Lafayette jewelry designer, Barbara Conner of Barbara Conner Jewelry is launching her collection nationally. Known locally for her unique pearl jewelry featuring freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea pearls, Conner was recently invited to Hollywood to participate in GBK’s Celebrity Gift Suite for charity during the Oscar’s weekend.
Over 80 celebrities visited Barbara’s table during the two day event. The women walked away with one of her Hip necklaces and a matching Hip bracelet made with freshwater pearls. Paula Abdul was so impressed, she asked Barbara to make her a special necklace. And Barbara’s unique designs appealed to all ages, with twenty something Annalynne McCord from Beverly Hills 90210 gushing, “I love this jewelry,” and long time soap star Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives declaring, “this is beautiful.”
The male stars were each given a necklace with a Tahitian pearl from her new Rex collection for men, which debuted at the event. Tom Arnold was visibly impressed, saying, “This looks great!” The young hunk from One Tree Hill and the Power Rangers, Michael Copon observed about his necklace, “So classy, I love it so much!”
Conner’s new fragrance, Chenier Perdue, was another big hit with men and women alike. Barbara was overhwhelmed by the response, “It’s so incredible to be here in Hollywood and get this kind of positive feedback from so many celebrities. It’s very gratifying!”
In the coming months Conner will be expanding to boutiques in California and New York, as well as offering her designs for sale on BarbaraConnerJewelry.com. Her jewelry is already a top seller here in Lafayette at Kiki’s at River Ranch and Natalee’s Interiors. She’s looking forward to taking on the rest of the country and is eyeing the international market, “Pearls are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts and my goal was to give pearl jewelry a modern makeover. I wanted to create pieces that would look as great with jeans and t-shirt as they do with an evening dress. By giving our customers the opportunity to personalize their selection, each piece becomes truly unique.” As Barbara is quick to point out, “These are not your grandmother’s pearls!”