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Judge the Jewels: Mary J. Blige Is a Disco Angel in White and Silver at the BET Awards

These earrings brought freshness and a welcome surprise to the overall look.





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The sighting: R&B legend Mary J. Blige blessed the 2022 BET Awards with her luminous presence. Often referred to as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige wore an ethereal outfit with plenty of sparkle.

The jewels: Blige accessorized her white gown with an armful of diamond bracelets and rings by Pristine Jewelers, according to Instagram tags from the artist and her stylist. The bracelets and rings are glamorous, with a series of diamond bangles and two sizable diamond cocktail rings, but nothing about them is especially unusual.

What stood out to me was the earrings. Made by Mara Pairs, these earrings consist of two dangling, wavy silver oblong shapes, one suspending the other. They look like a larger version of the designer’s Small Eucalyptus earrings, a sterling silver style currently listed on the Mara Paris website for $407.


The trends: These earrings caught my eye because firstly, they’re cool, and secondly, they defy a major trend. Gold has been far and away the most popular metal in recent years, but the choice of silver for these earrings makes me want to go polish my sterling statement earrings immediately. I could easily see myself wearing a similar pair with a cute dress for an instant summer cocktail ensemble.

There’s also a notable disco vibe here. The 1970s style has been influencing current trends for a minute, but I think that full on disco is just starting to gain traction and we’ll see more of it before it’s done.

What do we think? I love this earring choice. One would have expected Mary J Blige to choose glamorous diamond dangles to go with this gown and the rest of her jewelry, but choosing these cool wavy silver discs instead brought freshness and a welcome surprise to the overall look.

The earrings are almost a note of discord, but instead of feeling out of place, they elevate the rest of the outfit and keep it from feeling stilted.

Judgement: 13/10 for extremely cool earrings worn in an unexpected way.

What do YOU think?

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.



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