JCK Asks…Loree Rodkin

She used to book bands. Now she designs them.All designers undoubtedly get a thrill seeing celebrities show off their pieces at the Oscars, the Emmys, or any other affair where Ryan Seacrest is asking “What are you wearing?” But Loree Rodkin scored the ultimate red-carpet moment in 2009 when Michelle Obama hit all the inaugural balls in a custom-made white gold and diamond signet ring, bangles, and 61 ct. shoulder-duster earrings. “When they called me, I asked them if they had the right jeweler,” the designer said of the owners of Ikram, the upscale Chicago boutique where Mrs. Obama first spotted Rodkin’s work. Rodkin did, after all, create the Bondage ring. Curious? So were we. Age: 62Number of years in the biz: 23 Number of employees you oversee: 28Family/pets: Mother, sister, and a hamsterDescribe your personal style: Fashion-forward with a rock-and-roll edgeFirst piece you

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