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.”
You will be pleased to hear that the Prince of Wales has granted his Royal Patronage to the New York Academy of Art, a nonprofit institution devoted to figurative painting, drawing and sculpture, adding to the growing list of international supporters of the beleaguered TriBeCa area, where the Academy is located in a landmark building. This means the Prince, through his U.S. Foundation based in Washington, will support the Academy in many ways including funding an annual scholarship to a student from a British Commonwealth country and donating many of his own paintings for auction at its fund-raisers over the years. Tonight, during a private reception at the Academy underwritten by Dunhill and Clicquot, the Prince of Wales’s Deputy Private Secretary Mark Bolland will announce the patronage whilst guests sip champagne and Cognac Hine, said to be one of Prince Charles’s favorites, should you be planning to ask him to dinner some enchanted evening.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder, has set the date and place, April 4 at the Waldorf, for its next fund-raiser, and the idea behind this annual gala is to top the incredible $3 million raised at last year’s party. That’s all. This year, the one and only Diana Krall (The New York Times calls her “the best-selling jazz artist in the country” and The Wall Street Journal says her new album, “The Look of Love,” “has flown off the pop charts like a guided missile”) will captivate the crowd and the one and only Sir Elton John will act as impresario. As for Evelyn Lauder, her passion is to continue her efforts to find a cure “in our lifetime” for breast cancer. That is what the millions raised at the Waldorf will go for. In Style Magazine and Mr. and Mrs. George Hall are the major underwriters of the evening. Be there.
His patients who can’t live without him and don’t really want to, his colleagues and his friends will be happy to hear that Dr. Rees Pritchett of New York and the former Clare Lyons Young also of New York were married at a small ceremony in Dr. Pritchett’s New York apartment on Jan. l with Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Martens in attendance. They are now on an extended honeymoon in Florida staying at the Hobe Sound residence of Betty and Virgil Sherrill. All love and best wishes to the new couple.