Stylebook: Sabika previews fall/winter jewelry

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Although there‘‍s still plenty of summer left to soak up, Pittsburgh-based direct sales jewelry company Sabika is giving stylistas a reason to get psyched for fall with its upcoming collection.

Crafted by female artisans in Europe using centuries-old techniques, the fall-winter line of earrings, necklaces and bracelets is highlighted by one-of-a-kind Swarovski crystal colors, including light rose, denim blue sateen, gold shadow and jonquil antique pink. Chains in varying sizes and custom colors also are prominent -- and something a bit different for the brand.

Designer Alexandra Mayr-Gracik collaborates with her mother, founder and CEO Karin Mayr, to come up with the themes and designs for each collection. Ms. Mayr surveys key fashion trends for the season, from which her daughter pulls inspiration for the jewelry. Stud earrings, whimsical and intricate statement pendants (such as a necklace with a single rose that takes 17 steps to make) and crystals that present fresh takes on neutrals with matte stones are some of the standouts for fall and winter. Hoops, which debuted to good reception in the spring/summer line, also are back.

Once again Sabika stays true to its design philosophy: All jewelry can be mixed and matched as well as coordinated with black, white, denim or khaki.

Sabika is based in Robinson and sold through in-home trunk show parties. It has consultants in 30-plus states and earns more than $20 million in annual sales. Information:


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