The significance of all those emeralds on the Golden Globes red carpet

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Kayleigh Dray

Pretty much everyone wore black at the 75th Golden Globes, to use the red carpet as an opportunity to raise awareness about the Time’s Up initiative. However, eagle-eyed fans have spotted that many A-listers were wearing emeralds, too. This is why…

The red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes saw men and women stand together in a thick black line as an act of protest against sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood.

However, there were many who chose to add a purposeful pop of colour – and some extra meaning – to their red carpet ensemble with emerald jewellery.

Ashley Judd (one of the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein), Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Halle Berry, Debra Messing, Isabella Huppert, Yvonne Stahovski, Alexi Meyers, laran Marano and Issa Rae were amongst those who chose to wear emeralds at the event – the first awards show to take place in a post-Weinstein world.

Issa Rae

Some have suggested that the emerald was chosen as a nod to the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz – and, in particular, the iconic moment in which brave Dorothy Gale exposes the truth about the “man behind the curtain”.

Others have pointed out that the precious stone has long been considered a symbol of hope, renewal and growth – one which, according to the experts at Crystal Vaults, inspires “an ongoing search for meaning, justice, compassion and harmony”.

Emma Stone, meanwhile, took things one step further with her beauty look – which was entirely inspired by the Suffragette movement.

Speaking to People Style about the look, make-up artist Rachel Goodwin said: “Once I heard about the idea of women coming together and wearing black to the ceremony, and the message behind it, my friend Arianne [Phillips] designing the Time’s Up pin and what the message is, I wanted the makeup to have a message as well.

“I thought, red lipstick was a colour suffragettes wore, so I did more research and found that they also wore very specific, symbolic sashes, pins, petticoats and all these things in purple, emerald green and white when they were fighting for the right to vote.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, which will provide subsidised legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organisation of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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