GIVEAWAY: VIRGINIE MILLEFIORI

Tuesday, January 15



Heya Everyone, pretty excited about this giveaway cos it come from one of my fav stores from the very onset of my Etsy fascination. Shop owner Virginie Millefiori is a friend in my head and on email. We've been meaning to get this together for you guys for a while now but there were so many unexpected delays. I can only thank her for being so patient with me. It's time to meet Virginie Millefiori and to make a statement with her unique, minimalist jewelry.



Do you have a workspace? If so, please share (see pics above).
Yes I do have one and a very spacious one I especially appreciate after having lived in a small studio with my husband and welcoming always new guests friends from France visiting Big Apple! I have several working stations: computer, enamel spot, metal smithing bench, assembling station... I try to keep organized but since it's not a natural virtue for me it rarely looks like on the pictures.

When did you start selling on Etsy and Why Etsy?
I've been browsing Etsy since its beginnings in 2005 when I was still living in Paris. At the time I was playing with polymer clay (yes, hence my artist name Millefiori) and was amazed by the techniques people were using in the US while it was barely existent in France. I'm a slow mover, I only opened a shop in March 2008 and then only put up my very first listing last summer when I actually decided to do it full time, being now settled in NYC and having my business registered.
What I like about Etsy is the great traffic I get on it and the energy plus the seller advice their team brings. It feels like we (the sellers) are all evolving at different speed but making progress together and when you have your own business you work most of the time alone so it's good to share experiences and find a like-minded community.




Is this a full time gig for you? If yes what do you love about it?
Yes my jewelry business is my full time job and has been so for a year and a half now. I love absolutely everything about it, of course especially realizing an idea into a tangible piece and seeing the sparkle in the eye of my customers discovering it. The only exceptions are the administrative aspects and the fact to be alone most of the time. By the way I'm looking for an intern so if one of your readers is interested, I'd be happy to receive an email :).



Your personal fav item in your shop right now?
Call me a masochist, I've always had as favorite the last piece that took me the most time and effort. Right now for my Etsy shop it's the Peter Pan scalloped collar. You can see on the last picture (see below) of my listing the different steps involved.  I love to put stress on the handmade labor, I think that is what people look for when buying on Etsy, at least I hope! Peter Pan collars are very popular and you can find them in a wide array of prices and qualities of course. Since most of my pieces are quite dainty and delicate this is kind of a statement piece for me so I wanted it to be very elaborate. I spent hours sketching over and over and sawing it off. Then in my e-shop it's my reindeer necklace; that was technically super challenging as well!


What was first piece you ever made/sold?
My first pieces were made out of polymer clay and were most of the time necklaces you can see pictures above: three dimensional orchids or millefiori beads were my specialty.

What are your plans for the future?
Last year I've had a craft show almost every single week end, I've managed my Etsy sales, the orders on my e-shop and the wholesale orders for boutiques around the world. I finished the year exhausted. I can't realistically hope to grow as a person and as a business doing all that at once and myself. At some point I would need either to have someone working with me or at least to focus on one main activity for my business: online versus shows versus wholesale. I will soon sit down, breathe and figure this all out, this is in my 2013 resolutions list!





Where else can we find your goodies?
I have an e-shop (http://www.virginiemillefiori.com)  on my website which also lists my current retailers. I am also on most major social platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter.

Any advice for women considering starting their own business ?
The first thing is to be sure you are truly passionate by the field in which you want to start your business because you will spend a lot of time talking, reading and thinking about it. It's not a fairy tale, simply because you have the heart and the ideas for it, will not mean overnight success. This means you must be financially able to survive until your business grows enough to make a living out of it. This is also vital to stay focused on your core business, which means to remain true to yourself and your unique identity that will meet the needs of a niche market loving your products for their added value. Eventually you will need a lot of determination and positivity to turn any failure in a learning experience and to evolve stronger and stronger rich in knowledge and accomplishments. 
This is the most difficult but also the best job I've had so far. It's just been a year and a half and I still have a lot to learn but I'm already proud to look back and see the evolution my brand is going through and the wonderful people I've met along the way. This is a life experience not any regular job.


For fun: whats playing on your ipod, mp3 player, favorite book?
I could not work without music and it really helps me staying positive and never bored if I have to do a repetitive task like sawing off tons of identical shapes. I listen all day (and night) to Songza where I love the diversity and the ability to pick a style by the activity you're doing. They have some really fun activity suggestions like "looking at pictures of your ex" which always makes me laugh. Then about books I must admit first I'm not a big reader and second I'm kind of a monomaniac: I read books about jewelry and about conducting a business... The most fun part of my day is watching episodes at night, lately Portlandia season 2 (I laughed again when they reused "she's making jewelry now") and before it was Louie CK, That Mitchell and Webb Look, thank you Netflix!

Also I'm a brunch fanatic- any local brunch recommendations please?
Since I'm sure you know way more than I do in that field I won't disappoint you by stating the new underground hip brunch in Williamsburg, instead I will remain very french: I eventually tried Lucien after hearing about it for years now and it is actually true to its reputation. The food tastes just like in France so since I did not go back for the holidays it was a delicious ersatz for food at least! The location couldn't be easier: 1st street and 1st avenue.



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I hope you enjoyed going behind the scenes with Virginie. 
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160 comments:

  1. I love the braid bracelet!!

    shanahattis at gmail dot com

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  2. My favorite item is the Chevron ring, so pretty, feminine and modern!

    tmars034 at yahoo dot com

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  3. I love the peter pan collar necklace

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  4. The Double Arrow ring is really pretty and simple.

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  5. Oooh, the gold and mint chevron earrings are my fave

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  6. My favorite is the pixel heart ring. Thanks!

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  7. The Bracelet ring - arrow - triangle is so delicate and beautiful! LOVE.

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  8. I really like the jump rope player necklace! (Pinwheel earrings are a close second.)

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  9. i absolutely love the scalloped collar. it would be so cool to win it!

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  10. I love the Silver Peacock Feathers Necklace

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  11. I am in love with the Bracelet ring - arrow - triangle - mint - gold

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  12. I'll be honest every piece is my favorite piece but I love all of her neckalces more than anything.

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  13. Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. My favorite is the butterfly ring: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91865653/butterfly-ring-sterling-silver-ring

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I've been a fan of Virgnie Millefori for a few weeks now, so I am happy to see the shop and learn about the owner here! I'm crushing hard on the Double Arrow Knuckle Ring http://www.etsy.com/listing/110273344/knuckle-ring-double-ring-triangle-ring

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  15. I really like the Chevron rings. Simple and cute.

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  16. I love the Bracelet ring - arrow - triangle

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  17. The Chevron snake ring in black and gold and the knuckle ring/double ring/dainty double triangle ring are my two favorite pieces! That Peter Pan collar is absolutely fantastic, I appreciate the pictorial of how much work went into it because I would've never guessed.

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  18. The Braid Bracelet is cute.

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  19. My favourite piece is the headband.
    (I also like the Peter Pan necklace, just sayin')

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  20. I adore the Pinwheel necklace - gold - mint - windmill necklace!

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  21. I love the braided bracelet. So cute!!!

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  22. I love the "Tiny triangle ring- dainty ring- stackable ring- mini geometric ring"

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  23. I like the Flower bracelet -

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  24. I love these earrings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87234111/chevron-earrings-925-sterling-silver

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  25. I love the navy knot bracelet!

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  26. I am impressed with the process of making the peter pan necklace, but I love all of those little dainty triangle rings.

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  27. Love the Peter Pan scalloped necklace

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  28. Such pretty pieces! I love the Electric Love necklace.

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  29. I love Double arrow ring, chevron ring, gold, mint: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107906560/double-arrow-ring-chevron-ring-gold-mint

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  30. I like the peacock feather bracelet!

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  31. the peter pan collar necklace is so stunning!!!

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  32. i like the arrow ring

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/114985852/arrow-ring-filigree-ring-chevron-ring

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  33. 1 Tiny triangle ring- dainty ring- stackable ring- mini geometric ring

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  34. I love this item:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/107974816/arrow-ring-filigree-ring-chevron-ring

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  35. I love the 'bunting necklace'. So cute!

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  36. LOVE the Triangle Arrow Necklace!

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  37. the arrow bracelet is beeeeyooootiful!

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  38. I'm in love with her work!

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  39. Bar gold necklace~

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  40. Such a lovely giveaway!! Thank you so very much.

    My favorite item has to be the Jump rope player necklaces!! So very cute :)

    0brooketaylor0[at]gmail[dot]com

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  41. Love, love, love the Electric love - gold necklace!!

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  42. The triangle necklace arrow (mint gold) is my favorite!

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  43. i love the Peter Pan collar necklace
    blackcat7002000@yahoo.com

    -jennifer

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  44. I am crazy about the Jump rope player gold.

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  45. LOVE the jump rope player mint gold long necklace.

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  46. I love the pinwheel necklace's. Probably the red one. But all of her stuff is way cute!

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  47. My favorite item is the tiny peacock feather ring!

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  48. Love Flower bracelet -silver bracelet -filigree flower -handmade bracelet
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  49. I absolutely adore silver and mint triangle bracelet ring. http://www.etsy.com/listing/89932002/silver-bracelet-ring-triangle-mint

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  50. My favorite is the Silver peacock feathers necklace

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  51. The 1 Tiny Triangle Ring is incredibly beautiful!!!

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  52. My favorite is the Peacock Feather Bracelet.

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  53. Her whole store is amazing but my favourite is the Peacock Feather Bracelet :)

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  54. My favourite item is this ring!!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/112284008/mini-pixel-heart-ring-vermeil-ring

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  55. I like the gold pinweel necklace!

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  56. I love the double arrow ring!

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  57. love the double arrow chevron ring!

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  58. So many pretty things! I love the gold plated headband.

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  59. The Pinwheel Necklace is definitely my fav!

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  60. Everything is beautiful! I really like the butterfly ring.

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  61. This is my favorite item! http://www.etsy.com/listing/87509602/silver-bracelet-ring-triangle-mint-white

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  62. the braid bracelet is pretty.

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  63. love this! http://www.etsy.com/listing/110876432/above-the-knuckle-ring-gold-filled

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  64. This chevron ring is fabulous! http://www.etsy.com/listing/107975199/chevron-ring-snake-ring-black-and-gold

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  65. i like the jump rope player necklace

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  66. http://www.etsy.com/listing/114981241/double-chevron-ring-snake-ring-gold?ref=v1_other_2

    so cute!

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  67. love ! http://www.etsy.com/listing/108442117/peter-pan-collar-necklace-scalloped

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  68. I love these earrings! http://www.etsy.com/listing/87234111/chevron-earrings-925-sterling-silver

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  69. I really love this necklace. too cute-

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/96217229/pinwheel-necklace-gold-mint-windmill

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  70. I love anything pinwheel, the peacock bracelet, and the peter pan collar necklace.

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  71. I LOVE the double knuckle ring.
    allisoneatschinesefood@live.com

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  72. I love the Butterfly ring - sterling silver ring.

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  73. I love the Silver Peacock Necklace! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  74. Love the bar gold necklace!

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  75. I love the Silver Peacock Necklace!

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  76. I like the Peacock feather bracelet

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  77. I love the braid bracelet navy knot!

    brittany k

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  78. I absolutely love the Peacock feather bracelet! Such a delicatésse on it! :)

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  79. I loved the Bar gold necklace - mint rectangle - minimalist jewelry - rectangle tube

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  80. I love the orange and gold triangle bracelet!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  81. i am in love with the pinwheel necklace!!

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  82. Simply stunning jewelry! My favorite is http://www.etsy.com/listing/77849223/silver-peacock-feathers-necklace

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  83. I love this - http://www.etsy.com/listing/77849223/silver-peacock-feathers-necklace

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  84. It is between the windmill ring, and the gold knot bracelet

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  85. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the chevron stud earrings in gold and mint!

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  86. My favorite item is the Silver peacock feathers necklace.

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  87. I like the Pixel Heart Ring and the Silver bracelet ring - triangle -navy blue

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  88. Being a huge gamer and geek I love the pixel heart ring and earrings - but I also like the gold plated headband

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  89. I love the braid bracelet - navy knot - brass chain!

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  90. My fave item is this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/98007112/flower-bracelet-silver-bracelet-filigree

    Thanks,
    melly66@sbcglobal.net

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  91. My favorite is the circle and triangle necklace!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  92. I like the Peacock feather bracelet.

    My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  93. I love the Windmill ring rotating pinwheel silver ring with teal blue enamel :)

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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  94. I love the triangle rings! Such beautiful colors :)

    dejesus.kirsten (at) gmail.coma

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  95. I love the http://www.etsy.com/listing/107910182/chevron-earrings-gold-mint-vermeil-studs

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  96. The 3D reindeer is exquisite. I would love it as a necklace (as it is) but also larger to sit on my bookshelf, table or verandah. Would those sizes be possible?

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  97. I like the Silver bracelet ring triangle in mint http://www.etsy.com/listing/89932002/silver-bracelet-ring-triangle-mint

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  98. I really like the Electric love - gold necklace!

    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  99. Love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74373369/two-hands-gold-curb-chain-necklace

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  100. I LOVE--> The braid bracelet - navy knot - brass chain
    SO gorgeous!

    lines2005(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  101. i want Circle necklace- triangle necklace- minimalist necklace- vermeil- black rhodium

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  102. I love the Silver bracelet ring - triangle - mint!

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  103. I think the Jump rope player- mint- gold- long necklace is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. Love the Peter Pan necklace!

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  105. The double butterfly ring is beautiful!

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  106. i love the romantic gold plated headband.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. I just love chevron! The gold and mint studs are my favorite.

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  108. New Years Resolution reminder bracelets, FOCUS, adjustable, black cord, silver charm is my favorite

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  109. I love the braid bracelet - navy knot - brass chain

    kannw27 at gmail dot com

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  110. I like the Pixel heart - sterling silver 925 earrings
    Follower via GFC: MeganP

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  111. I love the Triangle necklace - peak mountain - gold - tangerine enamel
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rg86 at nau dot edu

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  112. Erica EisenhauerJanuary 20, 2013

    I love love love love love the two hands - gold curb chain necklace!

    shinedownfan360@aol.com

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  113. I love everything but this is my fav!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/94923607/electric-love-gold-necklace

    Take Care,
    Mandy Jean
    mandyjeanchic@gmail.com

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  114. Love the mini pixel heart ring!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    –Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  115. I love the two hands - gold curb chain necklace!

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  116. I love the Butterfly ring - sterling silver ring

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  117. I really like the Triangle necklace - silver - mint

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  118. I like the Silver bracelet ring - triangle -navy blue.

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  119. I like the Flower bracelet -silver bracelet -filigree flower -handmade bracelet

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  120. Loving the Chevron ring and the two hands-golden curb necklace!

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  121. I wish she had more pieces in SILVER!!

    I love the pixel heart earrings http://www.etsy.com/listing/93091541/pixel-heart-925-sterling-silver-ring

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  122. I LOVE the Peter Pan scalopped collar!

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  123. I love the butterfly ring

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  124. This ring is lovely! http://www.etsy.com/listing/91865653/butterfly-ring-sterling-silver-ring

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  125. Love the Jump Rope Player Necklace! :D

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  126. i love the triangle rings and then golden chevron ring!

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  127. I like chevron mint and gold earrings.

    Kelly
    miamibaby01 @ yahoo com

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  128. Elizabeth WeissJanuary 21, 2013

    I love the pixel heart sterling silver ring!
    http://www.virginiemillefiori.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=109&products_id=227

    Elizabeth
    MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

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  129. I love the pinwheel earrings!

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  130. The item that I would love to have is: Pinwheel (red color) necklace gold.

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  131. peacock feather bracelet for sure!!

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  132. http://www.etsy.com/listing/87509602/silver-bracelet-ring-triangle-mint-white
    I am loving the ring bracelets....so unique!

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  133. I like the Chevron earrings.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  134. pixel heart earrings
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  135. I love the pinwheel earrings

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/87240449/pinwheel-earrings-925-sterling-silver

    Eileen BUrke

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  136. Flower short necklace

    leia617 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  137. I love the Silver Bracelet Bracelet Ring Triangle :)

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  138. I really love the silver bracelet ring.

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  139. I love the adorable little Pinwheel earrings in mint enamel!

    Jessica Eaton Ledford
    cherriesjessilee at gmail dot com

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  140. Silver peacock feathers necklace

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  141. My favorite is the Above the knuckle ring, very unique!

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  142. Beautiful shop and pieces! I love the braid bracelet and the Peter Pan collar
    thank you

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  143. 1 Tiny triangle ring- dainty ring- stackable ring- mini geometric ring

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  144. I love the Sterling Silver Pixel Heart Ring: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93091541/pixel-heart-925-sterling-silver-ring

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  145. I am in love with the peter pan collar necklace

    sammybigtoesure at gmail dot com
    facebook.com/samanthaohphotos

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  146. I love this necklace........http://www.etsy.com/listing/110879750/circle-necklace-triangle-necklace.ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

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  147. I love the Silver peacock feathers necklace - samii meyer

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  148. I like the Snake ring - sterling silver 925 - tiny ring - peacock feather

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  149. peter pan collar necklace

    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  150. I love the Jump rope player necklace. So unique!

    georgiabloom at gmail dot com

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  151. My favorite piece is the braid bracelet - navy knot - brass chain. Gaye M; rustysrambles(at)gmail(dot)com

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  152. MARY DEBORDE (M.A.D.)
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Her creations are GORGEOUS!! <3
    And I really like the Pinwheel Earrings!

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  153. I really like the triangle bracelet ring! It's so unusual!

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