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The Jewelry Insider

December 6, 2010

The 2010 Kennedy Center Honors were handed out this weekend to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Sir Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones and Jerry Herman. And the red carpet was littered with a tony crowd of well-wishers that included a wide range of jewelry choices.

Let’s start with THE DIVAS:

The woman who put the D in Diva was on hand to upstage anyone who deigned make an entrance grander.

Diana Ross.

Floor-length mink? Check. Diamond jewelry overload? Check. Silver sequins? Check. The only thing missing was a wind machine and a Central Park downpour to make this moment shine brighter.

But no one outshines…. The Oprah.

Wearing a cleavage-bearing white dress shirt/gown combo, the O beamed in diamond teardrop earrings as she was honored (and roasted) by the likes of Chris Rock and President Obama, among others.


Shoulder duster earrings are making a comeback, with Holly Robinson Peete and Gayle King sporting the trend to perfection.


Black and white diamonds are a seasonal favorite, and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles along with a surprisingly svelte Jennifer Hudson sparkled in subtle black/white earring choices like these beauties for only $166.


Who doesn’t love Mary Louise Parker? I just don’t love the bed-head hair, awkward red carpet pose and too-tired statement neck/long black gown combo. Check, please.

Thoughts, jewelry hounds?

Oh, and the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony (which ALWAYS makes me cry) airs on CBS on December 28th.

The Jewelry Insider

January 20, 2009

Like a beaming ray of sunshine, Michelle Obama officially began her own era as a style icon at this morning’s historic Inauguration ceremony. Appearing in a stunning gold sheath dress from Cuban-born designer, Isabel Toledo, Mrs. Obama made a glittering statement that was both conservative and fashion forward.

Her diamond-brooched neckline was the only sparkle to be found at the traditionally buttoned-up affair, and while many might interpret the choice as a bit much for such a serious occasion, I say: Shine on, First Lady, shine on!

“What’s so powerful about Michelle Obama is we all see ourselves in her. She’s a modern woman who is fashionable and even flamboyant in her style and she is still taken seriously,” gushed red carpet stylist, Mary Alice Stephenson .

“She’s wearing that dress today for all of us. We’re all wearing that dress with her. The dress is elegant, appropriate and has the individual style stamp of Michelle Obama and is timely for a woman in her 40s — and she wears embellishment during the day. Hallelujah!”

Hallelujah indeed! Two icey diamond studs finished the look in addition to olive gloves by (drumroll….) none other than J Crew! And the adorable Obama daughters appeared in J Crew coats in periwinkle and pink.

Quel surprise!

And for those of you who want your own version of the inauguration frock, a spring version of the dress – which will retail for around $1,500 – will hit Barney’s in March. Will the dress be a hit or a big miss for the masses? Did you like our First Lady’s colorful choice today, or do you prefer the grey librarian look of Laura Bush? (rhetorical question…sorry). Weigh in!

I’ll be keeping a close eye on ball gown and bling buzz tonight, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I think I’ll glow in what poet, Elizabeth Alexander, so beautifully described as today’s ‘sharp sparkle’.


The Jewelry Insider

November 6, 2008

Our mascara stains have barely dried from celebrating the Obama win (or lamenting the McCain loss, as the case may be) and the creators of South Park have already spoofed Election Night in episode 1212 of their hilarious series. No rest for the wicked, as they say.

The new entry is titled “About Last Night” – and the hook? Obama and McCain aren’t really presidential candidates – -they’re jewel thieves plotting to use a secret passageway under the Oval Office to steal the Hope Diamond from The Smithsonian – Ocean’s 11 style.

With McCain supporters hiding in a bunker fearing the end of the world, and the Obama base so drunk they tip over cop cars and fill up the emergency room, the jewel thieves take advantage of a distracted populace to pull off the greatest heist in history. And it’s not just the candidates who are in on the act. Just wait ‘til you see the real Sarah Palin.

The real Hope Diamond is a large, 45.52-carat fancy deep grayish-blue diamond, that is, in fact, housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The diamond is legendary for the curse it supposedly puts on whoever possesses it. But for a cool $210 million, it’s clear even the ‘President’ is willing to take the risk.

Whatever your political persuasion, the episode takes pride in poking fun at all of us. And while it might be too soon to take a jab at such an historical event – – perhaps it’s not soon enough.

South Park airs on Comedy Central. Click here for a complete look at the series and last night’s classic episode.

The Jewelry Insider

November 5, 2008

Well, he did it. In case you’ve been living in a cave, Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. The fabulous Michelle Obama is not only as smart and capable as our 44th President, we love her new take on significant other fashion. Her down-to-earth style and mixed use of designer and ‘off the rack’ is a far cry from Jackie-O’s fashion plate model and nowhere near Cindy McCain’s $70,000 outfit gold standard.

We’ve tracked Mrs. O’s jewelry fashion choices throughout the campaign, and last night she wowed us again with a diamond look worthy of the paradigm shift heard round the world. Her black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress was a fashion risk, but one that paid off in our book. Although the country is likely divided on the subject. Just a hunch.

And while the dazzling diamond drop earrings and blinged out bangles were a surprise choice for the jewelry-conservative Obama, we noticed one thing was missing. Where’s the brooch?

From her speech at the Democratic National Convention to her lauded appearance on the Tonight Show, brooch bling has been the jewelry of choice for the First Lady Elect. It’s, of course, good to keep the jewelry hounds guessing, but we hope she hasn’t put the brooch out to pasture along with Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and the neocons.

In the meantime, if Oprah has already picked out her Inauguration party frock, we can only imagine what the Divine Mrs. O will wow us with. One thing is for sure.

J Crew ain’t gonna cut it.