102507: Mary J. Blige in London

Located just one mile away from Buckingham Palace, it comes as no surprise that the Mandarin Oriental was the hotel of choice for the reigning Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, during her late October 2007 stay in London. According to UK newspaper The Mirror, the singer mixed business with pleasure during her England excursion by shopping for diamonds when not attending meetings centered around her upcoming CD “Growing Pains.” The Grammy Award winner has an expert eye for ice, having worn a diamond-studded platinum bracelet, teardrop-shaped diamond chandelier earrings and a diamond and platinum necklace from jeweler Stephen Russell on December 7, 2003, the day Kendu Isaacs placed a diamond-adorned wedding band from Jacob & Co. on her finger.

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