What would our lives be without the constant stream of celebrities selling jewelry? It seems like yesterday that Nicole Richie was one of the first to make a successful go of it, but now every reality show star and D-lister is throwing their hat in the ring.
Here are the latest names list to jump into the jewelry biz:
1. Nicky Hilton
Paris Hilton’s more productive younger sister is launching a high quality/low price jewelry line inspired by her own collection.
“I’m a crazy jewelry collector,” Hilton tells WWD. “I’ve always known since I was a teenager that I wanted to do a line. Whenever I bought something, whether at a flea market in Paris or a bazaar in India, I’ve been collecting pieces.”
Her line will have styles inspired by her mother and grandmother’s David Webb pieces in addition to some with an edgier feel a la spikes and snakes. The collection will range from $35-$480 and will be sold exclusively at Endless.com before branching off to other locations.
2. Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley’s line for QVC is the aptly named Priscilla Presley Collection, a line of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings that’s part rock-and-roll, part red carpet glam.
The former Mrs. Elvis launched her line yesterday with prices that range from $35 to $170.
3. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe already have a jewelry line with the brand Virgins, Saints & Angels, but Kim’s solo stint with Loren Jewels brings her name to a higher-priced couture line of gems.
Loren Ridinger has often put her Loren Jewels on red carpet divas like Eva Longoria Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys, according to Luxist. The blue and white diamond earrings shown above have 38.62 carats of diamonds and sell for a cool $19,000.
4. Shoshanna Gruss (Lonstein)
This former Jerry Seinfeld flame and successful fashion designer is partnering with QVC darling, Judith Ripka, on a costume jewelry line that includes crystal heavy pieces and statement necklaces that sell for $20 to $80.
“I wanted my costume jewelry line to have the same versatility as my clothing line–a collection of pieces that can make a seamless transition from day into evening. I love being able to wear a dress to a daytime luncheon and then out to a concert later that night, with just a change of jewelry and accessories,” Gruss told Fashionista.com
Her line launched yesterday on QVC with styles still available on www.qvc.com.
5. Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley’s line on (you guessed it…) QVC was inspired by her Hamptons lifestyle. The Christie Brinkley Jewelry Collection is done in sterling silver and includes bracelets, cocktail rings and dangle earrings with quartz, sapphires, topaz, agate and other gems. Prices range from $45 for a woven leather bracelet to the higher priced gemstone bracelet pictured here for $393.
“This line is a celebration of all the things I love.” said Brinkley in a press release.
Who is your favorite celebrity designer? Tori Spelling? Kelly Bensimon? Ramona Singer? I’m partial to Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line. Weigh in!