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While Beyoncé may have stirred speculation as to whether she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” live or not on Inauguration Day, one thing is for certain — the baubles Michelle Obama donned later that evening were as authentic and dazzling as they come.

Instantly iconic, the custom pieces included a diamond and gold halter ring designed by acclaimed jeweler Kimberly McDonald in collaboration with Jason Wu — who, as with the 2009 Inaugural Ball, dressed the First Lady, this time in a stunning ruby gown. Mrs. Obama aimed for high-wattage accessorizing with some serious sparklers, all designed by McDonald — including Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark diamond bangles and diamond “Geode Outline” earrings and bangles. McDonald’s pieces are bespoke, statement-making and powerful with a refined charge of beauty — much like Mrs. Obama herself.

The First Lady, a true champion of tony all-American style with an edge, has exhibited incredibly savvy sartorial chops in the past, mixing everything from J. Crew to Isabel Toledo with aplomb. Last Monday, she showed an extraordinary instinct for styling herself in evening wear and elegant yet intriguing pieces that will stand the test of time — not to mention look spectacular in the history books.

Here’s to another four years of great style.

For more information on jewelry by Kimberly McDonald, please visit www.kimberlymcdonald.com.

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