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"It had an African feel to it, like the rings going up your neck," says Angela Bassett of her Chaumet choker. "It spoke to me."

Whitney Houston accessorized her Pamela Dennis gown with crystal neckwear from her own jewelry box.

Lara Flynn Boyle (at Vanity Fair's party) roped in a custom-made $55,000 Asprey & Garrard platinum lariat to go with her silver Valentino jacket.

Director Julian Schnabel's wife, Olatz, "wanted something long and dramatic," a Fred Leighton rep says of her 12-carat earrings.

Raquel Welch quips she "could have used Russell Crowe's bodyguards" to carry her $1 million-plus Tony Duquette emeralds.

NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais came to the Moomba party blooming with $100,000 worth of white and yellow diamonds from David Orgell.

No shrinking violet, Sela Ward (at VF's soiree) enlivened her sheath gown with a 19th-century diamond and amethyst necklace from Fred Leighton.

"I wanted to look like the sun," says nominee Ellen Burstyn, radiant in Christian Dior sapphires.

At the VF party, Kim Cattrall's bejeweled Dolce & Gabbana gown, complete with built-in necklace, looked like something from the closet of her Sex and the City alter ego.

In her own baubles, songwriter Denise Rich (at VF) put aside her political woes with what she calls an "understated" look.

It was a test run for Julie Andrews's four-row diamond necklace, on loan from Harry Winston. She'll wear it in her upcoming feature film, The Princess Diaries.