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M2_RB Necklaces

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PRODUCT STORY
All items are made by hand only, no tools are used. Rubber bands are knotted, twisted and interlocked together to create the design.

I am a licensed architect who both resides and practices in New York. Raised in a family with mother-sculptor and father-painter, I have always been intrigued by different art forms. I developed M2 as the jewelry venture of our architectural office Milev Architects, PLLC.

When creating necklaces and pins using rubber bands I have the feeling of drawing and painting using rubber bands as my color palette. It is very interesting for me to follow the reaction of the people around trying to figure out the material, with its unique texture and pastel colors.
MATERIALS
Various colored rubber bands
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Margarita Mileva
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Julia, Community Organizer

September 06, 2011 09:46:06 AM

We chose Margarita Mileva's unique twist on the rubber band for the semi-final round of the Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge. What do you think of her designs? The top-voted entries will move on to the final round of judging with guest judges Kiel Mead, Jenn Falik and Erin Fergusson.

Laurie
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 06, 2011 05:02:26 PM

Very cute!

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 06, 2011 05:11:10 PM

I can imagine all the little hairs on the back of my neck getting caught in this thing. Ouch!

Lynn
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 06, 2011 06:39:45 PM

Very interesting from a sculptural standpoint and I could see this idea carrying over into really lovely mini-sculptures but jewelry? Sort of thing created by a 7th grader in study hall. Take it in another direction and I'm there for you!

Amanda
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 06, 2011 09:11:05 PM

$95 for rubberbands?

Sheila
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September 06, 2011 10:54:32 PM

Idea may have promise for something; but I just cannot see this as a necklace??

Joyce
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September 06, 2011 11:42:38 PM

I agree with others that this would not be the best choice for a necklace. I wonder if it might have an odd smell in hot weather?? I think a better use would be if it is made into place mats and napkin rings.Or perhaps flower pot covers. And they would be washable since they are rubber.

Kat
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 12:24:33 AM

I agree with the other voters - not a material I would wear as a necklace. Are these rubber bands coated or anything - the ones in my desk tend to lose elasticity and break.

Dianna
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 01:12:25 AM

$95 rubber bands?????

Judy
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September 07, 2011 02:09:54 AM

It is just beautiful and looks like natual stone chips of sodalite, turquoise and jasper but if it is like any other rubber bands this will be painful to wear. $95.00 is a little high for rubber but cheap for ART!

Lisa
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September 07, 2011 04:59:54 AM

no way I would wear something like this, besides the rubber bands would rot in a year or two.

stef
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September 07, 2011 07:53:48 AM

I see hair getting tangled

Lauren
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 08:05:57 AM

looks painful

Deborah
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 09:27:52 AM

This is beautiful. I have a rubber necklace made by another artist and I always get compliments when I wear it. It is not the material that makes this $95, but the work involved and design.

Allyson
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September 07, 2011 09:49:43 AM

Ouch!

amy
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 10:14:03 AM

Good idea but would like to see some that are less chunky and more refined and make sure they don't get your hair tangled in.

JP
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 10:44:35 AM

I can feel it pinching my arm hairs, and rubber bands should not cost nearly $100 in any form, no matter how artistic!

Denise
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 10:51:49 AM

Interesting, originally thought it was a piece of coral. I agree with a lot of the others regarding the material as jewelry, price and shelf life of material.

Damian
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 10:52:05 AM

ice, I do hope they come in much brighter colours

Wowzers

September 07, 2011 11:44:41 AM

Like the concept. Don't like all the p[eople judging pricing. This ain't the "Price is Right"

Kim
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 11:55:41 AM

The other voters said it all!

Maile
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 12:20:38 PM

Interesting and structural. But i think rubberbands are a hard sell at 95.

Maile
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 12:21:58 PM

Structurally very interesting, but rubberbands may be a hard sell at $95.

Anita
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 12:41:07 PM

Wouldn't the rubber bands pull out your hair?!?!?! Also, the price is much too high for something made out of materials that we all know are cheap.

Anne
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 01:18:57 PM

looks like a wreath

SUSAN
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 01:34:03 PM

I like the concept, design and colors but agree it with the others it could hurt to wear it. $95 is a bit pricey for rubbers bands but still worth the creativity of the piece. Perhaps a design with no rubber band laying on the back of the neck. Would like to see other designs.

mindy
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 02:30:57 PM

strange color combo. yuck.

Laurie
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September 07, 2011 02:34:50 PM

95.00 for some twisted rubber bands? Crazy.

Mary
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 02:47:13 PM

Creative, cool color combination. Curious to see it in person. But NO WAY on $95!! I agree it might hurt to wear - hair pulling. And that it will wear out - again for $95!

crystall
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 03:29:31 PM

There is something so cool about this necklace, draws me in!

Akiko

September 07, 2011 06:41:54 PM

The colors and texture are beautiful. But how do you put it on? Just stretch it over your head?

Tara

September 07, 2011 06:55:21 PM

Pretty and unique, but would it be comfortable against the skin? I'm not so sure.

Elizabeth
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 07:12:48 PM

Second, third and fourth to whoever thinks this would hurt. Ow.

Sandra
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 07:16:53 PM

I have several of the M2 pieces and I love them

Caroline

September 07, 2011 09:25:54 PM

My first thought? Allergy to latex! :(

margarita
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 07, 2011 09:26:48 PM

I would like to share with you some more RB necklaces. People wear them, love them and purchase more:)http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.124572944227090.17675.124544457563272

Kelly
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 07, 2011 09:39:38 PM

I thought this was a door wreath at first...but a necklace? ouch! I have used rubber bands in a pinch when I couldn't find a hair tie and it hurt. Very pretty but I could not try this.

margarita
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 08, 2011 10:40:10 AM

RB Necklaces are very comfortable and fun to wear.People could be spotted wearing M2 necklaces in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Dallas, Colorado.You could also see them in Portugal, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Australia, Canada, Japan,Taiwan.

Julia
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 08, 2011 01:07:22 PM

Love the concept - not for something I'd like to wear around my neck!

dimana
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 08, 2011 01:35:51 PM

great, amazing, beautiful jewelry!!!!!!worth every penny because it makes a lot of work with those who do not like it and voted negatively are people who have no taste so it better not be wasting the comments and be silent and they get interested in fashion

margarita
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 09, 2011 04:00:50 PM

As the artist of RB Necklaces I would like to share with you some images of people that have, love and wear my design.Hope you will find them intriguing.

Elizabeth
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 09, 2011 05:56:33 PM

I don't think of rubber bands as a jewelry item material. And the price is crazy for twisted rubber bands!

Sherri
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September 09, 2011 06:38:33 PM

THIS LOOKS LIKE FUNGUS

Heather
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September 10, 2011 09:55:02 PM

Ouch! This would make a great way to wax the back of your neck if you wanted. I can see this over the course of a day pulling out all the tiny hairs back there. Also, wouldn't it end up coated in tiny fibers from clothing?

MIRIAM
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 10, 2011 10:37:32 PM

$95 for rubberbands? Are you serious?

Nancy
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September 11, 2011 12:27:32 AM

Looks like it would get caught in my hair as rubber bands always have. Colors not attractive.

Alexis
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 11, 2011 07:36:13 PM

These rubber band jewelries are absolutely beautiful and unique! They are a true piece of art! I have bought them and seen them in various prestigious locations, stores and websites. It was absolutely worth the full $95. I think people are underestimating the efforts that must be put to make it and think of the idea. I have tried making this myself and cannot. For all those that don"t think that it worth the money then maybe you guys should try making it and see how far you will get.

Iva
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 11, 2011 08:35:10 PM

This jewelry is absolutely beautiful, fun and artistic. I have bought more then one, from the various collections, and have no complaints and have always only received compliments. Its easy for all of you who have written negative comments to criticize, however i can bet that none of you guys can even make this. As for the $95, what do you expect for handmade work of art? It is also a unique concept that is not seen around normal stores, which is also probably why it costs this much. If you want cheaper jewelry that i think that this is not an appropriate website (as there is a lot of other pieces at this price or even more). Maybe Claire's will be a better option for those who are complaining about the price. I think every one should keep the nasty comments to yourselves unless you guys also make handmade craft and have some sort of idea about how time consuming, and how much effort is put in. I am an artist, studying for a Bachelors degree in FIne Art and have an understanding about art, how long something like this would take, and prices that it can be sold for. Let me just say that this is a very reasonable price. Margarita Mileva - I really LOVE your work! I completely encourage your art and think it is AWSOME! I can only imagine all the hard work that you put in to have each and every one of these rubber bands pass through your hands to create such amazing jewelry.

rada
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 12, 2011 02:11:17 AM

I have read all the comments placed so far and I have this to say - ladies, open your minds! This is a piece of art and a truly uncommon good! Are a few pinched hairs more important to you than the concept of green, sustainable jewellery that this is? I have one of these and it does not smell, shrink, shed etc. In fact I have gotten rave reviews everytime I wore it! Give credit where credit is due, thumbs up!

Christine
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 12, 2011 03:09:31 PM

Who would pay that much money to wear rubberbands?

Elyse
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 12, 2011 09:05:42 PM

If it wasn't in the description I wouldn't have even known these were made out of rubberbands. It is the mark of a true artist to be able to transform the most mundane of materials, such as rubberbands, into something beautiful and never before seen. Also the idea, creativity, and work put into these accessories is remarkable. These bracelets represent a new positive move in fashion: sustainably beautiful. When you're buying something this beautiful and creative 95 dollars seems right on point.

Marcus
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September 13, 2011 03:50:58 PM

Ouch! It looks cool, but would be very uncomfortable.

Betsy
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 13, 2011 07:41:41 PM

These are beautiful works of art! At first glance, I thought they were coral. However, I have the same concerns as already listed here: price, painful to wear, longevity of materials. I see amazing potential here, but would like to see another incarnation.

margarita
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 13, 2011 09:48:47 PM

Hello All, The discussion is quite interesting but shows that most of you didn't have the chance to see or try them in real life. Actually the necklaces are very comfortable to wear and they bring joy and fun.

angela
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 14, 2011 08:09:09 AM

it would get dirty being rubber is porus to the elements of dirt and oils from the neck

Jenn
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September 14, 2011 09:39:09 AM

rubber bands break down too quicky. Would not invest so much money in a piece that will break down in a couple of years.

Carolyn
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September 14, 2011 02:59:11 PM

Pricy.

Mary
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September 14, 2011 05:47:08 PM

this one goes into the "too weird to wear" category

Melinda
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September 14, 2011 10:30:40 PM

Seems like it would be uncomfortable

Xena
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 14, 2011 10:33:46 PM

Too expensive, would catch hairs, and probably cause an allergic reaction.

margarita
Vote: Thumbs up!

September 15, 2011 12:21:07 AM

Come on guys! Don't buy them if you don't like them! It sounds like worst case scenario:) next thing is that they might disintegrate as you wear them....

Kelly
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 19, 2011 05:41:04 AM

rubber bands do not stand the test of time. So - no. Yet if this was made larger to be an art installation on a wall...I would so get that.

Dana
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 19, 2011 06:30:39 PM

Interesting concept, but expensive

Britni
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September 19, 2011 08:13:33 PM

can you imagine trying to get this on and off? ouch! besides that, it's totally unattractive.

Alicia
Vote: Thumbs down!

September 19, 2011 08:19:38 PM

Bit weird. I don't get it. I normally come to UG to find things that ARE my style and that I can't find elsewhere. This strays a bit too far of the "normal" path for me.

T

September 27, 2011 12:49:11 AM

Ouch

Alexis

January 08, 2013 09:14:50 PM

Truly unique, interesting and artistic. Truly a shame it won't be offered. Beautiful balance in the pieces.

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