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Borlenghi turns her design talents to jewelry and Houston friends celebrate

Borlenghi turns her design talents to jewelry and friends celebrate

10 Cathy Borlenghi, from left, Franco Valobra and Antonella Aquilino at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Cathy Borlenghi, left, Franco Valobra and Antonella Aquilino at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
26 Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
24 Roberto Pensotti, from left, Giorgio Borlenghi and Tom Standish at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Roberto Pensotti, from left, Giorgio Borlenghi and Tom Standish at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
22 Mary Tere Perusquia, left, and Nini Bekhradi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Mary Tere Perusquia, left, and Nini Bekhradi at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
18 Laura and Mike Sweeney at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Laura and Dr. Mike Sweeney at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
17 Kira Knightly, from left, Annie Amante and Alex Borlenghi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Kira Knightly, from left, Annie Amante and Alex Borlenghi at the MRS. B Collection launch party at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
15 Francy Fondren, from left, Nini Bekhradi, Leslie Bowlin and Trish Millard at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Francy Fondren, from left, Nini Bekhradi, Leslie Bowlin and Trish Millard at the MRS. B Collection launch at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
2 Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi at the MRS. B Collection launch at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
14 Debbie Greenbaum at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Debbie Greenbaum at the MRS. B Collection launch at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
13 Christy Echols, from left, Antonella Aquilino and Lee Ann Badum at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
Christy Echols, from left, Antonella Aquilino and Lee Ann Badum at the MRS. B Collection launch at Valobra. Photo by © Wilson Parish
10 Cathy Borlenghi, from left, Franco Valobra and Antonella Aquilino at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
26 Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
24 Roberto Pensotti, from left, Giorgio Borlenghi and Tom Standish at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
22 Mary Tere Perusquia, left, and Nini Bekhradi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
18 Laura and Mike Sweeney at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
17 Kira Knightly, from left, Annie Amante and Alex Borlenghi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
15 Francy Fondren, from left, Nini Bekhradi, Leslie Bowlin and Trish Millard at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
2 Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
14 Debbie Greenbaum at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013
13 Christy Echols, from left, Antonella Aquilino and Lee Ann Badum at the Mrs. B Jewelry Launch at Valobra November 2013

Cathy Borlenghi is no newcomer to the business of retail, but it's been more than a decade since she shuttered her handbag and leather accessories business. So it was not a complete surprise when she unveiled her latest endeavor — the MRS. B Collection of jewelry — with a gala evening at Valobra. Guests oohed and aahed and pulled out their credit cards as they fell in love with the collection designed around scaramazza pearls (think baroque).

"It is unique," she says of the collection. "Every piece is one of a kind, mostly because it is created around highly irregular fresh water pearls, Scaramazza pearls, that dictate an individual handmade mold for the gold to fit the pearl. "

 "I want to create a product that reflects my taste, style and my Italian heritage." 

Borlenghi has joined forces with fourth-generation goldsmith and gemologist Antonella Aquilino, whom she met in their native Italy, to create the designs that are produced in 18-karat rose gold with a smattering of semi-precious stones. Because of the unique shape of each pearl, the gold work is done by hand, using lost-wax casting.

"I want to create a product that reflects my taste, style and my Italian heritage," Borlenghi says. "I want to have a few pieces that I can wear around the day and evening, dress up or dress down as they say in the fashion world."

The collection includes rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets with prices starting around $2,000 and topping out just under $10,000.

"My target audience is a stylish woman, the age is not a factor," she says. "Someone who feels unique, who doesn't want to wear what everyone else is wearing, that is comfortable with her own uniqueness. And wants to buy a piece that can be a conversation starter."

Borlenghi is married to developer Giorgio Borlenghi, who was among the crowd gathering for the jewelry launch. They included Alex Borlenghi,  Laura and Dr. Mike Sweeney, Nini Bekhradi, Roberto Pensotti, Annie Amante, Mary Tere Perusquia, Vivian Wise, Trish Millard, Francy Fondren and Debbie Greenbaum.