Michelle Obama in Kimberly McDonald Jewelry at 2013 Inaugural Ball

What highlights a new hairdo better than diamond earrings?

On Jan. 21 at a little after 9 p.m. in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama finally revealed the gown that fashionistas around the world had been breathlessly awaiting: a ruby-red Jason Wu velvet and chiffon design. And completing her 2013 Inaugural Ball look: Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Not only were McDonald’s diamonds dangling from the FLOTUS’ ears and stacked up on her wrist, but they were also featured on her patriotic gown. Note the embellished diamond ring cinching the halter neckline.


Sketch of Michelle Obama’s custom Jason Wu ruby chiffon and velvet gown with handmade diamond embellished ring by Kimberly McDonald

By now you could certainly call Mrs. Obama a bona fide fan of McDonald’s designs. She’s worn her pieces on numerous occasions: the 2012 Democratic National Convention; at a 2012 U.K. state dinner; a 2011 Hollywood Joining Forces initiative; at a 2011 Operation Homefront ceremony… The list goes on.

Be sure to catch the February issue of JCK for an in-depth profile of the Los Angeles–based McDonald.

Kimberly McDonald irregular geode-outline earrings with natural yellow rose-cut diamonds

McDonald geode-outline bangles in white gold and diamond

McDonald for Forevermark diamond bangles

McDonald diamond bangle

Check out the look in action. What did you think of the First Lady’s style on Monday? Does she pull-off the bangs and bangles?