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THE STATEMENT MAKER

When Samantha Shaw, 29, was growing up, she'd sneak off to school wearing a fuchsia feather boa hidden under her winter coat. Now she's the director of public relations for jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, where she's paid to indulge her flair for the dramatic. Standout pieces—an enormous wooden bangle encrusted with crystals worn between metallic bracelets, for instance—are her signature. The rings (green turquoise and white jade two-finger ring, Jasmine Pennamma, $295; chrysoprase and gold vermeil ring, (Alexis Bittar, $385) are oversize, too, as are shoulder-grazing earrings made of embroidered fabric. "It's all or nothing for me. I wear either just my wedding band or something so huge it's almost ridiculous," says Shaw. Her style icons—Grace Jones and Joan Collins—would likely approve.

Crystal-encrusted wooden bangle, Alexis Bittar, $945. Metallic bracelets, Alexis Bittar, $215 each. Earrings, Dori Csengeri, $343. RinLeopard-print top, Dolce & Gabbana.
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