First Lady Michelle Obama earned rave reviews on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. While political pundits of all persuasions swooned over the First Lady's speech, fashion experts gave her two thumbs up for her "knock-out" pink ensemble punctuated with moonstone-and-diamond earrings.
According to Nielsen, 26.2 million viewers watched Mrs. Obama's speech and thousands more shared their own opinions on Twitter. According to CBS, Twitter was generating 28,003 tweets per minute by the end of the First Lady's speech – a speech that earned her a standing ovation.
While the news media offered kudos for the way she framed her arguments calling for President Barack Obama's reelection, celebrity and fashion publications were enamored with the First Lady's pink floral sheath dress designed by Tracy Reese and coordinated with J. Crew suede pumps and concrete-colored nails.
These media outlets also took notice of Mrs. Obama's moonstone-and-diamond earrings by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. The dangly earrings were clearly visible to a national TV audience, as well as an arena full of conventioneers, who got to see them on the massive video screens behind the stage.
According to JCK Magazine, McDonald is known for her use of natural, untreated gemstones, such as agates, geodes and baroque pearls, that are offset by diamonds in organic designs.
“Mrs. Obama’s support of American designers is something to applaud,” McDonald told JCK. “People are drawn to her from both the political and fashion worlds because she embodies a genuineness, which is rare."