Girls will definitely go wild for the huge diamond engagement ring Joe Francis recently presented to his fiance, Christina McLarty, a Los Angeles entertainment reporter.
The Girls Gone Wild CEO commissioned one of my favorite jewelry designers, Loree Rodkin, to create the ring – and she knocked it out of the park with a nine-carat rock in a diamond pave band with diamonds surrounding the center stone, according to Luxist. And the price tag? Just under half a mil.
Guess there’s a lot of money to be made from, um, girls going wild.
Rodkin created jewelry for Elton John, Cher and Steven Tyler, but her most famous client is Michelle Obama – who wore her diamond drop earrings and a diamond cuff bracelet with that stunning Jason Wu gown to all the inauguration festivities (which seems like a lifetime ago).
We all know by now that Jason Wu is the designer of Michelle Obama’s elegant Inaugural gown. He’s been interviewed by every news outlet, and will surely get a huge boost when his line debuts at Fashion Week next month. But what about the jewelry?
I’ve confirmed that – yet again – Michelle Obama chose designer to the stars, Loree Rodkin, for her diamond statement last night. The shoulder-length danglers are Rodkin’s white gold and triple rose-cut diamond earrings with garland diamond briolette drops.
So who is this diamond diva that has a virtual ice monopoly on the First Lady? Rodkin is an American designer who attracts a clientele that is strong, hard-working, feminine, independent, fearless and outspoken, according to a press release. She bedecked funky Oscar-winning writer, Diablo Cody, for the Oscars, as an example.
Mrs. Obama was introduced to the jewelry brand through Chicago’s premier luxury boutique Ikram, where she has been a longstanding client.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of history. Today the country has new hope,” Loree Rodkin gushed. “The First Lady is a symbol of hope, courage and great style. I am honored that she has chosen my jewelry. Words cannot describe the emotions I feel that Michelle Obama has allowed me to be a part of this glorious moment.”
“For three years I have ended all of my emails with, ‘CHANGE is the only constant’, it’s fitting my designs are now associated with First Lady, Michelle Obama.”
If you want a little Rodkin of your own, her collection is available nationwide at Neiman Marcus and at specialty stores in Hong Kong, France, Italy, Russia, London, Greece, Switzerland, St. Barts and free standing Loree Rodkin boutiques in Japan.
All eyes are going to be on the Obamas tomorrow, and in honor of the monumental occasion, I’ve taken a vow against ‘snarky” until after the Inauguration. Of course, there’s nothing like a good honest recounting of the fashion facts, right?
We’ve been waiting for months to see what the Divine Mrs. O will grace us with during the monumental festivities, and so far…well…so good.
Narcisco Rodriguez seems to be the belle of the ball in the fashion designer race to become the next “Oscar de la Renta” to the nation’s First Lady.
Mrs. O was bedecked in a camel and black N-Ro skirt and coat at the “We Are One” concert” on Sunday, and she accented the ensemble with something borrowed – namely a $17,000 pair of diamond earrings from designer, Loree Rodkin.
Both designers dressed the First Lady-Elect on Election Night, but will they win the golden Inaugural Ball ticket? Stay tuned….
In the meantime, waste time before you stream the Inauguration ceremony at work tomorrow taking the New York Times First Lady Fashion Quiz. I got 12 out of 15 – not too shabby for a jewelry hound, I suppose. I’m a little rusty on my Mamie Eisenhower trivia..
Michelle Obama’s Election Night Narciso Rodriguez dress got so much attention, many forgot to inquire about her jewelry. But Jewelry Insider readers were curious – as every good jewelry hound should be – so I tracked down the source of the icey earrings that glittered around the world last week.
The diamond danglers were desinged by chic jewelry label, Loree Rodkin, and Vogue UK reports they are 18K white gold triple dangle earrings in pear, oval and marquee shapes covered with small diamonds, costing an estimated $10,000.
Does this mean that the jewels were a one-time splurge for the frugal First Lady? Or is this a sign of blings to come?