Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Lady's Jewels Are Smithsonian Bound

Next March, the pieces that the First Lady wore for the inaugural balls will be installed in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., along with Obama's Jason Wu inaugural gown.

First Lady Michelle Obama choose Loree Rodkin's designs for the inaugural balls, where she wore 61-carat white gold and rose-cut diamond earrings with garland drops, a 13-carat diamond cocktail ring and a wrist full of diamond bangles.

The First Lady it turns out, Obama was familiar with Rodkin's work from Ikram, her favorite boutique in Chicago. "They told me not to go as far as I usually go," the designer says. "And gave me possible colors and necklines."