By Michelle Graff
Each month, I compile National Jeweler's "Star Sightings" page, a selection of images highlighting the jewelry celebrities are wearing on the red carpets and out and about. It's a fun, easy-to-digest page, but it also has a serious impetus: providing readers with information about the most au courant trends.

As a consumer, I definitely do my share of tearing out pages from magazines and taking style tips from editorials and the celebrities chronicled in the publications I pick up. Recently, I spent some time in Los Angeles scoping out the behind-the-scenes of how jewelry makes it onto the red carpet and into those very magazines.

If you haven't already had a chance, check out "Access Jewelry" on for the inside scoop. Below you'll find the accompanying photos.

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Above left: Stylists and celebrities visiting D’Orazio & Associates select jewelry from the likes of Amrapali, Le Vian and Sutra, among others, in a private showroom high above Beverly Hills, Calif.

Above center and right: Airy, openwork cuff bracelets, like these from Siera, are much
requested at the D’Orazio showroom.

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Among the biggest trends seen on the red carpets and easily imitable for every day are stacked bracelets and hoop earrings. Angelina Jolie wore 22-karat yellow gold hoops to the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, as did Halle Berry at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Berry also stacked her 22-karat yellow gold bangles high and topped off the look with a 22-karat gold ring. All jewelry is from Amrapali. Photos: Courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

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The hefty Zorab cocktail ring featuring kunzite and diamonds that singer Katy Perry wore to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards was sold soon after its red-carpet debut. The kunzite weighs in at 80 carats. Photo: Courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates


Among jewelry designer Neil Lane’s favorite memories from his years of dressing Hollywood’s leading ladies was the time he outfitted actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in layers and layers of diamond chains and a diamond pendant necklace.

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Mad Men actress January Jones, who topped many a best-dressed list the day after the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, wore this Neil Lane “Diamond Leaf” bracelet and diamond drop earrings to the awards show.

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At the launch of Tacori’s new “18K925” collection, Heroes actress Ali Larter, seen above left with Paul Tacorian, donned several pieces that were later auctioned via Clothes Off Our Back to benefit The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit that encourages artists to dedicate their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions.


Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks was among the surprise celebrity guests attending the launch of Tacori’s new “18K925” collection. A day after the Sept. 15 event, Hendricks was seen in an E! online video taped on Tacori’s blue carpet.

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