Jewelry lover and Top Chef
host Padma Lakshmi launches her own line.What prompted you to add jewelry designer to your resume?
I wanted jewelry that was pretty and feminine but didn't look ostentatious. My statement pieces don't look good on TV because they fill the small screen, so I wanted to do a line that was very wearableeverything I found in the marketplace was too ethnic or too big. I began to take my mother's old pieces and have simpler, more modern versions made.
Gold double-row hoop earrings with tricolor sapphire briolettes, Padma, $1,965. Gold front-to-back tiered pod necklace (20"), Padma, $3,975. Gold long pod necklace (42"), Padma, $2,385; visit padmalakshmi.com