Fab Finds: Transglobal Jewelry

March 8 2010, 10:17 AM

With so much 1970s influence running through the spring collections, jewelry with an ethnic vibe is back in a big way this season. With that in mind, we chose exotic baubles to accent the caftans and bright prints shown in the fashion feature of this month's magazine. Try out the trend by looking for statement pieces that combine metal with materials like horn or shell, spice-colored stones, and organic shapes. Here are just a few we found recently at local retailers: Borgioni's eclectic beaded bracelets feature materials like shell and oxidized, sterling silver or brass with turquoise inlay--all accented with whimsical, diamond-encrusted Buddha charms. Borgioni bracelets, starting at $2,900, Oster Jewelers, 251 Steele St., 303-572-1111, osterjewelers.com. Boulder designer Anna Holland creates one-of-a-kind necklaces by mixing traditional materials from various cultures, such as silver pendants from Afghanistan with Moroccan bone beads (pictured). Her attention to design details like texture, color, and weight have made her international clientele devoted collectors. Dorje Designs, necklaces start at $235, dorjedesigns.com. If you're looking for a jewelry option that's easy on the wallet, head to Boulder's Gypsy Jewel. This southeast-Asian-inspired boutique has an entire wardrobe filled with Indian bangles---from plain to rhinestone-studded---that start at just 25 cents! Gypsy Jewel, 820 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-4500, gypsyjewel.net.

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