By Russ Lay on October 14, 2012
Michael O’Connor, host of Movie Styleon the REELZ channel, treats Hollywood stars and starlets to millions of dollars of jewelry to view and select from as they plan their red carpet attire.
On Sept. 20 and 21, with The Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies just days away, he thrilled his many celebrity guests with a spectacular array of top designers’ jewels, including pieces designed and made by Gail Kowalski of Jewelry by Gail in Nags Head.
During broadcast interviews and print publicity, he touted the special beauty of Kowalski’s design.
O’Connor repeatedly pointed out the originality of her hand-made treasures as well as her use of color, so popular in current celebrity-worn jewels.
Celebrities thrilled at the opportunity to wear the beautiful choices displayed before them.
Kate Flannery of the television series The Office expressed delight as she tried on a pair of Gail’s vine-tendril drop pearl earrings.
Kearran Giovanni of the series Major Crimes was a vision of beauty in a Kowalski necklace, including a gold neckpiece named “Ribbon Collar”, and a pendant of gold embracing a myriad of bright pink Cobalto Calcite crystals.
GCB star Marisa Nichols was enchanted by Kowalski’s Princess of the Sea Amethyst Earrings wrapped up in a white gold “vine tendril seaweed” design.
Other stars captivated by Jewelry by Gail design included Matthew Fahey of MTV’s Awkward, Hanna Cornett of CBS’s Hawaii Five-O, and Jennifer Aspen of ABC’s GCB.
This latest accolade adds to an extensive list of honors Kowalski has achieved.
In addition to her pair of Johnson Matthey Platinum Awards for Excellence in Platinum Design, she was a winner of a Debeers Diamonds Today award, a finalist in a Diamonds International competition, a participant in World Gold Council selections for an international fashion show in Basel, Switzerland, and a winner of numerous Platinum Guild International honors and awards showcasing her designs in New York and Hollywood.
In 2011 her original designs appeared at both the 2011 Academy Awards Style Lab/AGTA jewelry suite as well as the Emmy’s AGTA/Style Lab jewelry suite where both Andrea Osvart of The Transporter and Stacey Tookey of So You Think You Can Dance were photographed wearing her designs.
In January, Gail’s work was once again in Hollywood, with Julie Benz and Maria Sansone captivated as they posed at the 2012 Golden Globes Style Labs.
Celebrities owning Kowalski designs include Minnie Driver, Vanessa Williams, Nicollette Sheridan, Angela Kinsey, and Michael O’Connor.
Kowalski is a native of Pittsburgh, and a thirty-five year resident of the Outer Banks.
Her studio and shop Jewelry by Gail, Inc. is located in Gallery Row in Nags Head, or check out her website, jewelrybygail.com.