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Oana Mirela is a conceptual jewelry brand working to create bold and intricate jewelry, one piece at a time.

Jewelry is at a perfect intersection between art and fashion. It is art in the purest sense, focusing on aesthetics, color, clarity, and form. But it is also an essential component of fashion. At Oana Mirela, we believe jewelry is more than an accessory: a great piece can tell a story, make a statement, or capture a sentiment. Our jewelry is creative, thoughtful, and bold, but ultimately it is about expression;  it is art you take with you.

The jewelry at Oana Mirela is made using the lost-wax casting method, which involves hand carving wax to make the final metal pieces. This ancient technique allows for unlimited versatility and creativity in designing new collections. More than anything, we wish to expand on our ideas for future collections (they are really awesome). In order for these collections to come to life, we need your support and contributions!

The money raised from this kickstarter project will go toward the trade show fee as well as producing the Fall 2013 collection, traveling to NY, and producing the orders from your kickstarter donations! By attending the Designers & Agents show in New York, Oana Mirela jewelry will be exposed to buyers allowing the brand to grow and succeed.

We encourage any donation, even a little goes a long way! We are offering 12 different reward items, and as extra incentive, several pieces from the Oana Mirela collections are being offered as rewards at a reduced price. This is a kickstarter special, so once the project ends, so does the markdown (get them while they're cheap!). Any donation of $12 or more will receive a thank you card, and if you cannot contribute but want to help, please spread the word to others!

Thank you so much!

***If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.***

$12 - Thank You Card

A hand illustrated thank you card made specifically for kickstarter donations!

$25 - 8"x11" Print of the thank you card illustration.

The same illustration as the thank you card on a larger scale - a great way to show your support!

$42 - Bronze Edelweiss Ring with "liebe" inscribed inside.

A delicate and feminine ring that can be worn with anything. Please email me your ring size and it's all yours!

$60 - Bronze Daffodil Pendant on a gold-plated chain.

$75 - Bronze Melting Mermaid Pendant on a gold plated chain.

$90 - Bronze Asymmetric Bangle Set with Carnelian or Pyrite


With this incentive you have options! Please email me your preference between the red carnelian and the silvery pyrite.

$175 - Bronze Ore Cuff and Ring with Carnelian or Pyrite

(Not to scale! The ring is not actually as big as the cuff!)
(Not to scale! The ring is not actually as big as the cuff!)

Just as with the Bangle Set, you have two color options to choose from! Please email me your preference for either red carnelian or silvery pyrite, as well as your ring size.

$280 - Marie Antoinette Sailing the Seas Ring in Silver

The Marie Antoinette ring is definitely a statement piece! This is a great cocktail ring and conversation starter. It is made entirely out of sterling silver and covered with intricate detail. Please remember to email me your ring size and Miss Antoinette will be all yours!

$1,000 - Personalized Chinese Zodiac and Horoscope Necklace

This is an example of what your zodiac/horoscope necklace might look like. I'm currently making a Leo and Tiger necklace for myself and have the finished lion and in-progress tiger to show you! And they are actually this big in real life! What can I say? I love big statement jewelry! The two felines will be fastened to a sturdy collar necklace. The lion/tiger will fall on my collar bone, imitating cape fasteners. I think they will look just as great on a tee shirt as on an LBD.

*Special thanks to Florentin Alupoaie, Dan Cashman, and Nicole Salmeri for helping make this project come to life! You are all bright, shiny gems in my life!

**Nicole Salmeri is the genius behind this beautifully made Kickstarter video. I could never ever have it done it without her help and talent! Check out Nicole's website to see more of her awesome videos and photos:http://citysymmetry.com/

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Like with any project, risks and challenges are an inherent part, and our project is no exception.

Potential risks for Oana Mirela upon successful completion of our Kickstarter project are like those for any other product-based service. We need to be sure to obtain the required materials and facilities to produce the jewelry rewards expected in a timely fashion. We believe that we are well-equipped for this, and the potential risk of too much demand, and falling behind on delivery dates, will not be an issue because of the local casting companies available in San Diego.

If the demand is too high for the Oana Mirela team, we are ready and willing to employ those local teams of experts so that your jewelry will make it to you in a timely manner, and be of the highest quality.

Thank you for your help and contributions!

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    For any pledge of $12 or more you get a beautifully illustrated thank you card with a personalized note on the back. Every little bit helps, thanks!

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    For any pledge of $25 or more you get an 8"x11" print of the thank you card, featuring illustrated jewelry pieces from the Oana Mirela collections!

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    For $42 or more, you get the edelweiss ring in bronze! It is inscribed with "liebe" on the inside and is filled with love. You also get a thank you card! Please remember to email me about your ring size!

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    For $60 or more, you get the daffodil pendant in bronze, on a delicate gold-plated chain. You also get the thank you card of course!

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    For $75 or more, the melting mermaid pendant is all yours! Just like the wicked witch from Oz, our mermaid friend is also melting. But in a much nicer bronze sheen.The pendant comes with a delicate gold-plated chain and a thank you card to boot!

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    For $90 or more you get the asymmetric bangle set in your choice of carnelian or pyrite cabochons. They can be worn loose on your wrist, or as a statement arm band. You also get a thank you card! Please email me your stone preference!

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    For $175 or more, you get the Ore Cuff and Ring with either red carnelian or silvery pyrite cabochons! If only mineral deposits always came in ready-to-wear forms! You also get a heart-felt thank you card, and please remember to email me your stone preference!

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    Marie Antoinette Sailing the Seas Ring in silver. This ring is our best seller and full of tiny, intricate details such as a sweet sea monster riding the waves of her hair, an anchor on the ship, a scallop, barnacles, and a star fish. Not to mention a beauty mark on her little face! A thank you card is also yours, and please email your ring size so that it fits perfectly!

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    Do you like the Marie Antoinette ring but wish it were a different historical (or fictional/current/imaginary) figure? For a donation of $500 or more, I will make you a custom designed ring of the person of your choice! This is a great one for the gentlemen too! Let your imagination run wild! Be it Jane Goodall, Han Solo, Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth, Genghis Khan, "The Dude" from the Big Lebowski, or anything in between, it's yours! The thank you card will also come with your personalized ring, just remember to email me your ring size with your idea!

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    For $1,000 or more, I will make you a personalized zodiac and horoscope necklace, in either bronze or silver. I will contact you throughout the design process so that you end up with a piece exactly to your liking! (And then no one will ever need ask you "What's your sign?" ever again.) You of course get a thank you card as well for your contribution!

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    For a donation of $2,000 or more, I will make you two custom designed pieces of jewelry! You will be involved throughout the entire process to ensure you get the jewelry of your dreams! (Pending certain limitations of course. A platinum, diamond-encrusted necklace for example, would not be feasible.) I will also name a piece of jewelry after you in a future collection! And a thank you card will be headed your way for your generous contribution!

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    Ever wanted to create your own jewelry COLLECTION? With this donation, you can! If you donate $5,000 or more I will work with you to create eight pieces of your dream jewelry line! There are certain material limitations (diamonds and gold are expensive!), but creatively speaking, there are no limitations whatsoever! I will also name three pieces in future collections after you, and you will of course receive the thank you card for your generous contribution!

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