The Jewelry Insider

January 28, 2010

From Michelle Obama to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, power pearls paired with purple emerged as the State of the Union’s big fashion statement.

While the President laid out his plan for our country last night,
fashionistas laid eyes on our favorite obsession: the First Lady’s wardrobe –
and Mrs. O didn’t disappoint.

Wearing a fresh new bob, Michelle Obama’s signature white pearl strand was
the perfect compliment to her Isaac Mizrahi dress in pretty plum – a far cry
from what many called her ‘inappropriate’ sleeveless look the last time around.

Power pearls and purple were also the style choice of Speaker, Nancy Pelosi,
who paired her ubiquitous multi-color
pearl strand with a lavendar suit. The ‘Pelosi pearls’ have been a constant staple of the Speaker’s wardrobe, causing many pearl vendors to replicate the
look for their customers (they’re said to be 11-13mm Tahitian and South Sea
pearls worth anywhere from $5,000 – $10,000.

Many are speculating the purple presence on not just Obama and Pelosi, but
Joe Biden’s tie and many others in the audience, to be a sign of political unity
since it’s a mix of blue and red. If that’s what it takes to make Washington
work together, we’re all for it.

In the meantime, peruse our
pearl treasure chest for a ‘Pelosi power strand’
or a classic Obama look for your own jewelry box!


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