Melania Trump's Sparkling Success
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
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|Marquise-shape simulated diamond floral design necklace, Melania ($189).|
Melania Trump was a beautiful bride. Even now, nearly seven years after the statuesque Slovenian-born model wed real estate developer Donald Trump in an utterly lavish ceremony at his Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago, the memory is still fresh. Dressed in her haute couture Christian Dior by John Galliano gown and dripping in dramatic jewels fit for royalty, Trump made headlines even before the January 2005 wedding when she appeared on the cover of Vogue in all her bridal glory, just weeks before the nuptials. For many people, this was their official introduction to the woman who captured the American mogul’s heart.
Now comfortably settled into her roles as wife and mother to five-year-old son Barron, Trump is tapping into her creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit with a jewelry collection for QVC, the homeshopping empire headquartered in West Chester. Barely more than a year old, the namesake line has quickly become one of the network’s most successful. The range of accessories, from watches and rings to bracelets and earrings, capture classic but contemporary design elements with an occasional nod to the seasons: For her holiday collection, which debuted in November, Trump amps up the sparkle for special occasions. Elements of glamour can be found throughout each of its three city-centric lines—New York, Palm Beach, and Paris—all of which are inspired by Trump’s jet-setter lifestyle. As a true testament to just how personal the design process is for her, Trump even recreated the likeness of her 15-carat diamond engagement ring, a token of affection that reportedly cost $1.5 million, for the Paris line.
Like Trump, Elizabeth Gilly shares a passion for jewelry. With a bachelor’s in metalsmithing and jewelry (from Penn State) and a master’s in art history (from Temple), Gilly has been at Moore College of Art & Design since 2006, first as an adjunct faculty member and now as an outreach and public programs coordinator at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design. Gilly recently caught up with Trump to discuss the joys of jewelry design.
Photography by Douglas Friedman; Styling by Mia Morgan at Vanguard; Management Group
Hair by Moredechai Alvow; Makeup by Nicole Bryl