How different when stars were stars and once-upon-a-time dazzlers like Merle Oberon, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner and especially Paulette Goddard never saw a jewel they didn't like and had collections to prove it. Darling Paulette used to walk the men in her life past the windows of Winston, Van Cleef, Tiffany and Cartier pointing out what turned her on and the benefits to be derived from turning her on. Her track record was very good.
Now the beautiful jewelry worn by stars on big nights -- the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, etc. -- is always borrowed from famous jewelers. Not that there's anything wrong with that ever, but wouldn't you just faint if one of those big stunning glamorous numeros walking the red carpet ever said, "Oh, this is just my own stuff?"
That having been said perhaps you noticed that at the Golden Globes Lisa Kudrow was wearing diamond earrings and a diamond bangle from Bulgari? Or Halle Berry in chocolate diamonds by Harry Winston? Or Cameron Diaz -- is she growing or are all the men shrinking? -- in 19th-century diamond pendant earrings and diamond rings by Fred Leighton? Or Kate Winslet in diamond studs from Martin Katz? Or that the best jewelry of the evening was worn by producers 'wives?. (Oh, and what was that on Billy Bob Thornton's head?)
Fred Leighton's jewels were worn by the models at Oscar de la Renta's Balmain haute couture show in Paris, pearl necklaces, moonstones and antique Indian necklaces and bracelets. Some of the jewels were even beautifully wrapped around the waist, but the show-stopper was the magnificent Tudor Rose, a 19th-century diamond rose brooch worn with de la Renta's bridal gown in the show's finale. The dazzling piece used to belong to the Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, who, if anyone had the temerity to ask, might have simply peered out from under her pounds of white hair and replied, "Oh, this is just my own stuff."