Joining Heidi Klum as a model-turned-reality show host-turned-jewelry designer, Top Chef’s, Padma Lakshmi, is launching a line of fine jewelry, which is inspired by (big surprise) cooking ingredients.
“It’s inspired by things like seeds and pods, like cardamom, lentils and cloves,” the Indian-born Lakshmi told WWD.
“I wanted jewelry that isn’t big or grand. I wanted to make something with an exotic lilt and a nod to my background.”
Called “Padma”, the day to night collection consists of more than 50 styles of 10-karat and 14-karat gold jewelry, including necklaces, rings and cuffs. There are delicate bracelets with citrine briolettes, four-row gold cuffs with charms, and dangling gold earrings reminiscent of that delicate culinary carnage – a fish bone. Other details echo Lakshmi’s Indian heritage.
If you want to ‘pack up your knives’ and order a Padma piece for your jewelry box, the line will hit Bergdorf Goodman in May with prices ranging from $375 to $6,600.
In the meantime, it’s getting down to the wire for this season’s Top Chef hopefuls in New York. Catch the series on Bravo! and regale in Padma’s signature look of disdain.