The 76th Venice International Film Festival, which kicked off Aug. 28 in Italy, promotes artier big-budget Hollywood films—while its daily red carpets function as international runways for opulent fashion and jewelry.

Celebrities and their style squads aim for full-tilt glamour at the Venice fest: Gowns are more elaborate than those we see at Hollywood premieres; makeup and hair is substantial (but often chasing that not-trying-too-hard French ideal); and the event’s jewelry parade doubles as a showcase for the boldest and most artistic new haute designs—pulled almost exclusively from European houses including Chopard, Bulgari, and Messika.

The festival is almost at its midpoint, and the big-gem jewels continue to impress. Here are five looks we’re especially crazy for:

Kirsten Dunst in cutesy-cool Irene Neuwirth opal and diamond earrings (image via: @wwwjewels)


Molly Sims in Anabela Chan’s Waterfall Chandelier earrings and a Zuhair Murad gown (image via: @anabelachan)


Juliette Binoche in Marco Bicego earrings and cuff (image via: @marcobicego; see close-ups below)

Marco Bicego earrings
Juliette Binoche’s Marco Bicego earrings and cuff, below (photos courtesy of Marco Bicego)

Marco Bicego cuff


Top and above: Tina Kunakey in diamond, gold, and wood Messika earrings (she also wore the matching bracelet) from the brand’s Black Hawk collection (image via: @tinakunakey)


Candace Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel in an Etro shirt and bold gold and gemstone necklace and earrings (image via: @angelcandices)