NZ jeweller enjoys the Ardern effect
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On her trip to Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting, Jacinda Ardern caused a fashion stir when she wore a Maori cloak to dinner at Buckingham Palace – but now it seems her fanclub is even paying attention to the PM’s accessories.
At the royal banquet where she gave a toast, she was snapped wearing Kiwi jeweller Meadowlark’s gold leaf-like design Vita Earrings – valued at a cool $3079 – and at other meetings she wore the company’s Vita Drop Earrings, which feature a pearl dangling from a gold fan and cost more than $1300.
And a spokesperson from the company said Ardern’s royal engagements had led to a spike in their sales.
‘‘Any time Meadowlark is worn by a strong female role model, or a leader in her field, is a special day for us,’’ she said.
The official Royal Family Twitter account tweeted four photos of Ardern during the meetings, the most photos of any leader at the diplomatic forum, and two more than her British counterpart Theresa May.
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