Met Gala 2018: ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Adorned with High Jewellery

Met Gala 2018: ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Adorned with High Jewellery

The 2018 Met Gala saw the stars embrace the theme of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ via custom-made crowns, angel-like halos and plenty of crucifix necklaces.

Here, we round-up some of the most extravagant looks and discuss the jewellery pieces that brought them to life.

Blake Lively

The 30-year-old actor told Vogue in March that her look, a ruby red gown, is her “favourite dress ever” and at the time, over 600 hours had already been put into creating it.

For the big event, Blake wore over $2 million of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, including a custom-made halo with over 100 carats of champagne diamonds, a pair of 30 carat Colombian emerald and diamond earrings set in 18k gold, an armful of gold bracelets, 3 diamond and ruby rings, and her personal Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring.

For statement pieces that pack a high jewellery punch, look to IJL 2018 Exhibitors Bloch & Co, Henig Diamonds, and Pugata.


Rihanna paid tribute to the Pope in a breath-taking Maison Margiela gown, complete with a papal tiara reminiscent of those worn from the Medieval period up until the 1960s.

 The strapless hand-beaded dress is adorned with hundreds of pearls, as was her matching sculptured jacket. She accessorised the look with a pearl anklet and a bejewelled crucifix necklace. In total, the outfit took 250 hours to sew and 500 hours to hand embroider by Maison Margiela Atelier in Paris.

To finish off this show-stopping look, Rihanna wore a Crucifix pendant circa 1936 from the Cartier Collection.

Pearls are a firm favourite at IJL, this year visit Raw Pearls, La Perle Blanche, and Colpo & Zilio for some striking designs and strands.


Madonna was in her element with this year’s Met Gala theme. Her Jean Paul Gaultier look not only paid tribute to her role in popularising religious iconography in fashion, but also reunited her with her long time fashion collaborator and the creative genius behind that infamous cone bra corset.

Madonna, no stranger to controversy, has long been associated with religious elements, thanks to her “Like a Prayer” music video. She wore a custom-made crown and rosary by Rinaldy Yunardi paired with onyx and diamond earrings by Narcisa Pheres.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker undoubtedly made a beeline for Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana when the religious theme of this year’s Met Gala was announced.

Her sumptuous gold gown was topped off with an elaborate nativity-scene headpiece with subtle sleeper earrings.

Jasmine Sanders

The model marked her first time at the Met Gala with a fantastic display of gold and golden jewellery.

Her hair was wrapped in pink and red velvet, plus a thin gold strand strung with pearls. To complement this romantic look, she chose warm rose gold and diamond jewellery from Bulgari’s Parentesi High Jewellery Collection.

For examples of romantic rose and yellow gold fine jewellery, visit Domino Jewellery, Cara Jewellers, and Greenspark at IJL 2018.

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Priyanka Chopra

Actress Priyanka Chopra hit the red carpet in a velvet Ralph Lauren gown which included a show-stopping gold beaded hood that stood out on the red carpet.

This Ralph Lauren creation is completely hand-crafted and set with Swarovski crystals, meticulous beadwork, and over 250 hours of embroidery, according to the brand.

Mindy Kaling

Kaling wore a massive gold crown featuring giant light blue gems for the occasion, giving off some serious royal vibes. She shared the designer behind the unique piece: Pericles Kondylatos, a Greek jewelry designer.

She completed her sleek, shiny and fit-for-a-queen look with a shimmering silver gown and navy opera-length gloves. The dress is by designer Vassilis Zoulias.

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Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid returned to the Met Gala wearing a Versace dress with stain glass window-inspired detail paired with over $5 million of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery.

Zoe Kravitz

Last but not least, actress Zoe Kravitz wowed in a Saint Laurent dress and shoes, a Guiseppe Zanotti bag and Jacob & Co. jewellery.

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It is safe to say that this year’s theme will go down in history as one of the most illustrious Met Galas.

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