By Michelle Graff

Yes, I know, the fashion magazines are heralding short, earlobe-hugging accoutrements, but I can't stop gawking (in a good way) at these shoulder-dusters that I Am Legend star Salli Richardson wore to the film's New York City premiere.

I don't have anything in my jewelry box that's halfway comparable with Richardson's rose-cut diamond pair from Amrapali of Jaipur, but I've been admiring elaborate, jewel-intensive earrings from afar, ever since, oh, two weeks ago, when I took a peek into a friend's wedding album from her four-ceremony celebration in Pakistan.

I must really be falling down the rabbit hole to jewelry obsession because I stared at the bejeweled gowns and rich gold earrings, looping and falling in a fan of rose-cut diamonds and colored gems—and so heavy they needed extra support from a chain that linked around the top of the ear—with a sense of wonder akin to viewing the Hope Diamond. (I realize this sounds ridiculous, but I kid you not, I am not exaggerating.)

After closing the album, I was left with a question: While Indian-inspired jewelry has easily floated into the ranks of fashion jewelry in the United States, do these elaborate pieces translate into the bridal business here as well? When was the last time you went to a wedding and the bride was adorned in more than a simple pair of drop earrings or a solitaire pendant at her neck?

It's a trend I'm crossing my fingers to see, and in the meantime, I'm going to take a page from Richardson's book and leave my pearl studs at home for my next night out.

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