Jewelry is the wearer’s chance to make a personal statement to the world. It can be symbolic of one’s history (family heirlooms), cultural or ethnic traditions, or simply one’s personal style.
I am a self professed jewelry fanatic. I love baubles of all kinds: rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cuffs…and everything in between. I’m intrigued by them all—costume versus real, metals, precious and semi-precious stones (I’m mad about sapphires—my birthstone), wood, beads and whatever else jewelry can be made of.
Being a New Yorker, I like to march to the beat of my own drum and tend to look for pieces that may make me stand out from a crowd. For me jewelry can easily become a conversation piece or even an ice breaker. I routinely visit places and events where I get to see one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces by independent designers. But my search for the perfect piece doesn’t only take place in the physical world, but is also done virtually. Recently, I learned about a very unique site called SHOPBEVEL.
SHOPBEVEL? What’s makes it so different from the other indie sites out there? Well, it was started on a whole different premise. Started in 2012 by then business school student, Courtney McColgan, Shopbevel works with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. What makes this site different from any other is that designers submit designs to special curated challenges that the community votes on. The “winners” of the design challenges then have their pieces manufactured and marketed by Shopbevel. Seriously, how cool is that? Courtney and her team believe every jewelry designer should have the opportunity to be discovered and work to create a community to make that possible.
I tend to be very classic in my personal style of dress and so use jewelry to add pops of color and to stand out. I got a chance to experiment with some of the spring’s most popular trends with the pieces I got from Shopbevel. Experimenting with the neon and spike trends, I got to check out the Neon Spike Bangles created by C. Solis of Madrid, Spain. Winner of the “Nod to Neon” design challenge, Ms. Solis’ creations come in a set of 3 (neon pink, yellow and orange) neon coated metal bangles with spiked ends—definitely adds some edge to any outfit. Very affordably priced, these bracelets retail for $35.
Definitely trendy and really cute, they did attract attention throughout my travels during the day. I was asked by a few women and teens where I got my bracelets. I happily told them about Shopbevel. And I am very eager to share this site with my readers. The folks Shopbevel have been quite nice in allowing me to share a discount code to enjoy 25% off your order.
Reader Discount: 25% Off
Reader Discount Code: BBSTUDS
This code is good for the entire month of July!
Also, if you’re in the New York City area this summer, check out Shopbevel in person! Visit http://www.shopbevel.com/nyc-popup to RSVP.
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