Awards shows are one of the few things winter has going for it. (In case you are interested, the other things are soup, down blankets, and sheepskin slippers.) I confess to installing myself on Cocoa the couch and making a day of each event…the Red Carpet shows, the Countdown to the Red Carpet shows, the Countdown to the Countdown to the Red Carpet shows…you get the drift.

Each year my glass-half-full self hopes someone at one of these fetes will be wearing some interesting jewelry. Or at the very least, a necklace (see above). Really, all those low-cut gowns with no necklace? Pathetic! Before I veer off into a tiresome rant, let me jump to the very bright side of this blog.

I have found one shining beacon of jewelry fabulous-ness who has recently been all over my television screen. She wasn’t at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, or the Grammys. Rather, her beautifully accessorized person has been a guest on nearly all of the news shows across the cable spectrum, providing background and context for the political uprising and overthrow in Egypt.

Her name is Mona Eltahawy. She is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. And she is the first-ever recipient of my just-made-up Ambassador of Jewelry award. Even though there is no ceremony or trophy or gala for this accomplishment (yet!), I feel moved to draw attention to Mona’s elegant and effective personal style, and how her jewelry works for her to attract her audience, emphasize her remarks, and reflect her strength. Thank you Mona for warming up my winter, rescuing my awards season, and fearlessly working the power of jewelry!

All pieces worn by Mona Eltahawy were created by Azza Fahmy, an Egyptian master silversmith and goldsmith. Please visit her website to see more of her wonderful jewelry.

Mosaic Mona Eltahawy


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