Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Modern Jewellery. Vintage Delight. And a Special Giveaway!


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As a new blogger and general fashion and style enthusiast, I am extremely interested in reading and looking at the work done by my fellow bloggers. Whilst browsing through a blog called Style Shepherd, I came across a jewellery designer called John Wind. Having looked further into this, I discovered that his line was called John Wind Maximal Art and I decided to write an article about this beautiful jewellery.



John Wind is American; however, he studied Art in London in the eighties, where he first developed his passion for jewellery. The focus of his design was vintage styling with a modern twist and he used to scour Portobello market to snag unique materials for his art. John would make the pieces at home and then wear them around town. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, he was probably a fairly unusual sight but we should let him off because he was ‘arty’ and it was the eighties after all! He knocked many doors and eventually achieved success, launching John Wind Maximal Art. He chose the name 'maximal' because he felt his work drew a stark contrast to the trends that dominated the art world at the time. I suppose he was quite a maximal type of man himself!






John Wind feels that jewellery has a story to tell, that it has "soul and personality and a narrative quality". His jewellery tells many different stories as you will see from the broad range exhibited on his website. One of the pieces is named the Midsummer Night's Dream Collage Necklace – poetry meets art. It is unusually bold and beautiful yet still has delicate charm. Sounds like I’m describing lots of my gorgeous friends! That’s interesting. Jewellery is most definitely female. Obviously, it can be worn by boys and girls alike, but these beauties are definitely ladies!

So why do we love jewellery? Well firstly I think because it’s pretty. We love pretty, shiny sparkles. Special pieces guarantee to lend something to an outfit. It’s the polish, the cherry on the top, the fine tuning. If your jewellery is doing all the talking, your clothes really don’t have to work as hard. It’s like when I can’t be bothered to put makeup on, I always wear my favourite, special earrings. I think we love jewellery because it is special. I love my clothes, goodness, I can’t get enough of them but, you know, when you wear them you lean on them and sit on them, then you chuck them in a washing machine. Shoes? Well we put our feet in them and stand on them and kick them off at weddings! I mean, I wouldn’t put up with that treatment. But with jewellery it’s a completely different story. We really care for it and protect it from the dangers of the world, we take it off when we go in the shower and we put it in a special box just for jewellery and nothing else.

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So when I was out shopping at Selfridges the other day, I decided to take a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, where a John Wind piece features in a permanent collection. Unfortunately, the collection is regularly rotated and it was not on display. This was a bit disappointing but I took a look at the current jewellery collection and it was absolutely fascinating. There was jewellery that dated back to 1500 BC and I started to realise how inherent this kind of self adornment is within the human race. My gosh, we have been blinging it up for years! Wearing jewellery is clearly something that connects with us in a basic, instinctive way. It is steeped in history. But, surprisingly, even some of the very earliest pieces still had a modern feel about them. And this is where I find John Wind and his Maximal Art to be so alluring. It beautifully captures the vintage essence in a modern funky form.

The collection has a lot to offer; from trinkets and charms, to brooches, bracelets and necklaces. I love the idea of attaching brooches to strings of pearls. It’s a very clever way to update the jewellery you already have.

Now here comes the good bit. Here is your opportunity to WIN a beautiful classic John Wind brooch. Everyone say woooooooo! One of John Wind’s first ever pieces was a brooch and so we thought it would be lovely if we could give away a very special brooch to one of my readers. Is everyone excited? Here it is...


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All you have to do is become a follower of this blog, ReallyRee; Attempts at a Stylish Life, and leave a comment here about your favourite Maximal Art piece with a link to it. Leave as many comments as you like. The winner will be chosen by random.org and this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English and entered by Thursday, July 1st, 2010. The Winners will be notified and announced on Friday, May 2nd.

Good luck!












125 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of this guy, but the designs are absolutely gorgeous. so delicate but powerful.

    I looked through the site and I love this piece.

    http://maximalart.com/aids.html

    It is a charm bracelet and 50% of of the purchase price is donated to his John Wind HIV/Aids foundation.

    Charity has never looked so stylish x x

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  2. My favorite piece is the midsummer night dream collage necklace.

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  3. This is so gracious and well written-- thank you so much, Ree! I hope we meet some day. Maximally, John Wind

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  4. Don't you just love JW art jewelry?!!! It won't be long before everyone knows John Wind!

    Deborah in NC

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  5. I am your latest follower! ... #23.

    Deborah in NC

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  6. I follow (follower name is Damla).
    I like the Clear Crystal Flower Brooch: http://www.maximalart.com/J28935A.html

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  7. I follow your blog

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  8. I love the Classic Bling Necklace
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175018.html

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  9. I also like the Pom Pom Sorority Gal Silver Initial Bracelet
    http://www.maximalart.com/J287015.html

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  10. I had never heard of this designer before, so thank you for introducing me to this fantastic designer!!

    So many of his pieces are just stunningly beautiful, but I think that the Personally Yours Gold Initial and Pom Pom Bracelet is one of the nicest pieces as you could easily wear it during the day and carry it on through to the evening :-))

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269039.html

    Another fantastic blog!!
    Keep up the amazing work :-))
    xxx

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  11. Im a blog follower.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  12. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  13. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  14. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  15. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  17. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  18. I love the LOVE bracelet. super unique.

    bella_gureishi AT yahoo DOT com

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  19. I am your new follower
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  20. I love Classis Bling Bracelet
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175019.html
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  21. Enter me please! I'm a new follower, as fisiwoman.
    My favorite item is Sorority Gal Gold Initial Bracelet


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  22. enter me pls! my fav http://www.maximalart.com/J288006.html
    ipehishere[at]gmail[dot]com

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  23. I followed you :) Enter me please

    peach_ven(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I am crazy about vintage recently so I pick Compass and Key Enhancer as my favourite.

    peach_ven@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow you via GFC

    Annie1

    I adore the Springtime Collage Double Brooch
    http://www.maximalart.com/J28921.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  26. I also love the Sorority Gal Silver Initial Bracelet

    http://www.maximalart.com/J287007.html


    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  27. The Classic Bling Necklace is absolutely gorgeous

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175018.html

    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  28. The Midsummer Night's Dream Necklace is amazing!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  29. The JW Glam Pearl Hoop Earrings are amazing

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175011.html



    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  30. The Mother of Pearl Bug Brooch reminds me of my grandmother lol, not because she looked like a bug, but she had the most amazing brooches!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28934A.html

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  31. The Simple Pom Pom Necklace is lovely!

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175025.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  32. Love this:

    Love Collectors Charm Necklace

    http://www.maximalart.com/J288007.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  33. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  34. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  35. I'm following you! One of my favourites is the Classic Sorority Gal Gold Initial Necklace, which is simple and pretty.

    http://www.maximalart.com/J237052.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  36. I also love the Simple Pom Pom Necklace.

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175025.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  37. The Sparkle Heart Pearl Necklace never fail to catch my eye.

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28818.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  38. I`m following you, please enter me :)

    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  39. This Classic Bling Bracelet also cute! http://www.maximalart.com/Z175019.html


    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  40. I love the Red Crystal Key Necklace! http://www.maximalart.com/J28812F.html

    ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

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  41. I like the Pom Pom Add On Charm Enhancer
    lusizova (at) gmail.com

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  42. I like the Caged Pearl Enhancer
    http://www.maximalart.com/J269081C.html
    lusizova (at) gmail.com

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  43. I love this bracelet: http://www.maximalart.com/J288006.html

    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com

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  44. I am your new follower. I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace.

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html

    queen-of-pain(AT)yandex(DOT)com

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  45. I love the Midsummer's Night Dream necklace:

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html

    Nothing minimal about this! Love it!

    Deborah in NC

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  46. woooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

    Deborah in NC

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  47. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  48. I'm a new follower as Jenny, and here is my favorite item! (Glass Bead Blossom Earrings)

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28915C.html

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  49. The simple pom pom necklace is great too!

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175025.html

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  50. I also love the vintage flower necklace!

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z178010.html

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  51. The Sparkle Heart Add On Charm Enhancer is adorable!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28811B.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  52. The With Love Initial Bracelet with Crystal Drops is gorgeous!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J288006.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  53. I also love the simplicity of the With Love Initial Necklace with Crystal Drops!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J288004.html


    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  54. The Polka Dot Add On Charm Enhancer is also adorable!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28811C.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  55. The Love Collectors Charm Necklace is AWESOME!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J288007.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  56. This earrings are fantastic! JW Glam Pearl Hoop Earrings


    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. I just stopped back by to see when the giveaway is...you must have meant July 2 or else we missed it!! lol! I'm excited about this giveaway!

    Deborah in NC

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  58. What can I say about John Wind? His designs are truly breathtaking! Each and every single piece is so delicate and simply stunning! Absolutely adore the Classic Bling Necklace from the Society Gal Collection, really elegant and so beautiful! Another of my favorite piece is the Pearl Coil Bracelet from the Jewelry Box Collection, adding an enhancer is brilliant because it makes the bracelet more gorgeous, definitely a fashion statement!

    I'm a new follower, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  59. Sorry but I forgot to add in the links in my earlier comment!

    Link to Classic Bling Necklace

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175018.html

    Link to Pearl Coil Bracelet

    http://www.maximalart.com/J23773.html

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  60. Thanks to twitter I found this fab blog. I was wondering for a long time what the real purpose with twitter was, I think I found it :)


    My favourite pieace is the Eiffel Tower Enhancer as I'm longing to go to Paris.
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z162018C.html

    Have a wonderful day.
    Dena
    beingdena.wordpress.com
    beingdena@gmail.com

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  61. http://www.maximalart.com/J237052.html

    Another amazing blog. My favourite piece is the simple initial gold necklace.

    Keep writing!xxx

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  62. Hi ,
    I am a follower shaima812
    sh.11175@yahoo.com

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  63. Wow!
    Red Crystal Key Necklace
    so simple and lovely
    love the red heart
    http://www.maximalart.com/J28812F.html

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  64. Special piece to have
    Love Collectors Charm Necklace
    amazing with short sleeveless dress
    http://www.maximalart.com/J288007.html

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  65. I love all of the pieces on the site. They're so unique, but also classic x

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  66. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  67. The Classic Pom Pom Earrings are beautiful

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z149007.html

    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  68. I also love the Yellow Blossom Brooch!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28935B.html

    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  69. The Turquoise Bug Brooch is lovely and whimsical

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28935C.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  70. The Sorority Gal Siver Initial Bracelet is lovely

    http://www.maximalart.com/J287007.html

    ty

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  71. The Mother of Pearl Initial is gorgeous

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269018.html

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  72. The Zodiac Enhancer Cancer (how poetic) ;-) is lovely and perfect for me

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269045G.html

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  73. http://www.maximalart.com/J287015.html

    i like that one.
    tiffypoot@aol.com

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  74. I like this one too...
    http://www.maximalart.com/C100001.html
    Item No. C100001
    John Wind AIDS Jewelry Project Keychain
    tiffypoot@aol.com

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  75. Ok....last one. I would love to have this.

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269045F.html
    Item No. J269045F
    Zodiac Enhancer (Gemini)
    tiffypoot@aol.com

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  76. Very smart earrings! Classic Pom Pom Earrings



    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  77. so so lovely! Mm...thought i entered already, guess not!

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  78. RT http://twitter.com/somekindofstyle/status/17198813285 on Twitter!

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  79. I love this brooch: Turquoise Bug Brooch



    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. I really like the Classic Bling Necklace.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175018.html

    jami_reid[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  81. The Teardrop Pearl Enhancer is beautiful

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269081B.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  82. Also love the Merry Christmas Enhancer

    http://www.maximalart.com/J286016A.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  83. Love the Snowflake Crystal Enhancer

    http://www.maximalart.com/J286016B.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  84. The Skull Enhancer is very cool

    http://www.maximalart.com/J284036.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  85. Love the Caged Pearl Enhancer

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269081C.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  86. The Gold Initial and Pom Pom Bracelt is gorgeous

    http://www.maximalart.com/J269039.html


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  87. Lucky girl!! I saw a picture of you with Mr. Wind! How exciting! You look great!

    Deborah in NC

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  88. This bracelet is fantastic! Sorority Gal Silver Initial Bracelet

    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  89. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    I love the Midsummer Night Dream Collage Necklace!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  90. I'm GFC follower Janinay

    Love this:

    Love Collectors Charm Necklace

    http://www.maximalart.com/J288007.html


    jusiplabninsky(at)yahoo.com

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  91. Hi I follow you with GFC as joanne.j
    I love the Red Crystal Key Necklace, it;s so beautiful!

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  92. I like the Pom Pom Add On Charm Enhancer too!
    I posted your giveaway on my twitter
    http://twitter.com/joannej1982/status/17393423821

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  93. I think the Polka Dot Add On Charm Enhancer is cute!

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  94. The Sparkle Heart Add On Charm Enhancer is really beautiful :)

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  95. I would love to own a necklance like this one With Love Initial Necklace with Crystal Drops

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  96. I don't wear bracelet often but I really like the With Love Initial Bracelet with Crystal Drops

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  97. I also like Love Collectors Bracelet

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  98. Wow the Love Collectors Charm Necklace is simply gorgeous!

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  99. I love the Red Heart Earrings! They're beautiful..

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  100. The Sparkle Heart Pearl Necklace is totally perfect and beautiful!

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  101. I'm a follower and my favorite piece is the Pom Pom Sorority Gal Gold Initial Necklace http://www.maximalart.com/J237043.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  102. The Classic Sorority Gal Silver Initial Necklace is a beauty!
    http://www.maximalart.com/J287001.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  103. I'm in love with this Sorority Gal Silver Initial Bracelet
    http://www.maximalart.com/J287007.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  104. One my my favorite is this Sparkle Heart Add On Charm Enhancer http://www.maximalart.com/J28811B.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  105. I like this Pom Pom Add On Charm Enhancer http://www.maximalart.com/J28811A.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  106. This Red Crystal Key Necklace is a beautiful piece of work! http://www.maximalart.com/J28812F.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  107. Wow! The JW Signature Pearl and Pom Pom Necklace is really gorgeous!
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z174023.html

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  108. The Simple Pom Pom Necklace looks simple yet so beautiful.
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z175025.html

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  109. The JW Glam Pearl Hoop Earrings is lovely! http://www.maximalart.com/Z175011.html

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

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  110. My favorite piece is the Midsummer Night Dream Collage necklace. It is so beautiful!!!

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html

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  111. I want the Pom Pom Sority Gal Silver Initial Necklace, it's gorgeous! http://www.maximalart.com/J287009.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  112. The Petite Initial Enhancer makes a good gift to loved ones and friends!
    http://www.maximalart.com/J251028.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  113. I'm in love with this beautiful and special Teardrop Pearl Enhancer http://www.maximalart.com/J269081B.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  114. I also like the Cotton Ball Pearl Enhancer http://www.maximalart.com/J269081A.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  115. I also like the Whistle Enhancer http://www.maximalart.com/J269076A.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  116. The Caged Pearl Enhancer is sweet and pretty!
    http://www.maximalart.com/J269081C.html

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

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  117. I love lots of them but my favourite is the Midsummer Night Dream necklace.

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28907.html

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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  118. Last Day, Last Day! Gotta Win, Gotta Win!!

    xxx

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  119. This is gorgeous -

    http://www.maximalart.com/Z174023.html

    xxx

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  120. Really liking the broaches too

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28921.html

    xxx

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  121. These are great for day and evening wear -
    http://www.maximalart.com/Z149007.html

    xxx

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  122. Really love this keyring -

    http://www.maximalart.com/J28811C.html

    xxx

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  123. I love this charm: Skull Enhancer


    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  124. This necklace is fantastic too: Classic Bling Necklace


    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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