The Jakarta Post
Bluntly beautiful: Emily Blunt attends the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, California, posing with stunning waterfall earrings created by Indonesian jewelry designer Eri Dwi Suciaji. (Shutterstock.com/Kathy Hutchins)
When Emily Blunt won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, it was a joyful moment for Indonesian jewelry designer Eri Dwi Suciaji, the man behind her stunning waterfall earrings.
Hollywood’s star-studded awards season is always a gold mine for fashion lovers who get to see the biggest names in the film industry come out in the latest designs crafted by the biggest names in the fashion industry.
Clothing and jewelry from prominent designers and designer houses such as Dior and Oscar de la Renta are a common sight on the red carpet. Lately, Indonesian designers have been in the mix, with many of them being discovered by the stylists to the stars.
Most recently, it was Indonesian designer Eri Dwi Suciaji who was in the spotlight.
Under the Forevermark brand, Eri’s 11.73 carat diamond waterfall earrings in 18 carat white gold was worn by actress Emily Blunt at the recent SAG Awards, where she won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in innovative horror film A Quiet Place.
The earrings were personally handpicked by Blunt’s stylist Jessica Paster from a selection of Forevermark jewelry from Indonesia.
The earrings were paired with a custom crystal-embroidered pink Michael Kors gown and a silver Jimmy Choo clutch. Blunt also wore another jewelry piece from Forevermark, the “Force of Nature” – a 3.48 carat diamond ring designed by Louise Kriek of South Africa.
Brand manager of Forevermark Indonesia Devi Chayadi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday the earrings, priced at around Rp 900 million ($63,712), were a custom one-off design for the red carpet event, though they were not told who would wear the jewelry.
“That’s actually the surprise factor. After Forevermark expanded to Indonesia in April last year, many opportunities have been provided by parent company De Beers Group and Forevermark, with their various markets participating in these kind of events,” Devi said.
She said Forevermark Indonesia and branches in other countries were invited by Forevermark USA in October last year to contribute to their operations by sending out a curated collection of jewelry to be showcased to the stylists of US celebrities.
The invitation, she said, was an opportunity to shine at star-studded events.
“The time frame was really short. We received the invitation in October and we had to send out the collection by December,” Devi said.
She said the design team started their design development from scratch as they had never taken part in a red carpet event.
Normally, product development for such earrings ranges from three to six months, but they sped up the process to meet the deadline.
Out of 32 submitted designs, 16 final jewelry pieces, ranging from necklaces to bangles, were selected to be produced and delivered to Los Angeles.
“At that time, Emily Blunt’s stylist Jessica Paster was looking for jewelry to match the gown to be used at the event. According to Jessica, she found a couple of interesting pieces for the look, one of which was Eri’s design,” Devi said.
Another piece from the collection, a necklace, was worn by actress Sandra Oh to a Golden Globes after-party. It was paired with a tuxedo-like jumpsuit and black and white sneakers.
As the 16 jewelry pieces are still in the United States, Devi said they would be shown to other celebrity stylists for the upcoming Academy Awards, giving the Indonesian company another chance at having its pieces grace a major event.
After the Oscars, the jewelry will be brought home and put on display. “We believe the designs are masterpieces in their own right,” she said. (ste)
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