Giveaway :: Minicyn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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How many pieces of jewelry do you own? Now, how many do you actually wear? I am smack dab in the middle of a “no jewelry” phase (I blame having small children) and I’ve noticed that my jewelry box has also grown smaller as the years progress. I am much more particular about the pieces I keep and every single thing I own has a special place in my heart. This type of curating has also led me to the stop collecting the fluff pieces. You know, the inexpensive and trendy pieces that either break or change color or lose appeal once the new season hits. This makes it much easier to pack for a quick weekend trip, to be honest. I don’t worry about taking something that will work because at this point, everything works.

Oh, Minicyn. You have won my heart with your simple and chic handcrafted gorgeousness. This, people, is the kind of jewelry I am talking about. Cynthia Nge (the beauty behind Minicyn) creates stunning pieces from her atelier in Paris (your wanderlust satiated in one stop shopping!) and her graceful designs are the types of jewelry that you discuss in hushed whispers. When someone admires your “Brandy Brute Diamond Organic Ring” you sigh and smile with a nod of the head. You wear your “Bigger Faceted Diamond-like Sterling Silver Studs” and your neck elongates as you walk because you feel so proud. This is the kind of jewelry that makes you feel like traveling to foreign lands, makes you feel like visiting all the corners of your hometown with your children, makes you remember that your home is with you at all times no matter the geography. This is the type of jewelry that makes you want to wear jewelry again.

Minicyn is giving away one pair of Baby Silver Sparkles Earrings to one winner and one Golden Nipply Solid Silver Disc Pendant Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter, please answer the following question by Tuesday, August 28th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the most interesting piece of jewelry you own?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Lucy W. says:

    Probably a  realistic-looking painted gold fish pendant my grandmother got me from Jerusalem! I wear it most days. It’s become a staple.

  2. 2
    heather f says:

    My wedding ring of course and a beautiful turquoise necklace that my parents bought me about 30 years ago

  3. 3
    Juliet Farmer says:

    my “survivor” pendant necklace a jewelry-making friend made for me to celebrate my breast cancer survivorship

  4. 4
    Tabetha says:

    A wonderful embroidery necklace– a sweet sparrow on a blue background with a copper pendant/frame!

  5. 5
    Anne K says:

    A silver necklace from Taxco, Mexico that is a design that goes back for centuries!

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    jane says:

    a simple pendant with a picture of a coffee cup from my (former) best friend, i’m glad we can still go out and chitchat about small stuff over coffee even though we’re no longer as close as we once were 🙂

  7. 7
    Jessica says:

    My pearls. My grandmother added one per day until my wedding day when she completed my necklace and gave it to me wear on my big day!

  8. 8
    sam says:

    My Grandmother’s diamond engagement ring – it was very unique and expensive for its time (1930 ) and when I where it I am always asked where did I get that ring, etc… 

  9. 9
    Rebekah says:

    my sister-in-law gave me a pendant with ancient sanskrit script on parchment under glass – it’s earthy, unique and i love it!

  10. 10
    Alexis S. says:

    I have a necklace that has always seemed off balance with the variety of large beads, for it certainly isn’t symmetrical and neither does it really make sense. I’ve always thought it the most unique piece in my jewelry collection.

  11. 11
    Aleta says:

    My dad bought me a pendant on one of his business trips to Egypt. It’s gold and turquoise and unlike anything I’ve ever seen elsewhere.

  12. 12
    Nikki H. says:

    I think that my wedding ring is pretty unique. I also have a silver anklet with tiny little bells on it that a friend brought back from Pakistan which is pretty neat.

  13. 13
    Brittany says:

    i love my livestrong braclet. i’ve worn it since the day i found out my dad had cancer. i never take it off and i always have a backup if it breaks.

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    My engagement ring is very different. It’s a beautiful dark blue sapphire that is cushion cut – a cross between round and square. The band has a V on either side and there are diamonds surround the center stone and throughout the band. It looks like an antique and it was bought in an antique store, but it had never been worn. It’s stunning and oh, so different.

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    Rinny says:

    On a super weird date a few years back, we stopped by my date’s friend’s house to pick something up. His friend turned out to be a glass blower and each piece he makes is completely unique. He was so nice (I think he recognized how awkward I felt on the date) and gave me a heart-shaped glass pendant. It’s become a staple in my summer wardrobe; and, it’s got a great story behind it, too.

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    Luisa says:

    My mom’s silver necklace. it was purchased decades ago and my mom gave it to me to wear. Its special cuz when i wear it, i feel my mom near.

  17. 17
    Tiffany says:

    I am a super duper Disney Dork, but I’m not into the cheesy Disney wear. A while back they had collectible dishes at the park available for purchase at different cafes in the park. Cute, but I passed it up. Years later at a music festival (bumbershoot) I came across a gal who made jewelry out of china pieces and there was a pretty pendant with my Disney china!! I’m wearing it today. A touch of unique & crafty Disney.

  18. 18
    Valerie C. says:

    My dad’s class ring. It’s all gold with no stones….interesting design too. 

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    Meg T says:

    My floating opal necklace is one of the most unique things I own. I remember sitting in church as a little girl, watching the light catch the pieces of opal as they slowly fell from side to side as I tilted the necklace back and forth. I feel so lucky this little treasure was passed down to me!

  20. 20
    Loretta says:

    I’d have to say my wedding and engagement rings. Although they wouldn’t be considered interesting to someone else, nothing else I have has more meaning to me!

  21. 21
    Berit says:

    It’s a small dainty collar pin made of Mother of Pearl that my 100 year old Grandmother handed down to me. Simple and sentimental

  22. 22
    Melelina says:

    My engagement ring, which I will own soon :), made of recycled gold and raw black diamond!

  23. 23
    Lauren Guilbeau says:

    The most interesting piece of jewelry I own is some pink power ranger earrings from high school!

  24. 24
    hanna says:

    I have these really pretty earrings made by the person who made some jewelry for the movie Frida, but they broke.

  25. 25
    Erin says:

    My Mom’s maiden name is Button, so she got her 3 daughters silver button pendants. I wear mine all the time and always get asked about it.

  26. 26
    Peyton says:

    My most interesting piece of jewelry would certainly have to be my book necklace from Peg&Awl. Yes, you heard me correctly – an actual working book (about 3/4″) and the cover is made from mid-century leather. It has actual working pages (you can even right in it). I get so many looks and questions. I mean, how many people do you see with a book around there neck! Interesting, and unique!

  27. 27
    Jess Weipert says:

    i have this ring that has a bunch of stones, and it kinda looks like the top of a mushroom, very different, but that’s what makes me love it!

  28. 28
    Madeline says:

    my parent’s bought me a pendant year’s ago.  i took to wearing it every day.  it’s just a simple M for my name, but it reminds me of them.  i spent a year traveling and i never took it off.  every once in a while i think i need a new charm for my necklace, but this one is my heart.

  29. 29
    joanne says:

    This may not be interesting to anyone else but me, but My Grandmother had her engagement ring designed especially for her second marriage in the 60s.  It still looks so modern and eye catching even now!  I love wearing it and getting comments about it every time I do!

  30. 30
    Angi in CO says:

    A fingernail sized hammered gold nugget butterfly that I wear all the time on a delicate silver and gold twisted chain. The butterfly belonged to my mother when she was going thru difficult times in her life and the chain was given to me by my husband for our 19th anniversary. Both pieces have textured, shiny and matte areas and remind me of the ups & downs we all go through.

  31. 31
    Courtney says:

    I own a gold brooch of a fawn (deer), it used to be my grandmother’s, and while I was going through some her things after her death, I found the brooch and every time I wear it, I reminded of her.

  32. 32
    Valerie says:

    Probably the most interesting is a necklace/earring set my sister-in-law sent me from Ecuador. It’s purple and beautiful.

  33. 33
    echo says:

    I have a collection of vintage brooches that began as a kid with my grandma’s costume jewelry to play dress up. I add to it when something grabs me. I love their character and the story behind them, and how I can so easily add personality to any outfit. My favorites are the animals… there’s nothing quite so unexpected as a coiled snake on a pink cardigan.

  34. 34
    Maria says:

    My most interesting piece of jewellery is an antique  ivory pendant that features a hand carved deer. I bought it before deers started trending.

  35. 35
    Amy Grace says:

    grandpa’s wedding band, he has passed away, but that silver ring in its simplicity is amazing!

  36. 36
    Lindsay says:

    A small gold ring that used to be my Nana’s. It was my first piece of jewelry when I was a girl and was always my most valued possession. She had it polished down and replaced her initials with mine. I wear it on my pinky now! Crazy because it fits on her ring finger.

  37. 37
    Katherine says:

    A sterling silver necklace made up of 3 pendants that my partner designed and got 3d printed. The pendants are composed of 3 parts, each part is made up of hexagons and triangles mathematically based on an islamic tile pattern that I really liked while we were in Turkey. The parts can be put together in so many combinations that it’s never the same necklace. It’s the most wonderful piece of jewellery that I own and it was for my 30th!

  38. 38
    Dana says:

    A leather and pearl bracelet.  It was a gift from my best friend.  She said that it combined strength and grace, like me.  

  39. 39
    Ella P. says:

    an owl necklace given by my mother in law. 😀

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    melanie says:

    I get the most comments on my gold honeycomb ring, with a little golden bee resting on top. But I also own a necklace which almost exactly matches those earrings, oddly enough, so /that’s/ pretty interesting to me!

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    a tiny silver pendant w/my husband’s fingerprint

  42. 42
    Linnea says:

    A secretary pencil necklace from the 1950’s. It has a cat’s head with rhinestone eyes. I have never seen anything like it. A fun thrift store find! 

  43. 43
    Emma says:

    A bracelet my tiny cousin made for me. It is made of home-made, hand-shaped clay beads and none of them are round although round was most definitely their intented form. Some are painted red (and the paint stains my wrist like something crazy), others a shocking pink. The colors clash wildly with one another, with whatever I wear, with my skintone, with the air around me – truly with everything. I wear this bracelet all the time and love it with all my heart. My tiny cousin is awesome. <3

  44. 44
    Christina P says:

    The button pendant I made a few months ago. I used coordinating turquoise buttons and I always get many compliments and surprise looks when I tell people I made it myself.

  45. 45
    Stacy says:

    My wedding ring. It is my husband’s grandmother’s. It’s tiny, perfect and filled with years of happy unions.

  46. 46
    Sarah Jane says:

    The most interesting piece of jewelry that I own is a pair of earrings that I picked up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They are made of several steam-punk inspired pieces of metal with a tiny photo of a woman’s profile in the last drop of the dangle.

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    Maire K says:

    A little silver replica of the eiffel tower or my old Estonian coin replica pendant.

  48. 48
    Kellie says:

    I don’t know if its interesting to anyone but me, but I love a pair of earrings from a local artist that have a unique patter to them. I’m not sure how to even describe it, but they are beautiful to see!

  49. 49
    Meghan says:

    I own about seven pieces of jewelry and the most interesting is a brooch that was my grandmothers– a bare silver tree holding an opal moon inside an oval.

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    HNR says:

    My bracelet that features a gold-dipped real acorn!