The Jewelry Insider

July 23, 2009

From health care reform to rising unemployment and stimulus dough, there are a lot of issues out there for us all to ponder these days. But I’ve got one pressing question that’s been keeping me up nights.

How many friggin’ celebrity jewelry lines do we need, people?

I mean really. There are the success stories like Nicole Richie’s boho chic House of Harlow line and Paula Abdul’s HSN juggernaut. But do we really need D-listers like Christie Brinkley, Gladys Knight, New York Housewife, Kelly Bensimon and Heidi Montag’s sister joining the ranks?


Now news of singer, Lily Allen’s, new line is hitting the newswires and frankly? I could care less. You had me at Padma Lakshmi and jumped the shark at Tori Spelling, folks.

Do we really need the same old gold charm necklace you can get at any department store marked up an additional 40% because a singer with one big hit and a history of public drunkenness has her name on it?

I think I can live a full life never knowing or caring that Holly Montag gets to put her name on some gold chains simply because she ‘has always loved jewelry’, according to MTV. As if loving jewelry and having the same genetic makeup of a pathetic reality TV star are the only qualifications for for launching a bauble line.

Correct me if I’m wrong. Maybe I’m being too harsh? I suppose there is room for everyone to peddle their wares out there. But I’m wondering if I’m the only one who has had my fill? What do you guys think?

Have you ever bought a piece from a celebrity jewelry line? Share your stories!

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  1. The Jewelry Addict

    For the most part I agree with you. However, I vehemently disagree with you lumping Christie Brinkley in a class of “D-listers”. Her background and schooling in Paris for art prior to her modeling career as well as her cover work of Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” cover album is well-known. She truly is talented in that regard in my opinion.

  2. Anonymous

    since America, and a few other “rich” countries, can afford to indulge our obsessions with frivolous interests, of course we will wonder what celebrities indulge in, can afford, borrow for award shows, etc… but the fact remains that every time an individual can have a truly individual experience with a scarf, a necklace, or a bracelet, that we’ve never seen displayed in a store or on a celebrity, that’s when the power and sentimentality of jewelry and individual style prevails

  3. Jewelry Insider

    Ok. I’ll move Christie Brinkley to the B- list, Jewelry Addict. Good point. And you’re right, Anonymous. There is nothing like the power of a fashion connection you make on your own – not because someone famous told you to. Kindof like those Dior skull rings that are keeping me up nights. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Yes, it appears everyone wants to jump on the wagon whether they have any talent on not. Usually the latter. Everybody seems to be out there to make a dollar and for some reason they think a jewellery line is the way to do it!

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