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When the worlds of fashion and art collide, the result is sometimes so outlandish, so unusual that it’s hard to take it seriously. But there are times when unexpected pairings happen very right to create a line that is universally loved by the general public across a range of aesthetics, lifestyles and price points. Example: the new collaboration of the illustrious Colombian jewelry designer and artist Paula Mendoza and J.Crew. The exclusive collection, launched today, combines Mendoza’s reinterpretation of pre-Columbian art with the contemporary style of J.Crew.
Mendoza founded her eponymous line in 2003 and has been widely celebrated for her signature pieces that draw inspiration from her Colombian heritage. Her designs combine ethically sourced gemstones and precious materials from Colombia in a symbolic and aesthetic narrative of elegance. The brand’s DNA also focuses on the importance of sustainability by giving back to the local artisans who handcraft each piece. While Beyoncé helped the brand rise to fame, her label’s bold Colombian identity captured the attention of many other stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Keys and Katy Perry.
The 7-piece collection includes a range of bracelets, rings and earrings with a price tag of $120 to $215. Each piece is crafted with 24k gold and perforated detailing and makes a fabulous luxury hostess gift idea.
The convertible bracelet set is a two-in-one piece, so you can wear it as two bracelets or together as a necklace. Another bracelet option is a chunky perforated cuff which is ideal for those who are consciously trying to dress well and make a statement. The domed ring is a timeless piece for everyday wear and will deserve a compliment or two. Wear it alone or alongside your stacks of rings for a high fashion affair.
The assortment of earrings is far from small. There are the oversized earrings for after-hours events, as they pair effortlessly with a simple black dress, while the drop earrings are a statement in themselves. Whether you consider yourself a modern-day minimalist or prefer more maximalist details, these earrings add a layer of sophistication to your evening ensemble. On the other hand, Hoop earrings are ideal for enhancing wardrobe basics, from blazers and trousers to leather pants and cashmere sweaters.
Finally, the Ear Cuff is a great accessory to experiment with during the transitional climate season. It is ideal for creating a feminine, playful and daring look and complements all classic pieces well. Wear it alone or with a simple gold mini hoop.
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Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Convertible Bracelet Set
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Cuff Bracelet
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Ring
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Earrings
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Drop Earrings
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Hoop Earrings
Paula Mendoza Jewelry x J.Crew Ear Cuff