Photo Find: Textured Treasure

From time to time, I come across a photo of an individual styled so beautifully with jewelry that the photo deserves comment and another admiring look.


This post’s photo comes from the April 6, 2009 issue of People magazine, featuring singer and actress Jill Scott, whose lead role in HBO’s new series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” places her among TV’s newest breakout stars. I found the pilot episode of the series, which is set in Botswana, and Scott’s character, Precious Ramotswe, utterly charming.


     [Scott styled for her television role]


In the magazine photo, Scott has a much more sultry look than that of her persona in the show, with her hands emphasizing the volume of her thick, curly locks. To balance and complement her hair, she wears five chains of similar millimeter size but varying lengths and differing colors, the darkest of which plays off a single strand of textured hair falling across her face. Five chains provide balance to her proportions, and the combination of colors and shapes is interesting and appealing. 


     [Scott’s style in People magazine]


Notice that her large but very narrow hoop earrings take a back seat to the necklaces and her hair, adding a finishing touch that polishes her look but doesn’t compete with the more dominant accessories.


A woman’s hair is often her crowning glory. If she likes to bring attention to her hair, emphasizing its color, texture, or length with jewelry that repeats the design element can be a highly effective way to flatter the woman.


In a side note, on the HBO web site is posted an interview with Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the book upon which the new series is based. Smith relates how he fell in love with Botswana and discusses the beneficial role diamonds have played in the country. It’s well worth a read. Enjoy, and look forward with me to more episodes of this delightful new series.