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May 21, 2010 / Monsieur D

Elizabeth Banks shines in platinum jewellery

ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Elizabeth Banks arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actress Elizabeth Banks arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for amfAR)

Elizabeth Banks has become the latest Hollywood star to light up France with platinum jewellery.

The actress walked the red carpet at amfAR’s ‘Cinema Against AIDS’ Gala yesterday (May 20th) and was adorned with the precious metal.
Among her choices was a pair of large hoop earrings set in platinum and three platinum and diamond bracelets, all by Cartier.
The gala was the latest event at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival to attract some familiar names from the world of entertainment.

Among the other stars present were Rachel Bilson, Tom Ford and Mary J. Blige, while the night was hosted by British actor Alan Cumming.
Banks was one of the chairs for the event, which featured a cocktail reception, dinner and a live auction.

Over the past few years, she has gained a huge following for her brilliant comedic turns in movies such as ‘Zack and Miri’ and ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, while she has also received critical acclaim for performance in ‘W.’ and ‘Seabiscuit’.

May 13, 2010 / Monsieur D

Cate Blanchett dazzles premiere with platinum jewellery

Photo by: KGC42/ 2010 5/12/10 Cate Blanchett at the premiere of Robin Hood at the Cannes Film Festival. (France) Photo via Newscom

Photo by: KGC42/ 2010 5/12/10 Cate Blanchett at the premiere of Robin Hood at the Cannes Film Festival. (France) Photo via Newscom

Cate Blanchett wowed observers at the Cannes Film Festival when she wore platinum jewellery to her film premiere.

The Australian actress opted for two platinum and diamond bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels as she stepped onto the red carpet for the first showing of ‘Robin Hood’ in the French city.

In the film, Blanchett appears as Lady Marion, alongside Russell Crowe, who plays the titular hero.

Other stars of the movie, which follows in the footsteps of countless versions of the legend of Robin Hood, include Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong and William Hurt and it is directed by Ridley Scott.

Blanchett has previously made her name by featuring in a wide range of films, including ‘The Gift’, ‘Veronica Guerin’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

However, she has probably attracted the most plaudits for her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth in ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’, receiving Oscar nominations on both occasions.

May 13, 2010 / Monsieur D

Platinum and diamond cluster earrings the best choice

Platinum and diamond cluster earrings could be the next great jewellery trend if the choices of Hollywood’s leading ladies are anything to go by.

Experts have noted that these platinum cluster earrings seem to be gaining in popularity, unsurprising since the precious metal can enhance the brilliance of diamonds.

Among the celebrities to have worn cluster earrings recently has been Jennifer Garner, considered to be one of the biggest stars in the movies at the moment, and one half of a Hollywood power couple with Ben Affleck.

Demi Moore wore platinum and diamond cluster earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels at the recent premiere of her film ‘The Joneses’ in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick opted for platinum and diamond stud earrings by Neil Lane at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in February, completing her look with a platinum and diamond cocktail ring to match it.

Another trend recently spotted in Hollywood has been to wear platinum-colored dresses and gowns with platinum jewellery.

May 10, 2010 / Monsieur D

Eva Longoria Parker demonstrates platinum inspiration

Eva Longoria Parker was one of the many big names providing inspired by platinum jewellery when she walked the red carpet at the recent Costume Institute Gala.
The actress, star of ‘Desperate Housewives’, wore a pair of platinum and diamond drop earrings and a platinum and diamond tennis bracelet by Harry Winston at the well-attended event.
The gala is held every year to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and it was held at the institution on Monday (May 3rd).

The tennis bracelet worn by Longoria Parker is one of Harry Winston’s most impressive items, featuring 50 round brilliant diamonds, with approximately 4.90 total carats, in a platinum setting.
Longoria Parker is also one half of a celebrity couple that spans the entertainment worlds as her husband is Tony Parker, a basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs.
As well as ‘Desperate Housewives’, she has starred in movies such as ‘The Sentinal’ and ‘Harsh Times’.
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May 4, 2010 / Monsieur D

Julie Benz in platinum at Hot Pink Party

Julie Benz dazzled in platinum jewellery at the 2010 Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party earlier this week.

Julie Benz, arguably best-known for her role as Rita Morgan on Dexter, added a dash of pink to her outfit by wearing a pair of Stephen Russell-designed kunzite earrings set in platinum, reports.
She teamed the earrings with vintage bracelets and a diamond ring to ensure she sparkled on the red carpet.

Also attending the event, which was held on April 27th in New York, were Elizabeth Hurley, Evelyn Lauder and Bette Midler.

Hurley acted as MC, while her close friend Sir Elton John – godfather to her son Damian – performed at the party.

The English actress and businesswoman was also keen to incorporate pink into her outfit, tweeting earlier in the afternoon that she was “in New York trying on a zillion pink dresses for the big Breast Cancer fundraiser I’m hosting tonight”.

April 22, 2010 / Monsieur D

New platinum watch by A. Lange & Söhne.

Anyone looking to get their hands on an exclusive platinum watch may be interested to hear about a new timepiece from A. Lange & Sohne.

The German company has created a new model, the Richard Lange Referenzuhr, which uses the precious metal to make it stand out from the crowd.

Featuring a large balance wheel as well as winding trains and lever mechanisms that are visible through the sapphire crystal rear, the watches have a 40.5 millimeter case, giving it real presence.
Meanwhile, the watch is finished off with a platinum buckle and a black, hand-stitched crocodile strap.

Only 50 of these watches have been made, ensuring their collectable qualities and exclusivity and setting them above pink gold versions of the same model, of which 75 have been made.

As recent auctions have shown, platinum watches often gain value over time, while the precious metal remains a popular choice for horologists when it comes to creating limited edition timepieces.