The Jewelry Insider

December 8, 2009

The Kennedy Center Honors brought out both the bling and The Boss this year, but Michelle Obama’s statement necklace nearly stole the show.

Diamond jewelry lit up our nation’s capital over the weekend, as the Kennedy Center handed out their coveted medals to five deserving American performing artists.

This year’s honorees included Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Gracy Bumbry and Dave Brubeck, and while they certainly deserve center stage there was serious competition from our fabulous First Lady that night.

Michelle Obama continues to wow the fashion elite with her sense of style, and her purple Peter Soronen strapless frock was no exception. But it was her stunning Tom Binns diamond and gemstone statement necklace from his Mutiny of Splendor collection that had our mouths watering. The piece sells for just over $2,000, but the colorful sparkle is beyond priceless (in our humble opinion).

Colored gemstones are a huge trend these days – with purple, in particular, popping up on runways and red carpets alike. Perfect for the holiday season, purple gems like amethysts, tanzanite, and created sapphires give any party dress that special shine. And Jewelry.com has a treasure trove of purple gem options to choose from at prices well below the Tom Binns/First Lady threshold.

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