Model, TV personality, author, and food connoisseur, Padma Lakshmi has just debuted her fine jewelry collection entitled, PADMA.
Born in India, but raised between both India and the US, Lakshmi has
lived in France, Spain, and spent much of her 20s in Italy, influencing
her jewelry collection and making it as eclectic as her life.
Padma explains, I love the rich heritage and beauty of traditional
Indian jewelry, but I wanted something more modern and delicate. I also
wanted to create something that women would love to wear everyday;
pieces that work with jeans and cocktail dresses, jewelry that
highlights the myriad sides of a woman's personality without upstaging
The collection bridges the gap between East and West, as well as Padma's love of both fashion and food.
For me, whether it's food or fashion, it's about taste; about curating
the best of what I've hunted and gathered from around the world to
create something beautiful for the senses, says Padma.
The collection features delicate details inspired by staples of Indian
cuisine: seeds and pods, such as cardamom, lentils, and cloves.
In hunting for the most precious spices, I found the shapes of seeds
and pods exquisite, a purity of proportion and form that had an
inherent sensuality to them, says Padma.
In the collection Padma borrows from her native culture, introducing a
hand piece that is as wearable as it is a great conversation starter.
The collection also has a mini-collection, entitled The Nav, based on
the ancient Hindu philosophy of balancing a person's life force (prana
or chi) by wearing a collection of nine specific stones (the navaratna)
that represent and harness the energies of nine planets to the greatest
Amongst other unique offerings in the collection is the front
to back necklace. Designed to cascade down the back, as well as the
front, the piece fulfills the designer's philosophy of enhancing the
PADMA debuts this month at Bergdorf Goodman, New York. The
exquisite collection of cuffs, necklaces, and rings, range from