September 21, 2020 by EMILI VESILIND Sooooooo boring!!!!!

COVID-19 has all but ruined awards season, but the 2020 Emmy Awards actually happened last night—mostly virtually. Celebrities and filmmakers beamed in from their backyards and tastefully understated living rooms for last night’s show, while host Jimmy Kimmel doubled as a virtual switchboard operator for all the streaming video from an Emmy-decorated soundstage at L.A.’s Staples Center.

And though the Emmys’ producers sent a note to participants that the dress code was “come as you are, but make an effort,” most celebs opted for ritzy or all-out glam red carpet attire (more fun than yoga pants, so thank you). Or, in a few cases, statement-making fashion: Regina King (a winner for her starring role in HBO’s Watchmen, which took home 11 Emmys) and Uzo Aduba (a winner for her role as Shirley Chisholm in the FX miniseries Mrs. America) wore tees printed with Breonna Taylor’s name—a call to action to arrest the law enforcement officers who killed her.

Though social distance was the order of the evening, the power of jewelry—to reflect personality and mood, create a vibe, and add interest to ensembles—shone through several couch-bound cameos and backyard acceptance speeches.

Here are some of my favorite jewelry looks from TV’s biggest night:

Kerry Washington in Chopard

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, nominated for her role in Little Fires Everywhere, went all out—even doing a mid-show costume change. Here she is in Chopard emerald jewels (via @luxurylaw). See the pieces up close and personal, below (courtesy of Chopard).Chopard Kerry Washington

Holland Taylor in Irene Neuwirth

Holland Taylor
Actress Holland Taylor, festooned by super-stylist Karla Welch, donned a beautiful Irene Neuwirth gold-and-turquoise necklace over her printed Prada top (via @karlawelchstylist).
Zendaya in Bulgari

Zendaya, the youngest person ever to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series—for Euphoria—in a decadent Bulgari amethyst and gemstone necklace (via @luxurylaw); below: a close-up of the Bulgari suite of jewels the actress wore (via @luxurylaw)
Bulgari jewelry Zendaya

Tracee Ellis Ross in Tiffany & Co.

Tracee Ellis Ross
Presenter/black-ish star/nominee/glamour queen Tracee Ellis Ross rocked a stunning Jean Schlumberger–designed vintage Tiffany & Co. necklace with her festive gold Alexandre Vauthier dress (via @karlawelchstylist).

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton Fine Jewelry

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon noted that her commute to this year’s Emmys (which she attended in her backyard) was the “easiest ever.” The actor/producer—whose Little Fires Everywhere was up for Outstanding Limited Series—wore a simple Louis Vuitton gown and Louis Vuitton jewelry. (via @reesewitherspoon)

Issa Rae in Forevermark

Issa Rae Forevermark
Above and below: Insecure star and nominee Issa Rae wore Forevermark teardrop-shape 18k white gold diamond earrings (6.73 cts. t.w.) and marquise-shape diamond 18k white gold rings (3.90 cts. t.w.) (both photos courtesy of Forevermark)
Issa Rae ring

H.E.R. in Sheryl Jones Jewelry

H.E.R. Sheryl Jones jewelry
Music artist H.E.R., who performed a moving version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” during the Emmys’ “In Memoriam” segment, in Sheryl Jones jewelry hoops (via @divah_filez)