All that glitters this Oscar season is gold for Irish jeweller
They're talking gold in Hollywood this week - but it's not about the Oscar statues.
Early Oscar winners received statuettes made from gold-plated solid bronze but the modern day, foot-high statuettes are made from gold-plated britannium, an alloy made mostly from tin.
Sparkling like a star in Tinseltown this week, Kilkenny-based jeweller Yvonne Ross will be showcasing her talents at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony next Sunday.
Yvonne has a very personal interest in the Oscars because her fiance, Paul Young is an Oscar-nominated producer from Cartoon Saloon whose feature film, 'Song of the Sea', is up for a statue.
Yvonne is an award-winning goldsmith and jewellery designer and her choice of jewellery for the big night has been carefully thought out.
The jeweller will be wearing hand-crafted pieces inspired, appropriately, by the sea with pear-shaped diamonds and blue gemstones. Her Oscar gown is being made by up-and-coming Irish designer, Elaine McGovern from Ranelagh in Dublin.
Yvonne has been busy and has created Oscar night jewellery for Liselotte Olofsson, wife of twice-nominated director, Tomm Moore, another co-founder of Cartoon Saloon.
Liselotte's tanzanite earrings and large dress ring were custom-made to complement her red carpet dress by Dublin designer, Jennifer Rothwell.
The gown features prints from Jennifer's latest collection which was inspired by Harry Clarke's stained-glass windows.
At her store at Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Jennifer yesterday wouldn't give away too much about the Oscar dress but said: "I hope they win and that Liselotte gets to walk across the stage so everyone can see the Harry Clarke-inspired prints which are so colourful and will look great on the red carpet because so many women wear pale, plain colours."
Nora Twomey, another co-founder of Cartoon Saloon will be wearing a dress by Laura Jane Halton who dressed producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly in 2013 when she was nominated for an Oscar for her film 'Head over Heels'.