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BUYS:Mimi Kim jewelry shines at boutiques

GREER'S BEST

August 06, 2007|By GREER WYLDER

Local jewelry designer Mimi Kim first started creating modern and stylish jewelry for herself and friends. Her classic and chic designs caught the attention of boutique owners. Now her jewelry line has exploded.

Kim designs beautiful handmade necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, bridal jewelry and even Mini-Mimi designs for girls. Her delicate designs of natural gemstones, mother-of-pearl and coin pearls are hand-wrapped in sterling silver or 14-carat rolled gold. Mimi's passion for design is apparent in her eye-catching teardrop earrings, multi-faceted briolette dangle necklace and hand-wrapped pretty pink freshwater pearl ring (prices vary from $58 for earrings to $196 for a necklace).

Local boutiques carrying the Mimi Kim line include Petals in Huntington Beach (714) 536-0025, Selvaggio at Fashion Island in Newport Beach (949) 759-6877, elle H. Boutique in Laguna Beach (949) 715-1345, Stephanie James Couture in Huntington Beach (714) 960-7400 and Citrine in Newport Beach (949) 838-0215; www.mimikimjewelry.com .

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