Precious platinum was front and center Sunday night at Hollywood's biggest celebration of television achievement – the Primetime Emmy Awards. Among the high-profile actresses turning heads in their colorful gowns and stunning platinum baubles were Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominee Vergara sparked a media frenzy in her Zuhair Murad beaded teal gown accessorized with diamonds and platinum. Her Neil Lane-designed jewelry included platinum and diamond earrings (45 carats), platinum and diamond cuff bracelets (110 carats) and a platinum and diamond ring (20 carats).
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee Hendricks channeled Marilyn Monroe in her custom metallic frock from Christian Sirano, beautifully adorned with platinum earrings featuring rubies and diamonds by designer Lorraine Schwartz. Hendricks' accessories also included a Schwartz-designed platinum cuff and bangles sparkling with ruby, jade and diamonds.
Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi took her fashion cues from Pantone's official color of 2012 - tangerine tango. She rocked the red carpet in a stunning tangerine gown by Monique Lhuillier. Laksmi turned to jewelry designer Fred Leighton for her platinum baubles, which included vintage platinum pendant earrings from the 1920s with coral, onyx and diamonds, as well as a 1920s platinum cocktail ring with diamonds and onyx.
The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards snagged 800,000 more viewers than last year, reaching 13.2 million people Sunday night, according to ABC.
Modern Family was the biggest winner of the evening. In the comedy category, the top-rated show took home awards in the Best Supporting Acting categories, Outstanding Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series.