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Breathtaking Fashion Jewelry for the Modern Woman

Athena Designs

Athena Designs features stunning fine fashion jewelry with pieces focusing on semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, and gold fill. Barbara Levin, owner, and exclusive and sole designer of Athena Designs, showcases her creativity and talent in her changing and evolving seasonal collections. Barbara has an eye for creating pieces that are subtle, yet stylish, and takes pride in using the finest quality components of stone, pearls, crystals, and metals in every single one of her pieces. Each necklace is adorned with a silver or gold quality tag stamped with the company name. While Barbara did not major in fashion Athena Designsor design, she always possessed a natural inclination and innate talent for creating beautiful things. She has always followed the path of creativity, from designing children’s clothing and motifs for crystal paperweights and awards to being a successful art dealer. Barbara took to heart her one of her mentor’s advice that “if you are truly a designer, you can design jewelry or water facets if you focus on the product.” As a jewelry lover since the tender age of 12, she always took time to shop and study jewelry in her travels throughout Europe, Thailand, India, Nepal, Morocco, and the U.S.

Athena DesignsAthena Designs sprung from her successful gift company, which originally imported and distributed glass and crystal from Europe. Her inspiration to actually design jewelry began in 1995 when she became enamored with glass beads during her visit to Murano, Italy. She was so in love with the Murano beads, that she brought home $10,000 worth of them! Upon her return to California, she and her staff enrolled in jewelry classes and began selling simple pieces to museum gift shops, galleries, and then taking special orders from Princess Cruises and the Bellagio Las Vegas. Today, Athena Designs is a nationally distributed jewelry company with accounts in Canada, Japan, the West Indies, and the Caribbean. Barbara’s most memorable moment was when she had the pleasure of watching women of all ages joyfully shop her first trunk show at La Quinta Resort Palm Desert in 2001. Barbara says, “to have them love the jewelry and the prices was just a moment that seemed to confirm that I was doing the right kind of work.’ Her future aspirations include traveling to different regions of the world to select new stones and learn the different jewelry making techniques of those regions to incorporate them into her future collections.

Athena Designs One of my favorite collections is her Blue Quartz and Sterling Silver. This truly classic piece is an eye catcher, and the icy cool blue of the quartz against the sleek silver is modern and chic. This necklace (NCRP743BQ) is also a longer piece, meant to be doubled as two layers, made of finely cut blue quartz, freshwater pearls, and sterling silver disks alternating along the chain. Both layers sit with its deep V design, each holding a larger faceted pendant blue quartz as its centerpiece. The matching earrings (ECL753BQ) are brilliant teardrop blue quartz droplets with matching briolettes hanging from tiny silver hoops with creamy petite white pearls.

Athena DesignsThe Sterling Silver Disks Necklace (NCL443W), with miniature luminous silver disks and tiny white pearls cascading down a silver chain is very bohemian and will liven any outfit. The silver disks of different shapes have a unique brushed texture, which fold inward and curve in varying degrees. The matching earrings (EC3443GY) have three silver disks, which go from smaller to larger, that dangle delicately with miniature gray pearls.

Athena DesignsIf you want to wear colors without being loud, the Mixed Semi Precious Stone necklace (NCR777MS) is absolutely stunning. Made with citrine, green chalcedony, rose quartz, clear quartz, and blue quartz, the intermixing of these various stones creates a delicate and feminine chain. I adore the soft milky green of the chalcedony combined with the cool brightness of the citrine and pink hues of the quartz. This sterling silver necklace is longer in length so that it can wrap around as double strands of a necklace.

Athena DesignsAthena Designs also features a Black Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silver collection. This pendant (NCP433BMP) displays a flat teardrop black mother of pearl with accompanying brushed sterling silver beads and briolettes, suspended with a Athena Designssilver hammered ring. As you can see, with every necklace, there are a variety of matching earrings to choose from. These earrings (ECL333BMP) are made with the same teardrop cut black mother of pearl as the necklace, with a lush cluster of tiny pearls and stones dangling alongside.

A completely unique combination that I have not seen elsewhere is her Rutilated Quartz and Gold Fill collection. This necklace (NCGP74RQZ) features a Athena Designslarge single rutilated quartz pendant droplet decorated with rutilated quartz briolettes hanging Athena Designsfrom a diamond shaped gold link, attached to a detailed gold fill necklace. This stone has needle-like crystal inclusions inside quartz resembling small bars of imbedded gold. The Rutilated Quartz earrings (ECLG774RQZ) are rutilated quartz teardrops with petite briolettes, that dangle mid-length with sparkle and shine.

Athena DesignsThe combination of Clear Quartz and Sterling is very simple, yet crisp. The necklace (NCL474QTZ) has a sterling silver hammered pendant hoop hanging against glistening clear quartz teardrops and a brushed sterling bead. Athena DesignsThe teardrop cut beautifully clear quartz earrings (EL277QTZ) are an elegant choice for day or night as it sparkles and captivates.

Athena Designs offers some stunning pieces for brides and bridesmaids. The Pearl and Sterling Silver collection is polished and Athena Designscontemporary. Voluptuous alabaster pearls glisten with their silky shine, alternating between delicate sterling silver circle chain links (NC3004W). This will complete any bridal gown, along with its matching earrings and bracelet. This piece is also great in dressing up a sharp business suit by giving it some Chanel couture and femininity.

The 14kt Gold Fill Necklace collection also features lovely pendant designs that are both antique and modern. Athena DesignsThis necklace (NGCP4004) is a teardrop gold frame pendant accented with smaller varying gold rings and ovals falling gracefully inside. This modern design is striking when worn with a black tee or a simple cocktail dress.

Athena DesignsWhile everything in the spring 2008 collection is stunning, the green amethyst collection is by far Barbara's favorite and notes "I think the color of the stone is so soft and appealing. The stone cuts I was able to find also added to the excitement about designing the collection." This necklace (NC2G737YG) is artfully designed with two offset gold strands that sit V-shaped on the neckline. The strands are adorned with miniature lustrous pearls and green amethyst briolettes, with a single beautifully cut rectangular green amethyst riding gracefully in the center of the outer strand. The light hue of green is so faint that it is the perfect essential piece for spring. The matching earrings (EGL784YG) with rectangular cut green amethyst drops are simple, yet elegant in capturing the light. Athena Designs

Barbara believes that it is a great blessing in life to find a way to make a living from a personal passion, but is wise to firmly plant her roots on a business model which strives to produce high quality products at an affordable value. She has regrettably seen many fashion companies get so caught up with maintaining a magazine image that they forget to observe what real women are wearing. “We are not all size 2 or have lifestyles that can afford accessories that we will hesitate to wear to work or dinner, or cost so much that we cannot feel comfortable with them,” Barbara says. Barbara wants her customers to collect her jewelry because they love what they see, can afford it, and also wear it in their day-to-day lives. With a great deal of study, research, creativity, and exploration, the company continues to grow and evolve.

Runway models, sports stars (former tennis champion Tracy Austin), and "A" list performers like Britney Spears collect and wear Athena Designs, as well as Mrs. Clint Eastwood and Dana Devin, host of Access Hollywood.

Athena Designs can be found in five star resorts and spas throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Caribbean as well as fine boutiques, specialty shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, and museum gift stores. The Four Seasons, Spa Gaucin at the St. Regis Dana Point, La Costa resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore and Paris Hotel Las Vegas are just a few. While Athena Designs sells wholesale, they do open up their showroom in Torrance, California a couple of times a year to the public with amazing sales on their gorgeous collections!

Visit to view her gorgeous spring collection or contact them at 1-800-228-1307.

1820 W. 220th St., Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90501


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