I love jewelry. Full stop. I love it so much that on a trip to Washington, DC, I ditched my poor husband promptly to rush off to the Smithsonian’s Harry Winston Gallery. Upon entering the gallery, I came face to face with the Hope Diamond. I walked towards this glittering and enormously perfect blue diamond, while shoving other tourists aside and stepping over small children so that I could get a better look. It was then when I was seized by security guards for slobbering all over the fantastical jewel’s display case and summarily thrown out into the street. Worth it!!
If it weren’t for my limited income, I think I would drape myself in all that glitters. I have an issue of Vogue, well-loved and terribly dog-eared, that outlined Victoire de Castellane’s rise to fame as Dior Joiallerie’s head designer. I had never quite seen jewelry like that before – semi-precious and precious stones highlighted in whimsical floral and natural motifs, or adornments completely inspired by pop culture. At the tender age of seventeen, I had become hooked on jewelry Elizabeth Taylor-style.
So, I sit here a “few years later” and a billion shy of being a billionaire, but I still love jewelry. What’s a girl on a budget to do? How about turn to the next best thing? Costume jewelry so fabulous you’d be hard-pressed to know the difference between it and the real thing.
Last Sunday, I went to the Al-Masani Royal Jewelry presentation and I was in seventh heaven. Model after beautiful model sauntered by showcasing Al-Masani’s glittering inaugural line. I have been invited to a ton of galas since I have started blogging and always wanted to get my bling on in addition to slipping into a head-turning gown. Looks like my dreams have come true. Al-Masani Royal Jewelry offers stunning pieces under $200 each modelled after famous jewelry designs.
Here are some shots from the Al-Masani Royal Jewelry presentation. Grab your sunglasses and try not to be blinded by the shine!
Interested in icing out your look? Place your orders through the Al-Masani Royal Jewelry website which will be launching this week. In the meantime, stay up-to-date by following the Al-Masani Royal Jewelry Facebook page and Instagram.