EXCLUSIVE: Real Housewives of New York Kelly Bensimon on her Navajo-Inspired Jewelry Line

08/25/2009 at 11:11 AM ET

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The Real Housewives of New York star might have been wary of lending her name to a charity invitation last season, but now her moniker sits proudly on her own jewelry line. Kelly Killoren Bensimon has teamed up with Mouawad — the same brand that works with Nicole Richie — to create a Navajo-inspired jewelry line. “Everyone talks about being green and being respectful of America, but no one has done something that is Navajo-inspired,” Kelly tells PEOPLE. “Women love diamonds and sparkles, but nothing is sexier than Navajo-inspired bling.” The former Elle Accessories editor says she is aiming to make high-end costume jewelry affordable for every budget. Kelly’s pieces range from $30 medallions to $500 crystal adorned cuffs and include bangles and earrings that are meant to be layered. “When I teamed with Mouawad, I wanted to do something really sexy and cool and fun,” says Kelly. And while this marks Kelly’s third jewelry line — the first was a collection of medallions, the second a modern metal-inspired line — this time around, Kelly took inspiration from childhood memories of her mother. “My mother looked like Pocahontas and was obsessed with jewelry, so I really learned at young age how accessories can change your look in an inexpensive way.” Kelly will be showing her line at Fashion Week come September, but in the meantime, you can get your hands on it at intermixonline.com. Tell us: Will you buy Kelly Bensimon’s jewels?

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LBW on

Those are beautiful. I would love to own one, but completely out of my price range.

Traci on

I think they are beautiful pieces but I can’t imagine paying that much for these…and not sure having her name “attached” to a product can bring any good to her advertising…if we go back to the charity meeting with Jill, Kelly was so vocal about not having her name associated with anything!

Meg on

Kelly needs to go. She is crazy, no one is going to spend 500$ on a bracelet that was inspired by the fact that her mom looked like a disney character. WAHHHH!

Terry on

I agree that these bracelets are way out of my price range and also that Kelly is a snob and I would never support anything associated with her.

L.V. on

They are beautiful!

Renee on

Navajo inspired? Did she consult with any Native People on these designs or at least acknowledge any designers who are Native to this country?

Yarngoddess on

What’s not creative about these things? And what current designs have not been “taken” from another culture or been inspired by something we’ve seen in museums, shops, on glossy magazine pages or on the runways. I would rather spend money on something original like one of these items, than on a copy-cat item at Kohl’s or Walmart.

Gin on

Better yet, buy directly from Navajo artisans. They are very talented craftspeople and have a beautiful way of life that deserves support.

kathy on

i think i made something like this back in the 70s.

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