The one problem with gold jewelry from India is that the gold is heavy and can stretch your earlobes. At age 23 I noticed my piercings in my ears were getting a little too big, so I panicked and had to give them a rest, save for parties and the occasional pooja. A stretched out earlobe is only slightly less unseemly as stretched out other things, in my humble opinion. Yuck!!
On very rare occasions, I get loaned or given something really special because I am on television. I don't have a publicist or stylist, so often times it's just kind of a random nice person who likes me. One of these random nice people is one my best friends from college, Johnny Lee. Johnny was the head of our campus hip-hop troupe and was this compact, gorgeous little Korean guy who wore, like, Paper Denim, but this was like 1999. I wish I had a picture because he has these ridiculous arms made out of ropey muscle and all the drama-y gay guys on campus would like be crying about him all the time.
Johnny's going to business school out here, but for a few years worked at Ippolita, the dopest jewelry designer. I could never afford this stuff on my own but Johnny has lent me gorgeous stuff for awards shows and stuff.
Look how gorgeous this ring is. It's got the stacked-ring allure to it, but is grown-up because of the tiny sparkly diamonds on it. What a great piece to have in your collection.
Here's me wearing the gold and pearl earrings as pictured:
I look really dorky but I wanted you to be able to see the earrings and not my gorgeous face (for once).
Even better is that Ippolita does pearl jewelry too (my birthstone, ahem) but uses them in totally cool new ways, so it's just your typical preppy pearl necklace type of stuff. She does really cool stuff to pearls, like flattening them into discs and tear-drop shaped pieces with have the coolest opalescent sheen to them.
For: girls who want classic pieces, like bangles or earrings, but with a twist.
Price: $375 - $2000+ (Ippolita is a great place to find your girlfriend's engagement ring, if she's not into Van Cleef & Arpels or Zales or whatever. Also great for graduation presents for your little sister or birthday presents for your mom, girlfriend or sister on big bdays, like 18th, 30th or 50th. You honestly can't go wrong buying bling from Ippolita).
available at: ippolita.com and neimanmarcus.com