Paradise, Found

Unusual materials sourced from her personal travels are the hallmark of Misty Newton’s Simply Mist jewelry line. The Las Vegas-based designer got her start costuming indie films in Hollywood. After gaining fame for her styling, Newton started her own line finding inspiration while scouring such exotic locales as Bali and Thailand. Whether you buy one of her delicate handmade lariat necklaces or colored leather bracelets, Newton ensures no two creations are exactly alike. Priced from $38 to $110.

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