There’s even more sparkle to Rodeo Drive as Harry Winston moved into its glamorous three-story tribute to the house of Winston which had its beginnings in downtown L.A. in 1911.
Over $50 million in diamond creations were on view — and for sale — of course. And a portion of sales through March 6, the day after the Oscars, will be donated to the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation. That recipient is appropriate, Winston’s Chief Executive Officer Thomas J.O’Neill told me that show business community is the main client of Harry Winston. And Suzy Korb, creative director of Winston said the store’s designer and architect, Thierry Despont, was inspired in its design by “Gilda,” the 1946 Rita Hayworth-Glenn Ford starrer.
Ronald Winston, son of founder Harry W. was on hand and among the showbiz crowd ooh-ing and ah-ing under the 30′-tall domed main gallery were Nicolette Sheridan, from the set of “Desperate Housewives,” with Michael Bolton. She’s a Golden Globe presenter and was checking out what might be on her hand, wrist, neck? Neither Nicolette nor Michael was wearing any jewelry that night but — …
Among the 400 well-wishers, Marissa Jaret Winokur and fiance Judah Miller. Marissa was wearing the sapphire engagement ring Judah had given her. Also there, Eva Longoria, Andrea Bowen, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Dita Van Teese, Zooey Deschanel, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, well as the Foundation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Academy’s Sid Ganis and those who are no strangers to expensive trinkets — Barbara and Nancy Davis, Candy Spelling, well as Fred and Betty Hayman, Vidal and Ronnie Sassoon.
The Harry Winston “stars” of the evening were: the legendary Lesotho Diamond, weighing 71.73 carats, a pair of 60 carat diamond pear-shaped earrings, and the Marquesa Collection featuring an 11.62 carat Emeral-cut cognac diamond ring. I was told celeb wearers of Winston’s chef d’oeuvres at the Oscars don’t decide on which bauble to wear until about two hours before showtime — because they’re still deciding on which gown to wear! How’d you like to be the security during this “trying on” period?