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Move over Golden Globes. January’s most influential fashion event was the inauguration. First lady Michelle Obama accessorized her yellow coat and dress ensemble by Isabel Toledo for the swearing-in ceremony with diamond studs.

At the inaugural balls, she wore elegant diamond linear earrings and stacked diamond bangle bracelets by Loree Rodkin with her creamy one shoulder dress by Jason Wu. The night before at the “We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial, she also wore earrings by Loree Rodkin—diamond Quatrefoil chandeliers with lotus earwire and black diamond centers.

“By choosing to wear a pair of classic diamond linear earrings and diamond bangle bracelets, Michelle Obama has defined her own take on a timeless and enduring diamond look in a way that is destined to become iconic in fashion history,” says Sally Morrison, director of the Diamond Information Center. “This look is absolutely her own, simultaneously modern in a way that will be emulated by women around the world today but so timeless that it may very well one day be worn by her own daughters.”

As we reported in the January issue of Modern Jeweler (“Inaugural Jewels,” page 50), Obama wore Loree Rodkin dangle earrings on election night, too. Looks like we don’t just have a trend-setting first lady who loves diamond jewelry and wears it well. Looks like we have a new first jeweler, too.





First lady Michelle Obama
First lady Michelle Obama at the inauguration ceremony and the inauguration ball.