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Academy Awards 2019: the hidden message in Lady Gaga's priceless necklace

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This is the first time the jewel has been released from the Tiffany’s vault, since it was last released for Audrey Hepburn.     

This awards season, a star was born.

We’re talking about Lady Gaga’s transformation from singing superstar to acting legend, courtesy of her supernova performance as up-and-coming artist Ally in A Star Is Born. On every red carpet thus far, from the Golden Globes to the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, Lady Gaga’s fashion choices have reinforced the message of the season: I have arrived.

And her outfit at today’s Oscars was no different. Clad in a fitted black taffeta gown by Alexander McQueen and a pair of elbow length gloves. Around her neck was the gobstopper Tiffany yellow diamond from the Tiffany & Co vault and matching earrings worth a cool £52 million ($69 million).

The jewels were last seen in a slightly different setting around the neck of Audrey Hepburn for the promotional pictures for Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. The brand has never let the diamond out of its vault since then. Until now.

“The priceless Tiffany DIamond [is] one of the largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds in the world,” a statement from Tiffany & Co read. “Released from the vault specifically for Lady Gaga, this marks the first time in history that the legendary Tiffany DIamond has graced an awards show red carpet.”

Featuring 82 facets, some 24 more than a traditional 58 facet brilliant cut, the 128 carat Tiffany Diamond is a rare and precious gemstone, and seeing Gaga in it on the red carpet felt like a deleted scene from Ocean’s 8

Watch out for Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett’s sticky fingers, Gaga. 

Audrey Hepburn in the Tiffany Diamond in a different setting

Fans of romantic comedies might have recognised the diamond from the beloved Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey picture How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

That’s because the Isadora Diamond that featured in that movie was inspired by the Tiffany Diamond, and it was that gorgeous rock that Hudson wears in the pivotal scene in which she encourages all women to “frost yourselves” with jewels.

“The chance to work with such an amazing piece of design and history tonight is a creative dream come true,” the singer’s stylists Sandra Amador and Tom Erebout said. 

“There are so many beautiful jewels in the world, but the radiant Tiffany Diamond is truly exceptional, which is just so fitting for Lady Gaga.”

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