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17 of the most expensive red carpet jewelry looks of all time - from the Oscars and more

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Jenni McKnight
Jenni McKnightUS Lifestyle Editor
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It's the biggest awards ceremony of the season and on Sunday Hollywood's finest will be rocking up to the Dolby Theatre to celebrate the Oscars!

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While the red carpet is a haven for fabulous designer dresses - it's also where some of the sparkliest and most expensive jewels can be seen, from multi-million dollar necklaces to multi-carat rings. But it's not just the Academy Awards that A-listers pull out their most spectacular pieces of jewelry for, there's also the Golden Globes, Grammys and so many more.

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We’ve rounded up the world’s most expensive bling from the likes of Harry Winston, Lorraine Schwartz, and Tiffany & Co that the stars have dared to wear on the red carpet - but whose jewels are the most expensive of them all? 

Salma Hayek at the 2018 Oscars: Value: $4.2m

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She’s married to one of the richest men in the world so we weren’t surprised to see actress Salma Hayek on this list. At the 2018 Oscars, the star chose to accessorise her sparkling Gucci gown by dangling some impressive diamonds from her dainty earlobes.

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Charlize Theron at the 2013 Oscars: Value: $4.5m

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Charlize Theron added a little sparkle – and a lot of dollars – to her Christian Dior Haute Couture gown at the Oscars in 2013 with these gorgeous diamond cuffs. 

Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 Golden Globes: Value: $5m

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got … As if her outfit wasn’t sparkly enough, Jennifer Lopez added a pair of Harry Winston diamond cluster earrings worth $3m, plus a diamond brooch in her hair, diamond cuff and ring, all worth $2m, to the 2011 Golden Globes. 

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Isla Fisher at the 2019 Golden Globes: Value: $5.5m

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Isla Fisher was dressed to impress at the 2019 Golden Globes. The diminutive actress turned up weighed down by a 73-carat necklace, 8-carat earrings and two rings – one 2 carats and the other 6 carats – all from Harry Winston diamonds. The set had a value of $5.5m. Not too shabby.

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes: Value: $5.8m

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Not content with making a statement in a tangerine ballgown and bright orange-red lipstick, Jessica Alba opted for this glamorous Harry Winston necklace at the 2013 Golden Globes.

Nicole Kidman at the 2008 Oscars: Value: $7m

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Nicole Kidman’s multi-strand diamond necklace was not only one of the most memorable pieces of jewelry ever worn at the Oscars, but it was also one of the most expensive. Made especially for the actress by the late L’Wren Scott in 2008, it featured more than 7,500 diamonds and took 6,200 hours to intricately handcraft.

Sofia Vergara at the 2013 Emmys: Value: $7m

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Sofia Vergara was out to make a statement at the Emmys in 2013. The star opted for these enormous ruby, sapphire and Colombian emerald earrings from Lorraine Schwartz. But that wasn’t enough bling for Sofia; she then added a whopping 40-carat Colombian diamond ring on her right hand and a 21-carat diamond on her left.

Amy Adams at the 2014 Golden Globes: Value: $8m

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Amy Adams’ 2014 Golden Globes jewelry might have been subtle compared to many on this list but it still came with a hefty price tag. The 30-carat diamond pendant, 12-carat diamond ring and 10-carat yellow gold diamond earrings add up to an impressive $8m in total.

Sandra Bullock at the 2014 Oscars: Value: $8.2m

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The diamond leaf-effect earrings that Sandra Bullock wore to the 2014 Oscars were impressive at $1.8m but they were a drop in the ocean compared to her glittering bracelet which came in at a cool $6.4m.

Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Oscars: Value: $10m

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The Tiffany & Co Lucida Star diamond necklace that Anne Hathaway wore to the 2011 Oscars had a weight of 94 carats and managed the impossible: to steal the limelight from the actress’ gorgeous Valentino red gown. 

Beyonce at the 2017 Grammys: Value: $12m

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Known for her love of anything bling, Beyonce was always going to feature highly on this list. The singer’s most expensive piece of jewelry (to date) is the Lorraine Schwartz, 400-carat diamond necklace that she wore with several of the designer’s rings to the 2017 Grammy Awards. 

Charlize Theron at the 2014 Oscars jewels: Value: $15m 

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Charlize Theron likes to pull out the stops when it comes to pricey jewelry and the 2014 Oscars were no exception. The actress glittered on the red carpet, wearing a 21-carat emerald-cut diamond necklace and diamond earrings, all from Hollywood’s go-to jeweller Harry Winston.  

Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Oscars: Value: $18m  

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If Cate Blanchett was nervous about wearing millions and millions of dollars of diamonds on Oscars night in 2014, it certainly didn’t show. The actress was a vision in opal earrings, a diamond bracelet and a ring, all by Chopard.

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Madonna at the 1991 Oscars: Value: $20m 

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Of course, Madonna wore multi-million-dollar jewelry to the Oscars before it became the norm. The singer arrived in 1991, channelling Marilyn Monroe in $20m worth of Harry Winston gems.

Gloria Stuart at the 1998 Oscars: Value: $20m

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Titanic star Gloria Stuart gave a nod to the Heart of the Ocean necklace made famous by the film when she turned up to the 1998 Academy Awards in this 15-carat blue diamond. The custom-made piece was certainly worth diving deep into the ocean for as it was reported to be worth $20m.

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Oscars: Value: $30m

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Audrey Hepburn wore this gigantic 128-carat yellow diamond necklace when she promoted Breakfast at Tiffany’s but Lady Gaga gave this iconic Tiffany diamond a new lease of life when she turned up wearing it at the 2019 Oscars. 

Carrie Underwood at the 2013 Grammys: Value: $31m

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But the most expensive jewel ever worn on the red carpet wasn’t worn to the Oscars – or even by an actress. Singer Carrie Underwood showed off this stunning 381-carat diamond necklace by Jonathan Arndt at the 2013 Grammys. Featuring oval, pear, marquis and round cut white diamonds, this necklace really is something special – and so is its price tag. 

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