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Get to know our custom jewelry makers: Lauren Behning

You love Dune Jewelry so we know you'll love the custom jewelry making team and staff behind the name. We're so excited to have you get to know us better. Introducing Lauren Behning...

 

Name? (Nicknames?)

 

Lauren, LB, Bubby (only my Dad calls me that)

 

 

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

 

I have a few go-to’s depending on the crowd. “Like A Virgin” is more about the performance which masks my horrible voice. I also enjoy doing “Hot In Here” by Nelly because no one expects me to be able to rap. I’m practicing and gearing up for Missy Elliot’s “Work it”

 

What would you want for your superhero power?

 

Mystique’s ability to shape shift into any person. My biggest fascination in life is what it would be like to “Freaky Friday” with another person, so getting to do it all the time would be a very powerful attribute.

 

Do you play an instrument?

 

In my mind I am a musician as talented as Prince, in reality, I’m lucky if no one squints when I burst out into song. I have a very beautiful guitar, Epiphone Les Paul, that currently is the center piece of my bed room.

 

Star Wars or Star Trek?

 

My favorite Christmas memory is hoisting the Original Star Wars Trilogy over my head, running around my house, screaming “The Trilogy, The Trilogy, I got the Trilogy!” then throwing up out of excitement.

 

Hike or bike?

 

Being a city dweller, I’m terrified of biking. This summer I hiked the Canyon and it was Grand.

 

 

Kindle or paperback book?

 

I lament the loss of my kindle due to an open water bottle in my beach bag, so it’s old-school paperbacks for now. I think my biggest issue with paperback is I always lend my favorite books out and never get them back. Something the Kindle elevates.

 

What three words describe you?

 

Animated, out-going, lone-wolf

 

Do you have pets?

 

I used to have a beautiful cat, Thomas Jefferson. He left the world too soon. Now I take comfort in my roommate’s snuggly Maine Coon, Newman.

 

 

What's the one thing you can't live without?

 

Travel!

 

 

What's your 'death row' meal?

 

My gut instinct says all I want is a bottle of 2006 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, but if there was a way to get Grandma Behning’s Hot Dish and Grandma McNally’s chocolate chip apple cake, I’d go with that.

 

What kind of music do you listen to while you’re working?

 

As a music connoisseur, that’s a broad question. I listen to anything from Kanye West to David Bowie, Steve Windwood to Queens of the Stone Age.

 

What’s your favorite piece of Dune Jewelry and why?

 

There are two (technically 4) pieces I cannot leave my home without; the rose gold Dune Watch filled with my hometown and all time favorite beach, White Horse, and my gold stacker rings filled with sand I collected while rafting through the Grand Canyon this summer with two of my closest friends.

 

watch canyon

 

What’s your favorite beach sand? Have you ever been there? Why do you love it?

 

I am obsessed with the way red desert sand looks in our pieces, to the point where the main reason I was excited to go to the Grand Canyon was so I could actually have emotional attachment to the red sands. Wahweap Beach on Lake Powell has great memories as well as beautiful grains of sand.

 

Wahweap beach

 

Favorite quote / words you live by:

 

“I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness.” – Kayne West

 

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