Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Shop
371 N. Rodeo Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA / (310) 271 8554
about trust.. In 1999, Harry loaned host Whoopi Goldberg
$41 million dollars in Elizabethian jewels (the most ever worn by
one person at the Oscars) including a single diamond ring worth $15 million.
Also in 1999, Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow
and presenter Jennifer Lopez also
wore jewels by the House of Winston.
Harry once loanedElizabeth Taylor
$3 million worth of jewelry for that single night.
When TV's "The Bachelorette" picked
out her engagement ring, it was at Harry Winston.
In 2002, Oscar winner Halle
Berry wore jewels from Harry Winston when she picked up her
Best Actress Oscar; Best Actress nominee Sissy
Spacek (diamond earrings and pearl bracelet), Renee
Zellweger (large diamond earrings) and Glenn
Close (necklace) also wore Harry Winston jewelry on Oscar Night.
Hostess Whoopi Goldberg tells
of how Winston loaned her a multi-million dollar yellow diamond necklace
- and she lost it! Fortunately, she found the lost jewel - it had dropped
down her bosom.
In 2001, Harry designed a diamond necklace called
"au Chocolat", made of white diamonds in a leaf motif with
nine huge chocolate (brown) diamonds and 18 canary-yellow ones. He hoped
to have Juliette Binoche (of "Chocolat")
wear it, but she turned up in pearls instead!
1998, actress Gloria Stewart ('Old
Rose' in "Titanic") wore a $20 million, 15-carat blue
diamond necklace from Harry Winston (which came complete with a discreet
army of bodyguards to safeguard the gem.)
1997, Faye Dunaway wore $1.6 million
worth of Winston jewels, including a a 70-carat diamond & ruby necklace
(worth $800,000), matching earclips (valued at $350,000), bracelets (worth
$370,000), and a ruby & diamond ring valued at $80,000.
Sigourney Weaver wore a ruby bracelet worth $614,000, and
diamond earclips valued at $135,000. Winona Ryderchose only a pair of diamond earrings - worth $100,000. On the other
Jagger's diamond bracelet and earclips were worth over $1,000,000.
The arrangement benefits both the stars (who get
to wear the finest jewelry at no cost) and the jeweler (who reaps a bounty
of free publicity each time a celeb mentions the store's name).
Most of Hollywood's elite have donned Harry Winston's
jewels, including Katharine Hepburn,
Grace Kelly, Jodie
Foster, Madonna, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Liza Minnelli,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Dolly
Parton, Rosie O'Donnell,
Marisa Tomei and Laura Dern.
Whoopi Goldberg appeared as Queen Constantina
in Disney's TV movie "Cinderella," Harry Winston supplied
the jewels, including a 70-carat diamond ring valued at $9 million
and a necklace worth $2.5 million. Winston sent three armed guards to the
movie's L.A. set each day.
When Kate Hudson
appeared in 2003's "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days", she
was wearing an 87-carat diamond pendant (in the diamond gala scene) created
especially for her by Harry Winston.
And in 2003, when Ben Affleck
bought Jennifer Lopez a
huge, 6-caret, pink diamond engagement ring, he bought it at Harry Winston.
And speaking of showbiz, Harry Winston also
created a special pair of red ruby slippers to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." But as you might expect,
Harry's ruby slippers, were a bit more expensive than Dorothy's.. they
were made of real rubies - 4,600 of them, to be exact, worth over
It's not just loaners, either. When Ben Affleck bought
Jennifer Lopez a huge, pink diamond engagement ring, he bought it at Harry
Winston - for over a million dollars.
expensive jewels are nothing new to Harry Winston. Known as "The King of Diamonds,"
the jeweler has made a specialty out of acquiring big stones, including
the enormous 337-carat Catherine the Great sapphire, the 95-carat Star
of the East, and the legendary 46-caret Hope Diamond,
which Harry donated to the Smithsonian Institution.
Over the years, the House of Winston has done business
with Kings, Queens, Maharajahs, Sultans, famous families (such as the Rockefellers),
and countless Hollywood stars.
In 1974, he arranged the largest individual sale
of diamonds ever, with an astonishing price of $24,500,000.
There are other jewelers who also lend jewelry
to the stars for the Academy Awards. One notable name is Van Cleef &
Arpels (which is located on the same block of Rodeo Drive). But it
is Harry Winston who usually manages to get the company name on the evening
news on Oscar Night.Getting
there: Located on the west side (across from Cafe Rodeo), in Beverly Hills.
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