Should Lawyers Tone Down Their Bling?

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on December 03, 2015 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Are your diamonds and pearls a bit too showy for the court room? Does your gold watch and designer suit bling too brightly for that criminal deposition? If you're leaning towards, "yeah, I guess," then you're not alone.

The newest lawyer fashion trend is to hide the glitz and gold -- and it's being led by Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer who landed George Clooney. She's looking to downsize her $750,00 engagement ring, worried that it will clash with her more serious case work.

Glitz, Glamour, and Human Rights Law

First things first, Amal Clooney's reputation as a serious lawyer and advocate for the oppressed is well earned. She's fought for imprisoned journalists in Egypt, investigated violations of the rule of war in the Israel-Gaza conflict, and represented Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Her current work includes advocating for recognition of the Armenian Genocide, in which up to 1.5 million people were killed.

But the giant rock on her ring finger might distract from some of that advocacy. According to the Mirror, brought to our attention via Above the Law, Clooney is looking for a new engagement ring, because her current one is "too bling for human rights work." As the Mirror explains:

The human rights lawyer, 37, has been shopping in posh jewelers Cartier for a platinum band which will replace her emerald cut diamond ring when she is working on serious court cases.

She's looking for "something simpler for her big cases."

Will Amal Start a Trend?

To be fair, we don't know of many lawyers who wear rings valued just shy of $1 million dollars, particularly not underpaid public interest lawyers. (Underpaid but happy!) But we have seen a showy lawyer or two in our time. Will Amal's search for a simpler, subtler bling inspire others to pare back as well?

We have our doubts. After all, it's the rare lawyer who has massive diamond dropped on her by a Hollywood super star. Lawyers who prefer a softer approach will already be taking it. The rest of them -- attorneys with their flashy sports cars, designer suits, and reams of pearls -- we expect to continue wearing their bling as a badge of honor.

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