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Sep 4, 2015

by Christine Hornicke

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! My name is Christine, and I’m the head and the hands behind Gudbling. I create sensual statement jewelry with a textile touch in Berlin, Germany.

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Life’s not always a straight road, and I must admit that I never thought to become a jewelry designer. I studied graphic design, then spent five years working as a travel agent in Hamburg. During that time I felt unfulfilled, and I dreamed of selling my own handmade goods. In 2010, I decided to turn my life around, and I relocated to Berlin to start over. As it turns out, one of my first friends here works as a fashion designer, and she invited me to share her studio space. I instantly fell in love with all of her colorful scraps of leftover cloth. That’s when I got the idea to make fabric jewelry.

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I’m an introvert, but my jewelry is not. This outlet gives me the opportunity to express my feelings. After all the years I spent working a corporate job and being told what to do, I wanted to create something meaningful by my own standards. As much as I’m inspired by traditional folk and tribal art, I’m also inspired by my own personal development. Growing up, you try to get to know yourself; for me, I found that knowing who I am also means embracing that I’m changing all the time. That’s what statement jewelry is about: it gives you the possibility to explore yourself, and you’re allowed to be bold or reserved, colorful or monochrome. You can reinvent yourself, and whatever you’re feeling, the jewelry can reflect that.

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I’m a completely self-taught jewelry designer – I don’t have any training, and I’ve never taken any classes. I learned how to crochet from my mother, and aside from that, I just have this urge to create something with whatever is lying around. When I work, I hardly ever make a sketch of what I want to create – after all, fabric is quite unpredictable! Instead, I spend a significant amount of time figuring out how to get the perfect combination of thread, jersey, chains and beads; I often use crochet techniques to create designs that will fit nicely around the neck or wrist, while still being comfortable and durable. It’s not just about the looks – the fit is also important.

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To me, Etsy means community. Moving to Berlin all alone wasn’t easy: I was a total newbie to both self-employment and the city. When I was looking for connection, guidance and inspiration, I was lucky to find the Etsy Berlin Street Team. There, I found many like-minded souls – some of whom have become dear friends. I honestly think I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My plans for the future are to continue broadening my artisanal skills and refine my work. I want to offer my customers a unique experience along with unique products.

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Main image by Detlef Honigstein; maker and studio photographs by Gudbling and Alex Bender.

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Pink Tassel Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Old Rose Fringe Earrings, Bohemian Bride Earrings, Hippie Statement Earrings, Clip On Chandeliers
Pink Tassel Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Old Rose Fringe Earrings, Bohemian Bride Earrings, Hippie Statement Earrings, Clip On Chandeliers
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$47.72 USD
Abstract Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Modern Jewelry, Horseshoe Earrings, Minimal Jewelry, Geometric Earrings, Boho Jewelry
Abstract Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Modern Jewelry, Horseshoe Earrings, Minimal Jewelry, Geometric Earrings, Boho Jewelry
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$47.72 USD
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
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$29.36 USD
White Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Chandeliers, Hippie Earrings, Wedding Jewelry, Boho Bride, Wedding Earrings, Boho Wedding
White Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Chandeliers, Hippie Earrings, Wedding Jewelry, Boho Bride, Wedding Earrings, Boho Wedding
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$47.72 USD
Abstract Mother of Pearl Earrings, Minimal Brass Jewelry, Geometric Design
Abstract Mother of Pearl Earrings, Minimal Brass Jewelry, Geometric Design
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$23.25 USD
Long geometric Earrings made of Hammered Brass, Minimalist Gold Jewelry, Modern abstract Jewelry, Rectangle Shape
Long geometric Earrings made of Hammered Brass, Minimalist Gold Jewelry, Modern abstract Jewelry, Rectangle Shape
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$30.59 USD
Rhodochrosite Threader Earrings, Pink Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
Rhodochrosite Threader Earrings, Pink Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
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$26.92 USD
Lapis Lazuli Threader Earrings, Blue Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
Lapis Lazuli Threader Earrings, Blue Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
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$26.92 USD
Zig Zag Line Earrings, Hammered Brass Post Earrings, Arc Earrings, Squiggle Post Earring
Zig Zag Line Earrings, Hammered Brass Post Earrings, Arc Earrings, Squiggle Post Earring
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$23.25 USD
White Turquoise Threader Earrings, Speckled Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
White Turquoise Threader Earrings, Speckled Natural Stone Chain Earrings, Gemstone Jewelry
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$26.92 USD
Mix and Match Striped Dangle Earrings with Glass Beads and Sweetwater Pearl
Mix and Match Striped Dangle Earrings with Glass Beads and Sweetwater Pearl
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$29.36 USD
Grey Rope Bracelet, Knotted Cord Bracelet, Nautical Jewelry
Grey Rope Bracelet, Knotted Cord Bracelet, Nautical Jewelry
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$23.25 USD
Paperclip Necklace with Large Gray Keshi Pearl, Link Necklace with Freshwater Pearl, Lariat Chain
Paperclip Necklace with Large Gray Keshi Pearl, Link Necklace with Freshwater Pearl, Lariat Chain
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$39.15 USD
Gold Plated Paperclip Necklace with Large Keshi Pearl and Freshwater Pearl, Necklace with Pearl Pendant
Gold Plated Paperclip Necklace with Large Keshi Pearl and Freshwater Pearl, Necklace with Pearl Pendant
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$47.72 USD
Pink Agate Earrings, Gold Plated Brass Huggies with Natural Stone, Creole Dangle Earrings
Pink Agate Earrings, Gold Plated Brass Huggies with Natural Stone, Creole Dangle Earrings
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$30.59 USD
Dark Green Tassel Earrings with Rose Quartz Bead, Large Boho Chandelier Earrings
Dark Green Tassel Earrings with Rose Quartz Bead, Large Boho Chandelier Earrings
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$47.72 USD
One Of A Kind Statement Necklace with Geometric Brass Plate, White and Grey Natural Stone Necklace, Gemstone Necklace
One Of A Kind Statement Necklace with Geometric Brass Plate, White and Grey Natural Stone Necklace, Gemstone Necklace
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$96.66 USD
Abstrakt Squiggle Earrings, Hammered Brass Ear Posts, Organic Shaped Line Jewelry
Abstrakt Squiggle Earrings, Hammered Brass Ear Posts, Organic Shaped Line Jewelry
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$26.92 USD
Pink Jasper Necklace with Large Brass Plate, Statement Necklace with Geometric Pendant, One Of A Kind
Pink Jasper Necklace with Large Brass Plate, Statement Necklace with Geometric Pendant, One Of A Kind
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$79.53 USD
Statement Earrings with Hammered Brass, Repurposed Beads and Large Peridot, Natural Stone Chandelier
Statement Earrings with Hammered Brass, Repurposed Beads and Large Peridot, Natural Stone Chandelier
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$47.72 USD
Keshi Pearl Earrings with Brass Drop Pendants, One Of A Kind Pearl Jewelry
Keshi Pearl Earrings with Brass Drop Pendants, One Of A Kind Pearl Jewelry
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$47.72 USD
Turquoise Hoop Earrings, Blue Creoles with Natural Stone Beads, Beaded Huggie Earrings
Turquoise Hoop Earrings, Blue Creoles with Natural Stone Beads, Beaded Huggie Earrings
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$30.59 USD
Grey Polymer Clay Earrings with Sweetwater Pearl and Gold Plated Brass Posts, Marble Look Beads
Grey Polymer Clay Earrings with Sweetwater Pearl and Gold Plated Brass Posts, Marble Look Beads
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$35.48 USD
Long gold plated brass chain wit Freshwater Pearl and Agate Pendant
Long gold plated brass chain wit Freshwater Pearl and Agate Pendant
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$47.72 USD
Opalite Earrings, Minimal Brass Arc Earrings, Modern Abstract Jewelry, Arch Earrings
Opalite Earrings, Minimal Brass Arc Earrings, Modern Abstract Jewelry, Arch Earrings
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$23.25 USD
Geometric Brass Earrings with Fresh Water Pearls, Abstract Jewelry
Geometric Brass Earrings with Fresh Water Pearls, Abstract Jewelry
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$47.72 USD
Hammered Brass Earrings, Abstract Earrings, Geometric Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Gold Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Minimal Earrings
Hammered Brass Earrings, Abstract Earrings, Geometric Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Gold Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Minimal Earrings
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$30.59 USD
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Statement Earrings
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Statement Earrings
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$35.48 USD
Minimal Horseshoe Earrings with Vintage Bone Bead, Arc Earrings, Abstract Brass Earrings with Reclaimed Bone Beads
Minimal Horseshoe Earrings with Vintage Bone Bead, Arc Earrings, Abstract Brass Earrings with Reclaimed Bone Beads
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$31.81 USD
Tassel Earrings with Pink Opal and Opalite, Natural Gemstone Earrings, Bohemian Fringe Earrings, Blush Pink Jewelry
Tassel Earrings with Pink Opal and Opalite, Natural Gemstone Earrings, Bohemian Fringe Earrings, Blush Pink Jewelry
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$33.04 USD
Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with gray Agate, Abstract Natural Gemstone Earrings
Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with gray Agate, Abstract Natural Gemstone Earrings
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$35.48 USD
Crochet Bracelet, Hippie Jewelry, Friendship Bracelet, Colorful Boho Bracelet, Surfer Jewelry, Woven Bracelet
Crochet Bracelet, Hippie Jewelry, Friendship Bracelet, Colorful Boho Bracelet, Surfer Jewelry, Woven Bracelet
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$35.48 USD
Monstera Earrings, Mismatched Earrings, Plant Earrings, Leaf Earrings, Gold Jewelry, Hammered Brass Jewelry, Abstract Earrings
Monstera Earrings, Mismatched Earrings, Plant Earrings, Leaf Earrings, Gold Jewelry, Hammered Brass Jewelry, Abstract Earrings
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$35.48 USD
White Fringe Earrings, Tassel Earrings, Bridal Boho Jewelry, Beaded Agate Earrings, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Hippie Chic
White Fringe Earrings, Tassel Earrings, Bridal Boho Jewelry, Beaded Agate Earrings, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Hippie Chic
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$30.59 USD
Silver Plated Rock Crystal Creoles, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Quartz, Crystal Natural Stone Jewelry
Silver Plated Rock Crystal Creoles, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Quartz, Crystal Natural Stone Jewelry
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$31.81 USD
Brass Earrings with Rhodochrosite Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Blush Beads
Brass Earrings with Rhodochrosite Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Blush Beads
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$25.69 USD
Dark Grey Tassel Earrings, Rope Earrings, Hippie Earrings, Bohemian Chandeliers, Statement Earrings, Folk Earrings, Anthracite Earrings
Dark Grey Tassel Earrings, Rope Earrings, Hippie Earrings, Bohemian Chandeliers, Statement Earrings, Folk Earrings, Anthracite Earrings
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$35.48 USD
Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Mother Of Pearl, Creole Earrings with Freshwater Shell Beads, Golden Hoops, Boho Jewelry
Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Mother Of Pearl, Creole Earrings with Freshwater Shell Beads, Golden Hoops, Boho Jewelry
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$35.48 USD
Blue Tassel Earrings, Royal Blue Chandeliers, Fringe Earrings, Fan Earrings, Boho Earrings, Abstract Earrings, Raffia Earrings, Rope Earring
Blue Tassel Earrings, Royal Blue Chandeliers, Fringe Earrings, Fan Earrings, Boho Earrings, Abstract Earrings, Raffia Earrings, Rope Earring
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$35.48 USD
Polymer Clay Coral Earrings, Statement Earrings with Red Pendants, Nautical Creoles
Polymer Clay Coral Earrings, Statement Earrings with Red Pendants, Nautical Creoles
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$35.48 USD
Pearls Bracelet made of reused coral and turquoise pearls, With fresh water pearls and shell
Pearls Bracelet made of reused coral and turquoise pearls, With fresh water pearls and shell
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$47.72 USD
Long Rope Necklace with Abstract Hammered Brass Pendant and Prehnite Bead, Natural Stone Jewelry
Long Rope Necklace with Abstract Hammered Brass Pendant and Prehnite Bead, Natural Stone Jewelry
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$59.95 USD
Long Rope Necklace with Large Natural Stone, Brass Pendant, Agate Stone Jewelry
Long Rope Necklace with Large Natural Stone, Brass Pendant, Agate Stone Jewelry
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$72.19 USD
Natural Stone Earrings, Beaded Brass Fringe Earrings, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Amazonite
Natural Stone Earrings, Beaded Brass Fringe Earrings, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Amazonite
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$31.81 USD
Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Cowri Shell Bracelet, Ibiza Friendship Jewelry, Boho Bride Bracelet
Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Cowri Shell Bracelet, Ibiza Friendship Jewelry, Boho Bride Bracelet
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$35.48 USD
Amazonite Earrings, White Tassel Earrings, Bridal Jewelry, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Pompom Earrings, Tassle Jewelry
Amazonite Earrings, White Tassel Earrings, Bridal Jewelry, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Pompom Earrings, Tassle Jewelry
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$30.59 USD
Seafoam Green Tassel Earrings, Christmas Gift for Wife, Jade Green Fringe Earrings, Mint Hippie Earrings, Clip On, Bohemian Chandeliers
Seafoam Green Tassel Earrings, Christmas Gift for Wife, Jade Green Fringe Earrings, Mint Hippie Earrings, Clip On, Bohemian Chandeliers
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$47.72 USD
Minimalistic Lapis Lazuli Earrings, Bent Brass Arc Earrings, Dark Blue Beads, Arch Earring, Modern Jewelry
Minimalistic Lapis Lazuli Earrings, Bent Brass Arc Earrings, Dark Blue Beads, Arch Earring, Modern Jewelry
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$25.69 USD
Aventurine and Amazonite Tassel Earrings, Natural Gemstone Earrings, Bohemian Fringe Earrings, Green Jewelry
Aventurine and Amazonite Tassel Earrings, Natural Gemstone Earrings, Bohemian Fringe Earrings, Green Jewelry
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$33.04 USD
Dainty Lariat Style Beads Necklace with Freshwater Pearls, Gold Plated Necklace with Miyuki Glass Beads, Wrap Bracelet
Dainty Lariat Style Beads Necklace with Freshwater Pearls, Gold Plated Necklace with Miyuki Glass Beads, Wrap Bracelet
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$72.19 USD
Natural Stone and Sweetwater Pearl Earrings with Platinum Plated Creoles, Beaded Gemstone Earrings with silver Hoops
Natural Stone and Sweetwater Pearl Earrings with Platinum Plated Creoles, Beaded Gemstone Earrings with silver Hoops
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$35.48 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Lapis Lazuli, Blue Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Lapis Lazuli, Blue Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$25.69 USD
Mother of Pearl Necklace, Long Gold Plated Brass Necklace with Seashell Pendant, Keshi Shell and Snake Chain
Mother of Pearl Necklace, Long Gold Plated Brass Necklace with Seashell Pendant, Keshi Shell and Snake Chain
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$47.72 USD
Cyanite Necklace, Short Brass Necklace with Disthene, Blue Crystal Necklace, Natural Stone Jewelry
Cyanite Necklace, Short Brass Necklace with Disthene, Blue Crystal Necklace, Natural Stone Jewelry
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$53.84 USD
Beaded Brass Earrings with White Turquoise, Abstract Modern Jewelry, Hammered Brass Hoop Earrings with Sprinkled Beads
Beaded Brass Earrings with White Turquoise, Abstract Modern Jewelry, Hammered Brass Hoop Earrings with Sprinkled Beads
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$47.72 USD
Amazonite Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Dainty Earrings, Beaded Earrings, Boho Jewelry, Minimal Jewellery
Amazonite Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Dainty Earrings, Beaded Earrings, Boho Jewelry, Minimal Jewellery
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$23.25 USD
Keshi Pearl Ear Studs with Gold Plated Brass Bar Posts, Minimalist Pearl Earrings
Keshi Pearl Ear Studs with Gold Plated Brass Bar Posts, Minimalist Pearl Earrings
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$35.48 USD
Ghost Earrings, Hammered Brass Dangle Earrings, Phantom Pendant, Demon Earrings
Ghost Earrings, Hammered Brass Dangle Earrings, Phantom Pendant, Demon Earrings
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$33.04 USD
Beaded Statement Necklace with Keshi Coin Pearl and Amazonite, 90ies Pastel Jewelry, Pendant with Rock Crystal
Beaded Statement Necklace with Keshi Coin Pearl and Amazonite, 90ies Pastel Jewelry, Pendant with Rock Crystal
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$84.42 USD
Statement Bracelet with Keshi Coin Pearl and Amazonite, Pastel 90ies Bracelet
Statement Bracelet with Keshi Coin Pearl and Amazonite, Pastel 90ies Bracelet
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$55.06 USD

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