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Germaine Benson | Photo: Courtesy of Dionea Orcini | July 11, 2014
When it comes to accessorizing this summer, let your baubles do the talking. Here are five Miami-based jewelry designers who definitely make the cut!
1. Dionea Orcini
THE STORY: Italian born, Miami-based designer Dionea Orcini expresses herself by creating bold ornaments that are inspired by old-world jewelry traditions and her many world travels. And people have certainly taken notice: Lorde rocked five of Orcini’s rings during her 2014 Billboard Music Awards performance. SUMMER 2014 MUST-HAVES: The daring Forbidden Hand bracelet resembles traditional henna handwork and reminds us of exotic lands far, far away. PRICE RANGE: Pricing available upon request.
2. Jennifer Zeuner
THE STORY: Since Cameron Diaz bought a few pieces of her jewelry at a South Beach boutique some years back, Jennifer Zeuner has seen her brand flourish. The designer is known for her plethora of personalized jewelry options like initialized pendants and nameplates, which have been seen on everyone from Diaz to Rihanna to Alessandra Ambrosio. SUMMER 2014 MUST-HAVE: The YOLO necklace, which, well, speaks for itself (you indeed only live once). PRICE RANGE: $130-$594.
3. Daniela Swaebe
THE STORY: Inspired by Coco Chanel and Louis Arpel, designer Daniela Swaebe’s jewelry asks women to dare to be different. Organic glamour is a signature of all her collections, and, to that end, only the finest gemstones are used to create her baubles. SUMMER 2014 MUST-HAVE: The 14K five-row gold and diamond ear cuff is the perfect accent to any summer ensemble. PRICE RANGE: $900-$7,000.
4. Jeux De Vie
THE STORY: Sisters and co-designers Olga and Maria Alexandra infused their love for fine jewelry with their Miami upbringing to create the effortlessly cool jewelry line Jeux De Vie, which features creations that are all made with 18K gold. SUMMER 2014 MUST-HAVE: The Shroom studs are quirky summer accessories that are bound to get you noticed. PRICE RANGE: $240-$715.
THE STORY: Designer Tiffany Ortiz’s goal with TAudrey is to offer a no-fuss-to-fabulous approach for the busy bee, as well as to highlight a woman’s sophistication. To that end, nothing in her brand is mass-produced. SUMMER 2014 MUST-HAVE: Opt for one of TAudrey’s necklaces, which can be customized with a name, a special date or even a social media handle. PRICE RANGE: $40-$75.