Thursday, January 21, 2010


Encompassed within a forest is France's Chateau de Lanquais; a historic castle built during the 1300s with a distinctive blend of architectural styles. France is also the home of featured jewelry designer Arabelle Morgan.

Even though the Art Nouveau period lasted only 20 years, the design style and techniques that emerged from that time period live on in the works of jewelry designers in the U.S.A., Lebanon, and of course, France.

A number of French designers continue this decorative style of jewelry making including the flamboyant creations of Philippe Ferrandis, and Catherine Popesco.  Popesco, for instance, found 200-year-old stamping instruments and molds from this history-making period implementing them in her updated, stylish jewelry.

While employed with the iconic Italy-based company, Bvlgari, it is understandable why Morgan's fascination with jewelry and gemstones inevitably heightened.

She decided she wanted to make her own mark in the industry studying at the Gemological Association of Great Britain, Paris' fashion design school Esmod, as well as a Parisian business school, Essec.

By 2007, she established her company Arabelle Jewellery in Paris. Each item is hand crafted by a superlative team of artisans who effortlessly modernize designs of bygone vintage eras.

Morgan brings a more streamlined interpretation of the lively Art Nouveau aesthetic to her elegant, luxury jewelry. Victorian regalia are among the influences of Morgan's designs. Drawing inspiration from the lavish gifts of Queen Mary, as well as the opulence of Marie Antoinette, the sinuous, curvaceous forms of Morgan's jewelry are primarily diamond-centered.

The sumptuous items featured in the 1947 collection highlight buoyant, 18-karat gold structures that resemble miniature crowns. The tiny diamonds almost seem to levitate within the metal's delicate structures.

On the opposite end, her Honey Seeker collection highlight floral motifs that accentuate multi-colored, faceted semi-precious stones including citrine, amethyst, rose quartz, and blue topaz. Tahitian and freshwater pearls are the centerpieces of the elegantly beautiful Sunrise and Eclipse collection.

Morgan's jewelry has been featured in such publications as Harper's Bazaar, The Daily Telegraph, and Country and Town House.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Milady Yellow Beryl Ring with Diamonds and Pearls
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Honey Seeker Tourmaline Necklace with Diamonds
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