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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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