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Jené DeSpain created a special collection to raise funds to hire her 1st employee & keep her NYC business local! Help her goal succeed
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Less than a week left! Support my goal to hire my 1st employee and take my next collection to NY Fashion Week 2014! THANK YOU!

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, my father a craftsman and mother an artist, my understanding of design and construction was strongly encouraged. Working next to my father in his woodshop honed my love for tools, while sketching with my mother developed my visual aesthetic. Completely self-taught, I personally craft each piece of jewelry by hand in my Brooklyn studio with a dedication to quality and from materials sourced entirely within the United States. 

At the core of my brand's philosophy is a desire to stimulate a visual and sensational experience in those exposed to my jewelry that represents my sense of New York City and its cutting-edge lifestyle. Committed to creating a sustainable product, each piece of my heirloom quality jewelry is made with attention to detail and consciousness towards the environment. Aiming to create intrigue and interaction with my clientele, I explore current culture to cultivate an evolving understanding of what women want their jewelry to express. My desired results are captivating pieces that reflect the character of each Jené DeSpain patron, as she wears my jewelry to express her own high-powered statement. 

Fashion Week is a rare opportunity to truly evoke influence in fashion. Within the fleeting minutes of a presentation is the chance to make a statement so substantial that style is potentially forever altered. For me, NYFW offers a platform to share my work with the industry’s most powerful audience of style makers on a stage that has historically been a core element to the remarkable success achieved by almost all of America’s celebrated designers.

Risks and challenges

As every piece is created by myself in my Brooklyn studio, I enjoy ensuring quality in my work, a luxury I believe is passed on to each patron of Jené DeSpain jewelry. While this can possibly lead to logistical challenges, I have prepared my material inventory and my studio to ensure completing each one of your rewards. With you as my highest priority, I am looking forward to burning the midnight oil to get your rewards to you on time.
*Especially for those who are selecting holiday gifts: I am excited about creating your special items and sending them out so they can be a part of your holiday celebrations.
Thank you so much for your support! I truly couldn't achieve this goal without you.
- Jené

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    Support Local Design - Every bit helps!
    As a huge THANK YOU, your name will be listed on my Jené DeSpain Jewelry facebook page, honoring your contribution to this project. ♥

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    THE HERITAGE COLLECTION PRINT
    Exclusive to this project: You will receive a signed print of one of the images from my new Heritage Collection lookbook. These 8 x 11 prints are professionally created on high quality card stock paper.

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    LIL TRIANGLE STUDS or LIL TRIANGLE TEA RING
    (Valued at $40)
    Exclusive to this project, I designed these lil beauties just for you. Select the pair of studs or the lil tea ring. Both are made from 100% clean American brass.

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    LII DIAMOND & LIL TRIANGLE TEA RING SET
    (Valued at $60)
    You get the set! Wear these lil beauties together or give one to your bestie. Exclusive to this project, these tea rings are made from 100% clean American brass.

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    14K GOLD LEATHER WRAP BRACELET
    (Valued at $68)
    Soft, sustainable leather is adorned with tiny studs & finished with a 14k gold studded toggle. Select jett black or fawn.

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    NYC LANDMARK DECO EARRINGS
    (Valued at $85)
    Finished with 14k earwires, your choice of 1 of these 3 styles.

    Dakota Earrings: Black Onyx or Green Onyx

    Chrysler: Red Carnelian, Black, or Green Onyx

    Empire: Red Carnelian, Black, or Green Onyx

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    DECO NATIVE EARRINGS
    (Valued at $125)
    New from The Heritage Collection, these gorgeous earrings are adorned with Jett Black and Crystal Swarovski gemstones.

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    EMPIRE EARRINGS WITH MALACHITE:
    Exclusive to this project, these special earrings feature a stunning natural cabochon of Green Malachite. Finished with 14k earwires, I only have 24 pairs available!

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    SMITH BRACELET IN 14K GOLD
    (Valued at $165)
    Inspired by Patti Smith, this gorgeous, edgy bracelet was featured on the cover of Lucky Magazine!

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    SMITH BRACELET IN SILVER
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    Inspired by Patti Smith, this gorgeous, edgy bracelet was featured on the cover of Lucky Magazine!

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    HYNDE EARRINGS IN SILVER
    (Valued at $200)
    Finished with sterling earwires and adorned with Jett Black Swarovski Crystals, these beautiful earrings are from my Queens of Noise Collection and look great styled day or night.

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    CASADY NECKLACE IN 14K GOLD
    (Valued at $230)
    Adorned with Amethyst & Black Diamond Swarovski Crystals, this stunning necklace is from my Queens of Noise Collection and hangs 18 inches in length.

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    CASADY NECKLACE IN SILVER
    (Valued at $230)
    Adorned with Sapphire & Crystal Swarovski, this stunning necklace is from my Queens of Noise Collection and hangs 18 inches in length.

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    BENETAR NECKLACE IN 14K GOLD
    (Valued at $230)
    Make a statement with this necklace! Inspired by Pat Benetar, this lightweight, but striking piece is adorned with Emerald & Jett Black Swarovski.

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    BENETAR NECKLACE IN SILVER
    (Valued at $230)
    Make a statement with this necklace! Inspired by Pat Benetar, this lightweight, but striking piece is adorned with Amethyst & Black Diamond Swarovski.

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    THE STARRLIGHT DECO NECKLACE
    (Valued at $300)
    From my new Heritage Collection, this gorgeous deco bib is sure to be your favorite go-to statement necklaces for a long time. Made from 100% clean American brass, this lightweight piece hangs 20 inches in length.

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    WILSON NECKLACE IN 14K GOLD
    (Valued at $335)
    From my Queens of Noise Collection, this glamorous necklace is a favorite among editors and clients. Achieve an instant power look when you wear this with your favorite lil black dress or paired with your weathered denim & a white tee.

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    SIOUX NECKLACE IN SILVER
    (Valued at $335)
    Adorned with vintage colored Swarovski, this geometric necklace packs a lot of glam. Colorful & bold, the Sioux Necklace hangs 18 inches in length.

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    CUSTOM JEWELRY PIECE!
    For your generous support, I would be honored to create a very special piece just for you, valued at $500.
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    Select any 2 items from www.jenedespain.com!

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    For your generous support, I would be honored to create a very special piece just for you, valued at $1000. You will also receive an invitation to be my guest at the Jené DeSpain NY Fashion Week dinner to be held during NYFW in February 2014.

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    A TRIP TO NYC FOR FASHION WEEK!
    Be my special guest during New York Fashion Week in February of 2014. Attend fashion shows and private events with me, and be a guest of honor at the Jené DeSpain NYFW dinner.
    Trip includes airfare for 1 and a 2 night hotel stay in NYC.

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    A TRIP TO NYC FOR 2!
    Be my special guests during New York Fashion Week in February of 2014. Attend fashion shows and private events with me, and be the guests of honor at the Jené DeSpain NYFW dinner.
    Trip includes airfare for 2 and a 2 night hotel stay in NYC.

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