Fashion Facets

Diamonds and Pearls Walk the Runway At the spring/summer 2000 ready-to-wear shows last fall in New York, several leading fashion designers chose real jewelry to accent their new collections. Among the more dramatic pieces were rings combining Tahitian pearls and colored resins, wire and pearl necklaces, diamond masks, a diamond belly chain, and a pair of shoulder-brushing diamond dangle earrings. Designer Alexander McQueen featured several pieces from the De Beers Diamonds-International Awards 2000 collection, including face masks and several diamond necklaces and pins. This was the first preview of winners from the prestigious competition. The design duo Badgley Mischka, famous for their eveningwear, selected more than $1 million worth of diamond jewelry from Fred Leighton, most notably a pair of “dripping” diamond earrings that almost reached the model's shoulders. Eveningwea

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