From the Primetime Emmy Awards: The Power of a Poignant Back Story Behind the Jewelry

As always, the Primetime Emmy Awards provided an opportunity for celebrities to wear some exquisite jewelry designs, as you can see in the photos collected by Jennifer Heebner for her blog this week.  In reading and hearing commentaries on the jewelry and a wide range of opinions from a wide range of sources, I am struck that one story seems to resonate with almost everyone.

Illustration:  Jane Lynch at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards.

That story stems from a comment that Jane Lynch, winner of the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, made on the red carpet when interviewed before the show:  She stated that she had borrowed the eye-catching diamond brooch that accented the shoulder of her beautiful one-shoulder Ali Rahimi gown from her sister-in-law. The collective reaction to her comment: An immediate warm and fuzzy feeling.

Illustration: The diamond brooch worn by Jane Lynch at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Jane Lynch is not only an extraordinary talent, but she is also one lucky woman, for the sister-in-law to which she referred is the sister-in-law of her wife and one of the co-owners of Doyle & Doyle, an antique, vintage and fine jewelry store in New York City, which also provided the diamond bracelet and diamond and pearl earrings Lynch wore to the Emmy Awards. Thank you for the detailed back story and  photo of the brooch from Fawnia Soo Hoo in  

A piece of jewelry can be beautiful in its own right and, chosen well, flatters the wearer and enhances the ensemble, too. When it also gives a glimpse into the wearer’s personal connections, it takes on a special poignancy. I’m sure there are many more jewels we see on the red carpet that have their own special and wonderful back stories. To all the red carpet hosts asking the questions and to all the celebrities wearing that beautiful jewelry:  I’d like to know not only the “what” but also the “why.” I hope that we will be treated to many more back stories.

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