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Inside the Posh and Air-Conditioned Padma by Padma Lakshmi Sale

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Because everybody is a multi-hyphenate these days, Top Chef judge/cookbook author/model/indoor-swing enthusiast Padma Lakshmi also has a line of fine jewelry called Padma by Padma Lakshmi, which kicked off a sale earlier today. Taking over a fancy suite in the Upper East Side Surrey Hotel, the sale offers 50% to 70% off of ethnic and even foodie-influenced baubles, which are usually sold through Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

For those who don't follow Padma's non-Top Chef (and non-tabloid) endeavors, her line usually retails between $300-ish to upwards of $6000, so we're not talking throwaway costume jewelry here. But if you're looking for discount on investment pieces (or just want to feel that much closer to Padma, especially in a swanky air-conditioned hotel room), this sale is for you.

Top Chef fans and Padma stalkers may notice a beautiful pyrite and garnet bib necklace that the host wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards when Top Chef scored an upset win for the Outstanding Reality Competition Program. The statement piece features 18K gold beading and a nine-stone amulet charm that apparently harnesses your chakra. It'll also set you back $2000 (from the original price of $5000). Food fanatics will also notice little culinary-infused pieces like a lariat made of little gold bean-shapes and black garnet ($1600 from $5500) and a pair of oxidized sterling silver earrings resembling dried chili peppers ($1145).

No, the sale isn't cheap—overall the pieces range from about $105 to $3500. But remember, they are made of solid gold (from 10K to 18K), sterling silver, and precious and semi-precious stones. There are a few options at the more affordable end of the scale, such as delicate pinkie rings ranging from $105 for a gold piece with a charm of leaves to $200 for one decorated with colorful stones.

The sale is located in suite 701, so take the elevators to the seventh floor. The staffers are very put-together and friendly and of course there is an intimidating security guard on hand to keep an eye out for sticky fingers. Both cash (!) and credit are accepted, except for American Express. A staffer indicated that they may lower prices on Thursday. And sadly no, Padma will not be stopping by because she's out of town.
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· Padma by Padma Lakshmi [Official Site]

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