Beyoncé Knowles-Carter headlines our blog again today, and it's not because we want to chime in on whether the diva's stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Monday's presidential inauguration was sung live, lip-synched or enhanced by a backing track. No, Beyoncé is the subject of this post because of the dazzling green earrings she was wearing.
It was hard for viewers to take their eyes off the vibrant green gemstones set in a flower motif as the TV cameras zoomed in for Beyoncé's closeup in glorious HD. Then we wondered... Could these be emeralds?
Designer Lorraine Schwartz used Facebook to set the record straight. The green baubles she designed for Beyoncé were, in fact, fine emeralds. The earrings boasted a total weight of 80 carats and a price tag of $1.8 million. The matching ring worn on the index finger of her right hand featured an emerald weighing 50 carats.
Schwartz knew the earrings would be clearly displayed during Beyoncé's big solo in front of a global audience. "It needed to be something important but understated at the same time," a representative of the designer told The Daily Mail. "These earrings were perfect for Beyoncé because they are modern and classic just like she is!"
The designer was right on the mark as the bright green hue stood out against Beyoncés loose blonde waves and black embroidered Emilio Pucci gown.