Tabloid jewelers?

October 21, 2008

It seems that more and more celebrities are releasing jewelry lines every day. I worked with Heidi Klum on her line for about a year, and now the same company that produces her jewelry–Mouawad–is partnering with Nicole Richie on a collection called House of Harlow 1960. Targeted at ladies ranging from their teens to their 30s, the fashion jewelry ranges in price from $30 to $150.

Bohemian in style, the pieces feature leather, fabric, silk strings, chains, feathers, rivets and gold-plated metal. She posed above for this month’s InStyle in some of her jewels, including the huge African-inspired ring above.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are partnering with a big name in jewelry for their just-released collection: Robert Lee Morris. This line (pieces above) was made to go along with their Elizabeth and James fashion line, and prices range from $65 to $700. I recently interviewed the ladies themselves at Robert’s studio for a magazine (I’ll post that story when it comes out!), and their pieces definitely have the bold, tribal vibe of much of Robert’s designs. I particularly liked their sculptural cuffs, spiked necklaces (below) and bronze patina.

I’m glad that these women are partnering with experienced brands on their debut collections–it makes me think that they are respecting the craft and not just relying on random outsourcing. I also know that MK and Ashley are working directly with Robert on their pieces; it is in no way a collaboration just for show.

What do you think about this celebrity jewelry trend?

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