Fashion trends come and go.
Tribal? So last year.
Bib collar? Yawn.
Neon? If you’re 14…
But, pearls — now pearls are one jewelry box staple that last! Ever since Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry by irreverently adding ropes of gleaming pearls to every ensemble, women with fashion sense have known that pearls are always a wonderful choice. And, every woman I know owns at least one strand – whether it’s hers, her mother’s, or even her grandmother’s.
Recently I learned about a new and exciting way to update your pearl strands. The newest creation to take the jewelry industry by storm is a “Pearl Bead Clasp” (patents pending) designed by Janet Grillo, CEO of Kenzie Mac Beth Designs.
One day, Grillo could not decide whether to wear her pearl strand or her Pandora bead necklace. And, voila! A simple question inspired an amazing creation – combine the two!
In designing the Pearl Bead Clasp, her intention was to transform an elegant strand of pearls to an “elegant-casual” strand with interchangeable expressions of color. Her sterling silver clasps turn a simple pearl necklace into a stunning statement piece by featuring beautiful Murano glass beads (which you probably already own!).
Instead of wearing the clasp in the back, simply turn it to the front to accent your pearl strand. Now you can glamorize your pearl strand with your favorite Murano glass bead.
The Pearl Bead Clasp is easy to use – simply twist and lock into place. A (patent pending) spring-loaded mechanism keeps your pearls safe and your bead attached. The Pearl Bead Clasp allows you to switch out colorful glass beads from Pandora, TrollBeads Universe, Chamilia, Moress and others – and match every outfit!
Personally, I am a very vocal fan of the Murano glass bead trend. I have a Trollbeads necklace, a Chamilia bracelet and a Whimsy ring. And of course, I love to change my beads to match various outfits. But, the sterling silver pieces were all so casual, they didn’t work with anything except ordinary ensembles. Now, I can use my Murano beads with a Pearl Bead Clasp to accent every outfit – from my favorite little black dress to a pair of jeans and a tailored white shirt!
Kenzie Mac Beth Designs offers many different options, depending on your personal style and budget. For example, you can order the “Pearl Bead Clasp” (Sterling Silver) alone, which you attach to an existing strand of pearls. The clasp must be attached by a jeweler, but once attached, you can change beads forever. This option also includes one beautiful Murano glass bead. Retail $150.
Or, you might opt for the Classic Pearl Necklace (1st image above). This necklace is 18” and has a 7.0 x 6.5 mm Saltwater Cultured Pearl Strand of AAA gem quality pearls, plus the sterling clasp (already attached), and a lovely Murano glass bead. Striking! Retail $650.
My personal favorite is the 18” Freshwater Keshi Pearl Necklace (2nd image above). For me, freshwater pearls just have a trendier feel than the traditional, round pearls. The variegated shapes also make a lovely contrast to the colored bead accents. The Keshi Pearl Necklace includes 18” of freshwater pearls, the “Pearl Bead Clasp” (already attached) and one Murano glass bead. Retail $295.
Until recently, Kenzie Mac Beth Designs pieces were only available at exclusive trunk shows throughout the Northeast, however, the firm has recently opened a Kenzie Mac Beth online store. Now, you can purchase all of the necklace options, or even add to your Murano glass bead collection! Pandora, Trollbeads and Chamilia are available on the site, and are actually purchased via an authorized retailer. Retail Prices range from $35 to $45.
Gorgeous sterling silver Moress Murano glass beads can also be purchased on the Kenzie Mac Beth website. Presently, Moress offers 40 Murano glass beads. Plus, 38 new styles will be available in September 2012. Retail: $25.00
Best yet, Kenzie Mac Beth has graciously offered one lucky Susan Said What?! reader a Keshi Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Sterling Silver “Pearl Bead Clasp” (attached) and three (3) beautiful Murano glass beads by Moress. A $350 retail value!
It’s simple to enter using our Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is available for readers 18+ in the USA only. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Contest ends 7-30-2012. Good luck!
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!, Success Won’t Wait! and The Best Christmas Ever!
Photos: Used with permission by Kenzie Mac Beth.
No payment was received in exchange for this post, however, I received a sample of the item discussed in this post in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.