Best Jewelry Designer (2003)

Mari Carmen Ibarra of Contemporary Stones

She's exotically beautiful, she speaks four languages, and she designs killer jewelry. Mexican-born Mari Carmen Ibarra's trademark is unusual clasps -- one popular version resembles a ribbon of 18-karat gold. Her contemporary designs, appropriately sold under the name Contemporary Stones, also feature long strands of freshwater pearls and other semiprecious stones. No wonder the ultracool design store Kuhl-Linscomb decided to carry her earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Check out Kuhl-Linscomb's selection, or go straight to the source at the Contemporary Stones Midtown studio.

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