Michelle Obama Wears a Gold "VOTE" Necklace at the Democratic National Convention

As the former first lady delivered a powerful speech at the DNC, her jewelry conveyed a message too.

  • Michelle Obama delivered a powerful closing speech (opens in new tab) at 2020 Democratic National Convention where she denounced Trump, spoke highly of Joe Biden, and encouraged viewers to vote, either in-person or by mail.
  • As she delivered her virtual address, she wore a delicate gold necklace with pendants spelling out the word "VOTE." The jewelry is from the brand By Chari.

Michelle Obama sent hairs raising with her speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention tonight, but her choice of jewelry spoke volumes as well.

The former first lady wore a dainty gold necklace with four lettered pendants spelling "VOTE" as she addressed the country, closing out the first day of this year's convention on a powerful note. Though it was hard to focus on anything else besides Obama's straightforward takedown of Trump's presidency, or her 2020 definition of "going high," eagle-eyed viewers still noticed the messaging in her shimmery accessory.

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The New York Times' fashion critic Vanessa Friedman pointed out (opens in new tab) that the custom bauble is from the jewelry brand By Chari, a Black-owned business (opens in new tab) established by designer Chari Cuthbert in 2012. A version of Obama's design is available on the brand's website, featuring 14k gold and retailing for $315. She paired the piece with hoop earrings and a silky brown blouse by Nanushka (opens in new tab).

The former FLOTUS's calls to vote didn't end with her necklace. "We have got to vote like we did in 2008 and 2012," she said in her speech. "We've got to show up with the same level of passion and hope for Joe Biden. We've got to vote early, in person if we can. We've got to request our mail-in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately. And follow up to make sure they're received. And then make sure our friends and families do the same."

She also pointed out the importance of staying safe and comfortable if people decide to hit the polls in person. "We have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, pack a brown bag dinner, and maybe breakfast too, because we've got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to."

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