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Behind the Baubles: Lacee Alexandra

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Inspired by the organic imperfection of nature and decay, Lacee Norris launched Lacee Alexandra, a jewelry collection that embraces these forms in a sophisticated, wearable way. Lacee’s artistic nature was apparent at a young age when she spent time in her grandmother’s studio painting miniatures. In 2008, she began studying fine art and design at California State University Long Beach and enrolled in her first jewelry making class on a whim, igniting a passion for what would eventually become her career. Lacee still resides in Long Beach, hand crafting her collection with sterling silver, 14k gold, black spinels and black diamonds. 

Lacee is offering B&B readers a 30% discount through April 29! Just use code BAUBLES at checkout!

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Shop It: Transitions Pendant, $360 // Treasured Pieces Lariat, $183 // Collected Crevice Necklace, $397 // Staggered Hoops, $350 // Eternal Stacker, $95 // Moments Band, $125 // Staggered Studs, $350 // Pieces of One Studs, $79

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Behind the Baubles: Karen Hsiang

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Beautiful, sensual curves are a hallmark of Karen Hsiang’s jewelry collection, so it wasn’t too surprising to learn she was a former dancer! Her delicate designs are meant to be worn everyday, but they’re even more breathtaking layered with other pieces from the line—or with pieces from your own jewelry box. Better yet, each item can be customized with the metal and stone choice to suit your style. 

Karen is offering a 30% discount to B&B readers through Christmas with code BKAB. I’m actually pretty eager to add a piece to my own collection and finally settled on the crevice ring (gold-plated, moonstone) after spending the better part of an hour winnowing down my choices! Tag me on Instagram (@bedknobsandbaubles) if you place an order, I’d love to see what you pick out! 

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Shop It: Silver Wrap Ring, $190 // Curved T-Bar Necklace, $225 // Silver 3 Pointer Earrings, $490 // Dainty Lariat, $75 // Crevice Ring, $140 // Silver Lateral Ring, $205 // Lateral Cuff, $315 

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Behind the Baubles: Samantha Wills

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Samantha Wills’ designs aren’t my usual style, which is exactly why I adore about this boho-meets-vintage-meets-glam line. Entirely self-taught, the native Australian has been called “Australia’s biggest export since Vegemite” and was named a “break out star” by The New York Times in 2011. Despite her rising star status, Samantha is still a down-to-earth gal. She remains the spokesperson for her brand, has a charming blog, and can’t resist salted caramel. What’s not to love? image

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Shop It: 3000 BC necklace, $385 // Be My Girl stud earrings, $85 // Hidden Parlour ring, $120 // Deep Sea Love bangle, $145 // Crystal Visions ring, $175 // Bardot Ring, $109 // Heart of Aries cuff, $175 // Sagittarius Skies earrings, wait list and my personal favorite!

All prices listed in AUD. 

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Behind the Baubles: Samantha Faye

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If you had been paying attention to Bauble Bar last month, you’ll remember the whimsical charm necklaces from Samantha Freedman’s jewelry line Samantha Faye. (Who can forget that pineapple? Swoon!) Samantha is a third-generation jeweler who left her career as a lawyer in 2011 to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, father, and now, brother. There are dozens of charming - and affordable - designs to choose from. 

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Shop It: Pig, $54 // Pineapple, $58 // Hippo, $54 // Lobster, $64 // Acorn, $58 // Anchor, $58

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Behind the Baubles: Elva Fields

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Emily Wheat Maynard, Designer, Elva Fields

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Designer Emily Wheat Maynard explored the relationship between Italian Renaissance and ancient Greek and Roman jewelry for her Masters thesis at The Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City. This passion for historic jewelry inspired Emily to take a semester at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan to acquire the skills necessary to launch Elva Fields Jewelry in 2003. Her line features vintage and antique finds that are reworked into stunning necklaces and earrings. 

Keep in touch with Emily on Twitter and Facebook!

Shop the Highlights: Wild Waves necklace // Around the Way necklace // Ocean Exploring necklace // Winning Lineage necklace // Soul Shines Through necklace // The Best in Yourself necklace

Congrats to Jillian of Cornflake Dreams for winning the Gerard Yosca necklace! I can’t wait to see how you style it! Thanks again to everyone for entering. Your support makes these giveaways possible. 

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Behind the Baubles: Loren Hope

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Created by Loren Barham, Loren Hope is a jewelry line best described as a modern - and colorful! - approach to vintage. An array of rhinestones, semi-precious stones and Czech glass embellish Loren’s hand-crafted designs. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite from her collection, but the darling sunburst studs in malachite top my list.

Shop the Highlights: Collette necklace // Sunburst studs // Leda bracelet // Clara earrings // Petra pendant

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Behind the Baubles: ASHA by ADM

Ashley Dodgen McCormick, CEO & Creative Director, ASHA

Ashley Dodgen McCormick started her line in 2005, pulling inspiration from her time living abroad in Florence and Paris while earning her art history degree from Georgetown University. Focusing on top-quality craftsmanship, the artistry of Ashley’s pieces could compete with fine jewelry. I’m particularly drawn to the bone and white topaz pieces for their youthful elegance.

Shop the Highlights: Olivia earrings (my favorite) // Zodiac ring // Ravenna necklace // horn bangles // Else studs

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Behind the Baubles: Hassan Bounkit

Hassan Bounkit, Founder of Bounkit

No one creates colorful gems better than Hassan Bounkit, founder of Bounkit. As you see above, his pieces are bold, yet undeniably elegant. Even a pair of simple round studs is given special treatment with an refined setting. I’ve got my eye on a pair of floral studs, but I’m dreaming of these stunners. His work has been featured in major fashion publications, worn by countless celebrities, and featured on television shows like Gossip Girl.

Shop the Highlights: blue quartz bracelet // citrine earrings // blue quartz earrings // peacock pearl and amethyst ring // carnelian ring // amethyst earrings // lemon quartz and fluorite necklace

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Behind the Baubles: Lele Sadoughi

Lele Sadoughi, Founder

I’m excited to share the first installment of “Behind the Baubles!” This monthly feature will give you insight into the designers behind your favorite jewelry brands and the collections that should be on your radar.

This month, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite designers: Lele Sadoughi. Before branching out on her own, Lele gained acclaim by launching J.Crew’s jewelry line back in 2006 and worked with the retailer for five years. Her first independent collection, heavily inspired by ancient Egypt, has already been featured in the nation’s top fashion magazines.

Shop the Highlights: slider bracelet // lotus necklace // scarab earrings // hieroglyphics bracelet // scarab bracelet

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