The Jewelry Insider

April 29, 2009

From breaking ground on the White House vegetable garden to breaking in their new puppy, Michelle Obama has had her hands full during the first 100 days of her husband’s presidency. And
through it all, she’s managed to keep the fashion world on their toes with her refreshing sense of First Lady style.

While we might not know what color will come out of Mrs. O’s closet on a given day, one thing is clear: she loves making a jewelry statement. Our Mom-In-Chief has brightened up the first 100 days with a dazzling display of shimmer and shine – inspiring all of us to add a little sparkle to our own

Here is a brief recap of the First 100 Days of First Lady Jewelry Fashion for your reading pleasure, with great insider tips on how to get her jewelry looks for a lot, lot less right here on

Brooch Blitz

The vintage diamond brooch Michelle wore for The Inauguration had tongues wagging about
the appropriateness of bling before the bedtime hour. But like her sleeveless statements in the halls of Congress, the First Lady defied tradition and lit up the stage with her Carole Tanenbaum vintage creation.

And she hasn’t stopped there. She continues to wear eye-catching brooch styles during her many personal appearances and rivals the likes of Madeleine Albright as the poster child for the jewelry category. has a colorful array of brooches and pins – many for under $100. From birds and flowers to bees and crowns, you’ll be sure to find the right fit for your next public appearance.

Pearls of Wisdom

Gone are the days of the dowdy pearl strand (Susan Boyle? Are you listening?). Michelle Obama is rewriting the way the look can be worn – from the incredible Tom Binns pearl and crystal statement necklace she wore at the first White House black-tie dinner, to the multicolored strand worn at a meeting with a princess.

That’s not to say the more traditional pearl strand doesn’t have a place in her wardrobe; it made several appearances during her news-making European jaunt, but she managed to make the single strand fresh by pairing it with flirty prints and bold colors.

Make the world your oyster with a pearl strand from our very own treasure chest. From chocolate and pink to black or champagne, we’ve got colorful pearl gems as well as the tried and true looks to add to your own jewelry box for the summer season. And they’re a great gift idea for your own mom-in-chief this Mother’s Day!

Diamonds on the Down Low

On several occasions, Michelle Obama has been known to bring out the big time bling. She
wore icy Loree Rodkin earrings during the Inauguration Festivities and layers a nice
diamond cuff or two for other formal functions, but the majority of the diamonds we’ve seen on our First Lady are classic understated styles that add just a hint of sparkle.

Diamond studs are a must-have in any woman’s jewelry box, and Michelle Obama relies on them almost as much as her J. Crew cardigans to accessorize an outfit. Classic diamond hoops are another First Lady favorite as seen in this image from the NATO summit in Germany.

And we’d like to think we know a thing or two about creating a classic diamond look for women in every budget range. Our diamond stud collection is unrivaled, with styles ranging from under $100 to over $10,000. And you’ll jump through hoops to get at the amazing savings from the thousands of other diamond jewelry styles offered by the retailers you trust.

While the first 100 days have come and gone, you can be sure we’ll be keeping an eye on what Obama has next up her sleeveless shift dress. With newsworthy jewelry at the top of her fashion ‘To Do’ list, we all have a lot to look forward to.

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