Minabea Jewelry, GBK's Luxury Gift Lounge, Golden Globes
Los Angeles-based Minabea Jewelry announced that its "Moroccan Boho Earrings" will be included in The Artisan Group's coveted swag bag, to be gifted to celebrities stopping by its exhibit at GBK's Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of the 2013 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters. The Gift Lounge takes place January 11-12, 2013, at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California.
Christi Schimpke, designer/owner, Minabea Jewelry, says the "Arabian Nights" intrigue of fashion designers like Naeem Kahn and her passion for Moorish architecture were the inspirations for these earrings.
"Kahn's looks for the spring 2013 runway were evocative of the past but modern too; which as a former art historian, I can't help but love," smiled Schimpke, "The models with their center parted hair and low ponytails, gave me the idea to create an earthy but dramatic earring with an architectural edge. The earrings also have a nomadic, spirited vibe that is pure Boho."
View the Minabea 2013 Golden Globe Awards slideshow video to see the Moroccan Boho earrings and other Minabea jewelry designs.
Schimpke forged and formed the earrings out of rich yellow brass to which she gave a shimmering, hammered finish. Each earring is accented with wire wrapped briolette drops in Olive Green or dark navy blue and elongated "dagger" beads of blue chalcedony or cherry quartz. The earrings are available for sale to the public as a limited edition and can be purchased on the Minabea website.
Schimpke notes she procured the main brass component for the earrings from Laura's Jewelry Workshop. This small community workshop, located in central Mexico, is dedicated to lifting Latina women out of poverty by teaching them jewelry making skills. "Laura is amazing and I'm happy to support her cause," remarked Schimpke.
Besides creating a mind-blowing 100 pairs of earrings for the Golden Globes, Schimpke is finalizing a deal with Los Angeles jewelry rep Daren Kirk and putting the finishing touches on "Crash by Minabea," a collection of upcycled jewelry created from the salvage of late model crashed Mercedes Benz automobiles. Schimpke just returned from a Palm Springs fashion shoot, where Maëlle Andre photographed her pieces on models Madison Cook and Madi McQueen (granddaughter of Steve McQueen).