé-tweed dress, Magrit bespoke suede platform pumps and a Felipe Varela pewter leather clutch.

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