This is why everyone was wearing emerald earrings at the Golden Globes

SO much better than diamonds

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SO much better than diamonds

As the first event of awards season, the Golden Globes 2018 was bound to get political, in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals that rocked Hollywood. And sure enough, celebrities used the red carpet to show their support for victims, with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman wearing black dresses, and others like Justin Timberlake and Emma Watson sporting Time's Up pins.

However you might have missed another subtle message that actresses such as Zoe Kravitz, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Debra Messing were all keen to show: hope.

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To accessorise their designer black dresses, they all wore emerald earrings, a gem which is widely known to symbolise rebirth, hope and wisdom, and in some cultures is deemed more precious than diamonds.

Zoe Kravitz arguably stole the show with her velvet column dress, which was beautifully set off by clear green rectangular statement earrings.

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Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones went for a more vintage look with her drop emerald earrings, which she paired with an embellished Zuhair Murad gown straight of the catwalk.

Will & Grace star Debra Messing kept things simple with oval clip-ons, teamed with a glittering beaded top with silk trousers.

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Ashley Judd (who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein) wore emerald earrings and a ring by Martin Katz, and other actresses wore the precious gem on their rings, necklaces and bracelets, like Salma Hayek, and The Handmaid's Tale Yvonne Strahovski.

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It's official, diamonds are SO last year.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.