Hey lovelies, it's Friday and I have another fab giveaway for you all! Get to know the Metaluxe Costume Jewelry shop on etsy! I'm a costume jewelry fanatic, so when I stumbled upon this shop on etsy I was definitely drooling. This shop has everything from colorful friendship bracelets (which is huge right now and the perfect companion to any arm party), to gorgeous statement necklaces, and more! Metaluxe was featured on Refinery29 earlier this year (Refinery knows what's up)! If you're after some jewelry with COLOR, or that next statement piece to complete your outfit then definitely check out Metaluxe.
Q&A with Claudia Costantino (Metaluxe Owner/Designer)
1.) Tell us a little about the Metaluxe Jewelry etsy shop.
Well, Metaluxe is a jewelry shop that I opened on Esty that sells all original handcrafted bracelets, necklaces and earrings. All the metal casted components are designed by me, casted in limited edition molds and gold/silver dipped. So, they are unique to my line and you wont find them from anyone else. I like to think of the collection as bright sophisticated fun with a Saint Tropez kind of vibe.
2.) I know you mention in your profile that you've been designing jewelry for 10 plus years, and that you had always dreamed of designing your own line. What made you finally take that leap and start your own shop?
That is a great question! For my entire career of designing costume jewelry, I have been working for various jewelry manufacturers designing private label collections. Which basically means I was employed by a company that sells to specialty store chains such as American Eagle, Express, Guess etc. I would be handed corporate design direction on what to make and I would design for them what they wanted/needed for their stores. I was successful and loved doing that but after years of being employed in that kind of situation, I really wanted to design my own line. My husband was encouraging me. So, I finally decided it was now or never and made a leap of faith! It has been exciting but stressful as well. But you know what they say "You will never know what you can accomplish unless you try!
3.) I love how colorful and fun your jewelry is (especially your bracelets, just perfect arm candy)! Would you say that your own personal style is colorful as well?
Thank you! Yes! Absolutely I love color! I am the biggest fan of J. Crew because they were doing color in a sophisticated way long before it was trending the way it is now. I guess you could say my style is "Glam Prep".. I love to wear a bright turquoise polo shirt with acid green bag! Or neutrals with some bright sparkly bracelets layered up my arm!
4.) What are your top three fave jewelry designers?
Hmm. Lets see. I love Erickson Beamon, Lara Bohinc, and also the Dannijo line is pretty fabulous. All very talented designers that have a very bold point of view. Great mix of elements in their work. You know, its very difficult sometimes when designing jewelry (or any design related area) to say "Ok! that's enough! Do I have too many elements, chain beads etc. going on here on this necklace? Have I gone too far?" There is a fine line between overly designed and a making a beautiful statement. I admire these designers for taking it just far enough.
5.) Do you have any fave shops on etsy?
I have to say I love Deloris Petunia! Great shop! Colorful and fun so of course I relate to that! And I do like some of the vintage handbag shops on Etsy that sell 70's Gucci bags. Love that.
6.) Which piece in your shop is your current fave?
Well, right now I really love the neon bungee wrap bracelets.I wear two together.. neon pink and black. But you know they are like your children, you can't really be objective about who's the fave! :)
7.) What type of girl do you envision wearing your pieces?
Lets see... I would like to think that someone who has an easy way about them. a creative girl that is willing to have a little fun, likes to travel but wants to look fashion forward and glamorous doing it.
8.) Where do you grab inspiration from when designing your jewelry?
I have to say that my inspiration comes from a mixture of things. I love the glamour of the 1970's and the bright color of 1980's. The handcrafted nature of braiding and cording gives my line a modern twist.
9.) If you had to leave the house wearing only one piece of jewelry, which piece would that be?
Definitely my orange chain bracelet. I wear it all the time and that's why I chose it for the givaway! Orange is such a great color and it is everywhere in fashion right now.
10.) Any tips on accessorizing with your jewelry?
I believe in mixing it up and stacking your bracelets for a that customized look. I think it looks refreshing to see someone with a casted bangle, layered with some beaded bracelets, colorful wrap or braided chain all worn together. If your the kind of girl that is a little intimidated by brights, wearing a pop of pink or orange on your wrist is a simple way to introduce color into your life.
Here are some of my FAVES from the shop:
Neon Orange Statement Circle Crystal Stone Pendant
Turquoise, Green and Yellow Woven Friendship Bracelet Chain Cuff with Crystal Pave
Dyed Agate Pendant
Neon Pink Wrap Bracelet With 18k Gold Dipped Closure
Orange Tribal Statement Fringe Necklace
Neon Yellow Green Wrap Bracelet With 18k Gold Dipped Hook Closure
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Giveaway ends March 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM EST. The winner will be chosen at random via random.org. Good luck everyone! :)