From the Golden Globes to the SAGs, Lady Gaga has made statement after stunning statement on the red carpet this awards season. She closed out A Star Is Born‘s victory lap at the Oscars, where she’s up for two awards, one for best actress and one for best original song. Her final look was not only another notable entry in her fashion legacy, but it also featured an important piece of design history.
Lady Gaga walked the Oscars red carpet in a black Alexander McQueen gown with matching elbow-length gloves. It was her jewelry that captured everyone’s attention, though: She was decked out in Tiffany & Co. jewelry, including the cushion-cut brilliant Tiffany Diamond necklace.
The gorgeous stone at the center of Lady Gaga’s necklace weighs 128.54 carats. It dates back to 1887 and was purchased by Charles Lewis Tiffany himself in 1878, according to a press release from Tiffany & Co.
In addition to the Tiffany Diamond, the necklace also features 16 cushion-cut diamonds and 46 round brilliant diamonds. But it’s not just the size and provenance of the stone that makes Lady Gaga’s accessory so special. The last time this piece of jewelry left the Tiffany vault was for a promotional Breakfast at Tiffany’s shoot — which makes Audrey Hepburn the last person to have worn it publicly.
Lady Gaga is up for best actress at this year’s Oscars, the category Hepburn won in 1962 for her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Throughout awards season, fans have been drawing comparisons between Gaga’s outfits and those of classic Hollywood legends. For instance, her Valentino gown from the Golden Globes was likened to the dress Judy Garland wore in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born.
This is the first time the Tiffany Diamond is making an appearance on the red carpet, according to Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer of Tiffany & Co. Lady Gaga’s stylists, Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout, said in a statement: “The chance to work with such an amazing piece of design and history tonight is a creative dream come true. There are so many beautiful jewels in the world, but the radiant Tiffany Diamond, which weighs over 128 carats, is truly exceptional, which is just so fitting for Lady Gaga.”
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