Talented singer Carmen Carter has captivated the 20 million viewers of ABC's hit Emmy-nominated TV show "Dancing with the Stars," not only with her dynamic voice but with her dazzling headpieces (also known as Nayaris). For more than nine seasons, "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers, celebrities, fans, and friends have shown great interest in wearing the Carter's Nayaris. Due to such high interest, Carter created her patent-pending "Crystals By Carmen" collection of Nayaris, which are now available to everyone.
Although the "Crystals By Carmen" jewelry collection includes casual and exotic Nayaris, and jewelry for special occasions, her initial focus is on her bridal/formal collection, which includes several stunning pearl Nayaris, necklace sets and accessories which are embellished with Austrian or Swarovski crystals. Her formal line, which she includes in her bridal collection, is quite extensive, colorful and truly dazzling. Each Nayari is secured by Carmen's special patent-pending mounted hair clip that holds them in place, insuring a proper yet adjustable fit. Either collection is well suited for weddings, pageants, proms, quinceaneras and special occasions. Crystals By Carmen's jewelry collection of Nayaris, bridal/formal jewelry and accessories are affordable, ranging from $35 to $350. Many pieces are made with lead-free and nickel-free metals, Austrian or Swarovski crystals and beautiful stones.
Due to Carter's allergic reaction to the metals contained in the necklaces she once wore, and the fact that bindis weren't visible on camera, she began making her own Nayaris and wearing them on "Dancing with the Stars." It was not long before she became known as "the singer who wears the dazzling crystal headpieces," (aka Nayaris).
"Each Nayari is meant to reflect a woman's inner beauty and strength. It is to be worn with humility," says designer Carter. "I hope that every time a woman wears a Crystals By Carmen Nayari or accessory, she is reminded that she is the most awesome creation that has been placed on this earth and that she is worthy of acknowledgment."
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Carter attended UCLA as a biology major by day, and moonlighted performing in various nightclubs by night. It soon became clear that her true calling was music. She toured as a singer, providing background vocals for such musical artists as with O Bryan and Karen White, before having children and settling down near her family as a studio artist in Los Angeles. Her vocal versatility landed her high-profile sessions with recording artists, such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand and John Legend. In addition, she worked on and off camera in films, including "The Princess and the Frog," "Lion King 1.5," "Shrek," "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "Meet the Fockers," "Ray" and "Dreamgirls." Her television credits include "American Dad," "Family Guy," "South Park," "King of Queens," "Friends," "Sister Sister," and "The Parkers," to name a few.
"When I started in the music business I would embellish my boots and clothing with crystals and other things to make myself stand out," says Carter. "Since I've received so much interest in the Nayaris that I've worn on 'Dancing with the Stars,' I decided to include them in my "Crystals By Carmen" Collection so other women can wear them, too."