The Jewelry Insider

February 9, 2009

Joining Heidi Klum as a model-turned-reality show host turned-jewelry designer, Top Chef’s, Padma Lakshmi, is launching a line of fine jewelry, which is inspired by (big surprise) cooking ingredients.

Padma Lakshmi

“It’s inspired by things like seeds and pods, like cardamom, lentils and cloves,” the Indian-born Lakshmi told Women’s Wear Daily.

“I wanted jewelry that isn’t big or grand. I wanted to make something with an exotic lilt and a nod to my background.”

Called “Padma”, the day to night collection consists of more than 50 styles of 10-karat and 14-karat gold jewelry, including necklaces, rings and cuffs. There are delicate bracelets with citrine briolettes, four-row gold cuffs with charms, and dangling gold earrings reminiscent of that delicate culinary carnage – fish bones. Other details echo Lakshmi’s Indian heritage.

Gold on the Red CarpetThe good news for Padma is, yellow gold jewelry is a trend from last year that has staying power well into 2009. We’ve seen it on the runways from the likes of Versace and Diane von Furstenberg and on red carpet darlings like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston.

So if you want to ‘pack up your knives’ and order a Padma piece for your own jewelry box, the line will hit Bergdorf Goodman in May with prices ranging from $375 to $6,600. Or stroll through the treasure chest of gold gems to find the yellow gold piece that suits your budget.

In the meantime, it’s getting down to the wire for this season’s Top Chef hopefuls in New York. Catch the series on Bravo! and regale in Padma’s golden look of disdain.

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