Star-Loved Jeweler Launches Handbag Line on

11/11/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

MCL Handbags for GiltCourtesy MCL for Gilt

Creating handbags seemed like a logical step for jewelry designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza, whose MCL accessories have been seen on Julianne Hough, Kristin Cavallari and Carrie Underwood. So when the opportunity arose, Laurenza made two collections for spring — “Gold Crest” and “Purple Crest” — available starting Friday exclusively on

“I consider bags to be a very important staple in a well-dressed woman’s wardrobe, and believe that they should be precious whether literally or figuratively,” Laurenza tells PEOPLE. “Since I had the means to literally make them precious, I chose to.”

The Gold Crest handbags are each handcrafted using embroidered fabrics and Italian leather or snakeskin. Each purse is completed with sapphires, rubies and other semi-precious gems. The Purple Crest collection is similar, but the bags were designed to transition from day to night, made with textured leathers in complementary color combinations. Each bag ordered from is accompanied by a surprise gift from Laurenza’s accessories collection.

“I think people should get what they pay for,” he says. “Using high-quality materials but keeping it at an obtainable price fits into this belief. And adding silver jewel-encrusted components to the latches and handles was a must when designing the bags,” he continues, adding, “After all, I am a jeweler!”

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