Road to the Red Carpet: Bringing On the Bling with the Platinum Guild and Michael O'Connor!. LA Story's Golden Globes Gilds the Platinum Guild Blog and Podcast!

When it comes to award season, there  are tons of suites to visit. One suite that is always   at the top of my list is the Platinum Guild Suite! Not only do they welcome treat press as nicely as they do celebrities, but I love getting the chance to see so many gorgeous gems in one room (it takes my breath away!) and I get a chance to talk to Michael O’Connor, the stylist and jewelry expert that is always backstage giving commentary on the  best dressed  celebrities.

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Check out the podcast where Michael O’Connor gives you the 411 on what’s HOT  at the Platinum Guild. We will feature photos of the pieces he talks about and lots more. Also make sure you check out the other Platinum Guild posts about  what jewelry was worn by the various celebrities. That was a LONG list and you should see just how popular– and gorgeous– platinum really is!

The Shibuki piece is so gorgeous! It’s a real stunner.

The Ganjam Bracelet is amazing in its complexity and beauty with creativity shown in the workmanship.

Mikimoto’s Platinum and South Sea Pearl Necklace is a really amazing piece that is both elegant and sophistated.

Over the top pieces are popular — like this amazing bib style necklace from Amgad!

Check out this WOW piece with pave diamonds and radiant cut diamond that is HUGE!! It’s definitely a wallet (and jaw) breaking piece!

Oscar Heyman and Brothers created this gorge diamond and platinum necklace that looked like it would refract light like nothing I have ever seen. The variety of shapes in the construction of the necklace make this unique.

Hammerman Brothers  bib style  necklace done in ribbons of diamonds joined at the bottom and  made even more dazzling with the ruby drops. Yummy!

Jacob and Company earrings are stunning with graduated briolettes of diamonds that reflect light and create a lot of movement  With this sort of earring, one doesn’t need a lot of other jewelry.

Hammerman Brothers circle within a circle earrings are sure to please particularly since they have a lot of flash and movement.

Chad Allison is a new designer to the Platinum Guild Suite. Featuring designs that are ideal for a more petite person or someone wanting a lower key earring, the styles that Allison created for the Golden Globes were very romantic in feel. With more filigree and going north into the ear lobe rather than wider, there are a number of earrings that would suit a  phenomenal dress or be perfect for someone who believes in a bit less is more. His Aquamarine Drop Earrings are a bit different from the other earrings and definitely would work on any woman!


For the men, there were a LOT of pieces for men– much more than other award ceremonies.

This cross dagger is amazing and would be perfect for the gentleman who believes in dressing with a more edgy feel.

NIKOS matte cross is a great choice for a man who wants  a bit more sophistication and subtlety to his jewelry. Also the great square ring is amazing because of its contoured fit! The ID bracelet gives a nice edge yet not quite over the top presentation.

Ricardo Basta is very popular. While his pieces were already snatched up by the time we got to the Platinum Guild, it’s not an awards ceremony without featuring something from master artisan, engineer and jewelry artist, Ricardo Basta!

For the piece de resistance, Lazar Kaplan designed this phenomenal jacket featuring 2 pounds of platinum and  three thousand diamonds with a one million dollar price tag. It’s amazing!!!

Here are more images that I took while there so that you could see the ARRAY of jewels that stylists and celebrities had to choose from. Totally amazing!

Tray 1

Tray 2

Tray 3

Tray 4

Tray 5

Tray 6

I did some quick videos of the various trays. Realize this is all done in natural light and this done off a itty bitty point and shoot!

Trays Part 2

I would like to thank Michael O’Connor for his time– he’s wonderful at his job and only shows me the best  pieces.  Also thank you to the Platinum Guild and Clifford PR for making the time for me to  cover this suite. It was booked solidly throughout the 3 days pre Golden Globe!

Don’t forget that there are 2 other blogs: one about the other spa services in the suite with a podcast and also one blog featuring who wore what! (refer back to these photos)

Stevie Wilson

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