Lady Gaga wears R416m necklace featuring rare SA gem to the Oscars

Lady Gaga wearing a necklace featuring the famed Tiffany Diamond at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Lady Gaga wearing a necklace featuring the famed Tiffany Diamond at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Lady Gaga's been creating a stir since the Oscars on Sunday not only for her Best Original Song win — and her oh-so-steamy Shallow duet with Bradley Cooper — but because of her choice of accessories.

The actress paired her stunning black Alexander McQueen gown with a Tiffany & Co necklace featuring one of the world's largest fancy yellow diamonds as its centrepiece  — the historic jewel weighs a whopping 128.54 carats! 

A close-up of the Tiffany & Co necklace Lady Gaga wore to the Oscars. The central fancy yellow diamond has over 82 facets.
A close-up of the Tiffany & Co necklace Lady Gaga wore to the Oscars. The central fancy yellow diamond has over 82 facets.
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Known as the Tiffany Diamond, it was discovered in 1877 in a Kimberly mine right here in good old SA. The stone was bought by Tiffany & Co founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, a year later.

Audrey Hepburn wearing a necklace featuring the famed Tiffany Diamond in the sixties.
Audrey Hepburn wearing a necklace featuring the famed Tiffany Diamond in the sixties.
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The incredible yellow cushion-cut gem was paired with another 16 cushion-cut and 46 brilliant diamonds to create the showstopping necklace you saw at the Academy Awards.

The entire piece, which is set in platinum, is worth over $30m (about R416m), according to Vogue.

Lady Gaga's recent Oscar outing marks the first time the 141-year-old jewel has been worn on the red carpet. 

That said, Lady Gaga isn't the first actress to wear it — that honour goes to Audrey Hepburn, although the gem was set in a different necklace at the time.

The late Hollywood legend fittingly wore the Tiffany Diamond in publicity shots for her film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, in the sixties


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