Padma pulls a Heidi
From National Jeweler.com
Top Chef's Padma cooks up jewelry line
January 29, 2009
New York--Padma Lakshmi, model, actress and host of the Bravo cooking contest show "Top Chef," is adding one more ingredient to her resume: jewelry designer.
Following in the footsteps of supermodel and "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum, Lakshmi's "Padma" line, consisting of delicate gold necklaces, cuffs, earrings, rings and bangle bracelets, is set to hit Bergdorf Goodman stores in May, according to the line's official Web site, PadmaLakshmi.com.
Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reports that the 10- and 14-karat gold pieces are priced between $375-$6,600, and that the Indian-born Lakshmi said cooking ingredients, combined with a dash of her Indian heritage, inspired the look of the line. Pieces include delicate arm cuffs with citrine briolettes, four-row gold cuffs with charms and dangling gold earrings that mimic a sight that is common in any kitchen--fish bones.
Other pieces in the collection include a calla lily charm ring and a handpiece with a ring attached to the chain bracelet.
The Padma line also includes a sub-collection called "Nav," a line based on the ancient Hindu philosophy of balancing a person's life force, known as parna or chi. Nav incorporates the nine essential stones needed to achieve this balance, including sapphires, diamonds and pearls into the collection, which includes colored gemstone bangles and dainty drop earrings featuring all nine navaratna stones.
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