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The Woods for Chris Benz: Heaven on Earth


Courtly stones and Mother Nature’s touch: I have been a fan of The Woods jewels for years, and I’m so excited to see Shawn and Samantha’s first collaboration with Chris Benz, now online at Moda Operandi. Chris Benz was inspired by “the idea of Bermuda” for his Resort 2012 collection and with vivid colors and painterly patterns, the earthly treasures created by The Woods are a flawless complement. The luxury-loving gypsy Benz has imagined (abstract leopard prints, swingy baby doll dresses, silky Bermuda shorts) would be undefined without these rustically beautiful jewels.

Using nature’s finest as their inspiration – think thrashing waves on velvety beaches and African vibrancy – the sister duo has melded sandalwood, diamonds, and pearls into necklaces of understated elegance. Fossilized ivory beads on the Silver Delica necklace ($1,150) take on a raw glittering quality; completed with a pave diamond elephant bead and lapis-colored tassel, you’ve instantly got all the exoticism you need. The Delica necklace ($1,150), of sandalwood beads and aqua-blue tassel, sets a more casual sand-meets-surf mood. This is the kind of relaxed opulence that demands to be layered to excess, so hop onto to Moda Operandi to snag the look of the earthy jetsetter without leaving your house!


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