Beverly Hills’ Own Gem
There’s a new jewelry line in town: designer Bonnie Star is making a sparkling entrance into the community with her new line, B Star Jewelry. The Beverly Hills resident of nearly 15 years started her own necklace line just two months ago and already has seen a big glimmer of success.
The former artist turned jewelry designer began making necklaces in an attempt to glam up her special occasion attire. “I had all these special events to attend and wanted special jewelry pieces to go with my outfits,” Star says. “It started as jewelry for myself and ended up turning into a business.”
The everyday casual or glam it up B Star Jewelry is a collection that combines bright colors and ornate details. “I get inspiration from natural stones, and I just love working with color!” Star says. “Also, being an artist my eye is trained to know what pieces work well together.”
Star uses sterling, crystals, ornate stones like turquoise and agate along with a mix of vintage pendants and toggle clasps to create her unique pieces. “The toggle clasps are great because you don’t need a man to help you take your necklace on and off,” Star giggled. Some of the popular items from her collection include the restyled vintage pendants along with the colored, silk woven candy chains. The biggest sellers however, are the long necklaces with crystals and small colored stones. “I’ve designed them to be worn three different ways, and people seem to keep asking for them. I just love multi-functional pieces.”
Star might be at the beginning of the road for jewelry designing but she certainly is full speed ahead. She is currently in the process of converting her art studio on Little Santa Monica to her new French-inspired jewelry boutique, and she recently had a launch party for the new B Star Jewelry line. Fashion designer and good friend Randolph Duke hosted the Nov. 22 launch at his Hollywood Hills home, and many came out to celebrate Star’s new endeavor.
You can expect much more to come from the adorable gem, but for now she is just enjoying it all. “I love what I’m doing,” Star says. “Every piece I make looks unique on different skin tones, and I just have so much fun seeing how beautiful the designs look on people.”
The B Star Jewelry line ranges from $180 to $380 and is currently sold at the Hotel Bel-Air. You can also email Star at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 993-7292. And stay on the lookout for the opening of Star’s new jewelry boutique in the near future on The Courier’s Page Ten.