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Blend Creations' online acropolis of embellishments enforces a clean yet playful aesthetic suitable for a slew of occasions and styles. Cultivate chic collarbones with a Swarovski crystal solo connection necklace ($49) or employ a protective spectre to ward off potential blood suckers with a ghost charmer necklace, a stainless-steel ghoul which, like Justin Bieber, possesses eyes of stoic crystal shaded in a variety of colours such as rose pink, amethyst purple, and emerald green ($49). Adornments such as a solid stainless-steel ring ($85), monogram cufflinks ($110), and Nepalese toile earrings ($135), constructed from lamali lokti plant fibre made by Nepalese village co-ops, make suitable bribe offerings for evil fashionistas.
Husband-and-wife super team Eric Jean-Louis and Vivian Cheng fight drab body décor with their backgrounds in graphic and industrial design as well as their fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. Drawing inspiration from everyday objects like Martian plasma and pterodactyls, their aesthetic proves sleek, concise, and beautiful.
- They have an enormous range of unique pieces - from Brazilian marbled paper to mah jong tiles - plus they also do earrings and paper goods. – The Bag Lady
- This stainless-steel pendant frames a one-of-a-kind piece of silk-screened Japanese paper and hangs from a 16-inch steel choker with magnetic clasp. – Real Simple