Say what you will about Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, but I’ve seen every single season since its debut in 2008, and one of the biggest reasons I keep tuning in is because of the fashion and jewelry.
The latter has always had a role in the series, glimmering in the background, or front and center in one of the confessional interviews. Former cast member Jill Zarin was into Chopard. Bethenny Frankel is a fan of designer Kristen Farrell. Ramona Singer owned a jewelry company with her former husband and had a jewelry line on QVC for a while there.
Meanwhile, Countess Luann de Lesseps, the undisputed hero of season 10, has favored a certain squash blossom necklace over the years (but she’s probably done with yellow diamonds—not really a spoiler at this point, but just in case, I’ll say no more).
As a committed RHONY fan, I took immediate interest in de Lesseps’ new partnership with New York–based jewelry retailer SuperJeweler, which encompasses 42 statement fashion jewelry necklaces and a curated assortment of more than 50 mega-carat diamond pieces, plus a few fun, layerable gold-plated necklaces bearing the countess’s most memorable catchprases, from “Money can’t buy you class” to “eggs à la Francaise” (my personal favorite).
“My inspiration for the collection is my passion for statement necklaces and the popularity of my pieces worn in my cabaret show,” says de Lesseps, whose Countess and Friends show was such a hit here in New York that it’s now touring nationally. “I wanted to incorporate a variety of stones, metals, and intricate details to make sure each piece could easily transition from day to night. Creating the collection was a dream come true. It’s cabaret for every day.”
“Luann is fantastic in the design process and is an amazing curator/shopper,” says SuperJeweler president Andrew Fox. “She has wonderful, elegant taste and has done an amazing job working with us to create designs that speak to her and her audience, and fashionable women in general.”
The fashion jewelry, known on the SuperJeweler website as the Countess collection, was codesigned by de Lesseps and SuperJeweler’s Beth Wesalo. (According to Fox, the two women met through a social connection, really hit it off, and soon after began developing ideas for a collaboration.)
SuperJeweler’s parent company, Hansa Diamonds, recently stepped away from its private-label fashion jewelry business but has decided to relaunch it on a direct-to-consumer platform, with de Lesseps as the face of the first collection. “We choose our relationships carefully. Luann is so pleasant and consistent and has become a great friend.”
And whether you’re attending the most louche and decadent of Friendsgivings tomorrow or looking ahead to the season’s holiday parties, may I suggest…
Top: Luann de Lesseps models the Metallic Floral Statement necklace from her collection with SuperJeweler.
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