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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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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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$36.76 USD
Statement Necklace, Crochet Necklace, Collar Necklace, Boho Necklace, Choker Necklace, Woven Necklace, Braided Necklace
Statement Necklace, Crochet Necklace, Collar Necklace, Boho Necklace, Choker Necklace, Woven Necklace, Braided Necklace
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$112.83 USD
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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$49.44 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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$49.44 USD
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
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$30.43 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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$49.44 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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$24.09 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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$36.76 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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$31.69 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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$34.23 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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$36.76 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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$43.10 USD
Black Tassel Necklace, Long Fan Necklace, Black Fringe Necklace, Tassel Rope Necklace, Boho Cord Necklace, Neutral Color Necklace
Black Tassel Necklace, Long Fan Necklace, Black Fringe Necklace, Tassel Rope Necklace, Boho Cord Necklace, Neutral Color Necklace
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$49.44 USD
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Hippie Earrings, Boho Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Handmade Jewelry, Gift For Girlfriend
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Hippie Earrings, Boho Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Handmade Jewelry, Gift For Girlfriend
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$49.44 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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$49.44 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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$32.96 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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$74.80 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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$43.10 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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$30.43 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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$49.44 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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$62.12 USD
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
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$49.44 USD
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
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$43.10 USD
Abstract Copper Earrings, Matisse Inspired Jewelry, Minimalist Statement Earrings, Modern Chandelier Earrings
Abstract Copper Earrings, Matisse Inspired Jewelry, Minimalist Statement Earrings, Modern Chandelier Earrings
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$45.64 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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$24.09 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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$36.76 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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$74.80 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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$34.23 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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$26.62 USD
Small Gold Plated Brass Post Earrings with Faceted Blush Pink Rhodochrosite Beads
Small Gold Plated Brass Post Earrings with Faceted Blush Pink Rhodochrosite Beads
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$30.43 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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$49.44 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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$34.23 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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$24.09 USD
Pink Opal Bracelet, Gold Plated Boho Brass Bracelet, Minimal Friendship Jewelry,
Pink Opal Bracelet, Gold Plated Boho Brass Bracelet, Minimal Friendship Jewelry,
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$36.76 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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$55.78 USD
Paperclip Bracelet with Sweetwater Pearls, Gold Plated Link Chain Bracelet, Stacking Bracelet
Paperclip Bracelet with Sweetwater Pearls, Gold Plated Link Chain Bracelet, Stacking Bracelet
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$49.44 USD
Beads Bracelet made of recycled hematite and large coin bead, Black and White Bracelet
Beads Bracelet made of recycled hematite and large coin bead, Black and White Bracelet
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$49.44 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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$49.44 USD
Creole Earrings with Cowrie Shell, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Shell Beads, Ibiza Jewelry, Beach Chandeliers
Creole Earrings with Cowrie Shell, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Shell Beads, Ibiza Jewelry, Beach Chandeliers
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$36.76 USD
Blush Pink Oversize Creoles, Extra Large Hoop Earrings with Polymer Clay Discs and Silvery Seed Beads
Blush Pink Oversize Creoles, Extra Large Hoop Earrings with Polymer Clay Discs and Silvery Seed Beads
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$40.57 USD
Hammered Brass Earrings with speckled Agate, Natural Stone Jewelry
Hammered Brass Earrings with speckled Agate, Natural Stone Jewelry
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$36.76 USD
Extra Large Hoop Earrings with Blush Pink Polymer Clay Discs and Turquoise Seed Beads, Oversize Creoles
Extra Large Hoop Earrings with Blush Pink Polymer Clay Discs and Turquoise Seed Beads, Oversize Creoles
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$40.57 USD
Aventurine Bracelet, Morganite Snake Chain Bracelet, Agate Jewelry, Platinum Plated
Aventurine Bracelet, Morganite Snake Chain Bracelet, Agate Jewelry, Platinum Plated
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$36.76 USD
Short Hippie Necklace, Crochet Statement Jewelry in Blue and Bordeaux Red
Short Hippie Necklace, Crochet Statement Jewelry in Blue and Bordeaux Red
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$87.47 USD
Abstract Natural Gemstone Earrings, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Dalmatian Jasper
Abstract Natural Gemstone Earrings, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Dalmatian Jasper
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$36.76 USD
Huggie Creole Earrings with large Keshi Coin Pearl, Sweetwater Pearl Jewelry
Huggie Creole Earrings with large Keshi Coin Pearl, Sweetwater Pearl Jewelry
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$44.37 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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$31.69 USD
Mother of Pearl Threader Earrings, Chain Earrings with Circle Pendant, Shell Jewelry, Ibiza Beach Earrings
Mother of Pearl Threader Earrings, Chain Earrings with Circle Pendant, Shell Jewelry, Ibiza Beach Earrings
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$27.89 USD
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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$49.44 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Yellow Turquoise, Sprinkled Green Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Yellow Turquoise, Sprinkled Green Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.89 USD
Big Boho Tassel Earrings in Dark Red, Bordeaux Red Hippie Chandeliers, Bold Fabric Jewelry
Big Boho Tassel Earrings in Dark Red, Bordeaux Red Hippie Chandeliers, Bold Fabric Jewelry
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$49.44 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.89 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.89 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Amazonite, Light Turquoise Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Amazonite, Light Turquoise Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.89 USD
Chunky Statement Bracelet with Woven Cords, Layered Hippie Bracelet with Tassel, Fabric Friendship Jewelry
Chunky Statement Bracelet with Woven Cords, Layered Hippie Bracelet with Tassel, Fabric Friendship Jewelry
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$30.43 USD
Squiggle Post Earrings, Gold Hammered Brass Earrings, Abstract Line Jewelry
Squiggle Post Earrings, Gold Hammered Brass Earrings, Abstract Line Jewelry
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$24.09 USD
Hammered Brass Post Earrings, Arc Earrings, Minimalist Horseshoe Post Earring, Abstract Jewelry
Hammered Brass Post Earrings, Arc Earrings, Minimalist Horseshoe Post Earring, Abstract Jewelry
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$24.09 USD
Sunstone Earrings, Beaded Brass Fringe Earrings, Minimalist Jewelry, Bridesmaid Earrings
Sunstone Earrings, Beaded Brass Fringe Earrings, Minimalist Jewelry, Bridesmaid Earrings
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$35.50 USD
Keshi Coin Pearl Earrings, Creole Earrings with Natural Pearl, Modern Sweet Water Pearl Jewelry, Gift for Mother
Keshi Coin Pearl Earrings, Creole Earrings with Natural Pearl, Modern Sweet Water Pearl Jewelry, Gift for Mother
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$44.37 USD
Short 18k gold plated necklace with Coin Pearl, Flat Keshi Sweetwater Pearl on gold plated Brass Necklace
Short 18k gold plated necklace with Coin Pearl, Flat Keshi Sweetwater Pearl on gold plated Brass Necklace
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$40.57 USD

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