The Oscars is a big night not just for fashion designers but also for jewelers to bring out their best work and drape them on the stars of their choice. But a few celebs chose an accessory that makes a statement. Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, and Ryan Gosling all wore a red teardrop pin as a show of support for Amnesty International and the fight against conflict diamonds.
The pin was designed by Alessandra Gallo Jewellery and handcrafted by Ricardo Basta of Beverly Hills. It’s a subtle statement made by Amnesty International and Global Witness on the diamond mining industry.
“Americans buy half of the diamond jewelry sold worldwide — $33 billion a year in U.S. sales,” said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “We feel that this industry has an obligation — and consumers should demand — that the diamonds that are bought and sold are conflict free, given the devastating human toll blood diamonds extract.”
The pins were auctioned off after the event and funds raised will go to Amnesty International’s rehabilitation program for child soldiers. Ryan was planning to auction his pin to support a burn victim from Uganda. Filmmakers were also asked to wear the pin to the event. Personally, I’d have liked to see more actresses wearing the pin as well.