The Jewelry Insider

April 30, 2009

Move over Joan Rivers, R&B icon Gladys Knight is getting into the jewelry business.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has partnered with The LaRoda Group and Robert Rose Jewelry to launch the Gladys Knight Jewelry Line, available in December at major department stores and on the Home Shopping Network (HSN).

The eco-friendly line will be made of sustainable materials like recycled glass, fair trade beads and parts made from Tagua nuts – a rain forest crop often referred to as vegetable ivory.

“I am excited to work with a company that shares our ideas of creating natural products that are not only environmentally friendly, but also creates jobs. The affordable prices of the new line, along with quality and attention to family, is an unbeatable combination.” Knight said in a press release.

The 64-year-old Grammy winner feels designing jewelry for the working woman is an important angle for her line.

“My team and I were impressed with Gary Rose, the chief executive officer of Robert Rose Jewelry, and its family-oriented organization, as well as its mission to provide quality jewelry for the working woman and appeal to those who are just fashion forward,” Knight explained.

Best known for her work with Gladys Knight and the Pips, the songstress is already a successful businesswoman, owning a popular chain of soul food restaurants and authoring two bestselling books. Adding jewelry maven to her laundry list of accomplishments seems the next logical step.

The Pips should be proud.

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