By Michelle Graff
michelle.graff@nationaljeweler.com
Being as much stars as the competitors themselves, the judges on reality shows such as American Idol and Dancing With the Stars are rarely at a loss when it comes to spectacular jewelry. But I was particularly impressed with pieces that Paula Abdul and
Carrie Ann Inaba wore on the finales of their respective shows.




Carrie Ann Inaba_Dancing with the Stars Season Finale May 09_Christian Tse    Paula Abdul_Smiles 2




I’m a fan of oversized, oddly shaped knuckledusters, and Abdul and Inaba donned just that from Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Christian Tse.
441 TCR Christian Tse Squre ring




For Idol’s May 19 episode, Abdul wore this square Asian-motif ring featuring a 22.06-carat emerald center stone and 4.2 carats of pave diamonds set in 18-karat white gold and blackened rhodium.
Christian Tse Octopus Ring
And on the same night, Inaba saved the best for last, wearing this stunning octopus ring to Dancing’s finale. Now I’m afraid of cephalopods like no other, but platinum versions featuring 5 carats of pave diamonds are fine by me. I’m raising my scorecard with a 10.




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