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


10 Responses

    artist_w_a_good_i says:

    I know what you mean! I guess that is why I love watching what “Bones” wears, too.

    Anonymous says:

    Marthe – you MUST join the JewelCrew on Twitter – stylists, designers, writers, industry folks who all get together around a hashtag (Sunday will be #oscarjewelry) and we tweet the RedCarpet Arrivals.

    Check out the banter from the Grammy’s: http://tweetchat.com/room/grammyjewelry

    Robyn Hawk

    Gavin says:

    I’ve been paying attention to Mona’s neckpiece’s as well! She already exudes authority, but somehow the addition of the jewels gives her an aura of otherworldly power, as if a laser beam is going to shoot out of a bead and strike you down if you don’t listen to her every word. So I try to listen.

    Sheryll says:

    Marthe, thank you so much for posting this. The last time ‘the stars’ stopped wearing jewelry, one very prominent and beloved bead store had to shut down one of their two locations. People all too often look to the stars to learn what is trendy and sought after, rather than developing their own jewelry style. Mona Eltahawy is a shining light in many ways and her jewelry is inspiring. She chooses pieces that suit her personality, physique, and wardrobe. Now I’m inspired to get back to my workroom! Thanks again.

    MLE says:

    I love Azza Fahmy pieces

    Nancy Lou says:

    This is fantastic! New nothing about Mona or Azza Fahmy’s amazing work. Thank you for enlightening me.

    Carol Dean Sharpe says:

    Her wonderful jewelry has caught my eye these last few weeks as well. Congratulations on an excellent choice for your prestigious Ambassador of Jewelry award!

    Kbackstein says:

    Bravo, Marthe! My friends and I constantly comment on the lack of jewelry worn by celebrities at awards shows. They just don’t look polished. There’s no need to be ostentatious, but really, why not an elegant necklace and bracelet? (And don’t get me started on the “nude lipstick” trend.)

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