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Tradition Shines in Modern Designs

In the 1975 book, How to Wrap 5 More Eggs, Hideyuki Oka examines many forms of traditional Japanese packaging. When Mignon Faget was researching a method to securely connect the silver sticks in her Lashed Fences Bracelet while maintaining flexibility, she found inspiration in Michikazu Sakai’s clean, descriptive photography.

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These intricate, yet simple, methods utilize materials at hand to create beautiful and functional structures that protect, dispense, or even prepare an item for use. These cunning, humble wrappings were refined over centuries of use and their graceful ingenuity still shines in a world of plastic bags and shrink wrap. Some of these methods of packaging are still in use today.

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Read more about traditional Japanese food packaging at Creative Roots.

On a related note, we just love the similar utilitarian simplicity of Furoshiki (Traditional Japanese Wrapping) and this diagram via the Ministry of the Environment from the Government of Japan. During the Edo period, the ornately decorated wrapping cloth (fukusa) was often adorned with the family emblem (Mon) of the person presenting the gift. The cloth would later be returned and reused.

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Practice this fun and unforgettable tradition yourself. Give a Mignon Faget Lashed Fences Bracelet wrapped in one of our exceptional Fleur de Lis Linocut Scarves for a present that will impress with its beauty and thoughtfulness.

Chalcedony: Links to the Past

Chalcedony, a form of microcrystalline Quartz, comes in many forms that are better known by names such as Jasper, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Onyx, and Agate. Jewelers and gemologists tend to use the name Chalcedony to refer to the pale, grayish blue variety. It is commonly mined in Turkey, Africa, and the United States.This milky, semi-translucent stone has been used as an adornment for many millennia, but is soaring in popularity today.

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In ancient Mesopotamia, Chalcedony was used to create beautiful, yet functional seals. Many seals were thought to have been set in metal as a pendant or ring, while cylinder seals may have originated as beads.

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Mignon Faget loves to use the semi-precious stone Chalcedony in her jewelry. Its waxy luster catches light in a way that makes the stone seem to glow from within. Mignon features Chalcedony in many designs from her Ironworks collection and in her newest collection, Hardwear.

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Chalcedony’s soft blue hue and diaphanous appearance provides an elegant contrast to the bright, reflective shine of the Sterling Silver.  See it yourself at one of our five Mignon Faget galleries.

 

In the windows: Mignon Faget believes in the beauty of the south

From Sea and Tulips to Hive and Louisiana many of Mignon’s designs are inspired by nature.  The beauty of nature, specifically the beauty of the south, is the theme behind our spring windows.

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Spring in the south is full of all things green, moss, blossoms and leaves blooming.  We used live moss sheets paired with various artificial green plants to create a terrarium like environment for our canal place gallery windows.

Click the “Read More” button to see more of our tribute to the beauty of Louisiana. Read more »

Discover Green Gold

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Stacked with Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, Sterling and Stainless Halo bangles, Green Gold adds an unexpected complimentary element!

Inspired Exploration: Visit The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is housed in “one of the most architecturally significant complexes in the South”. Because of this, the building has been and remains an enormous influence for Mignon in many of her pieces, specifically the Romanesque Return collection. The library building, a part of the museum, is the historic Howard Memorial Library, designed by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

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Mignon based Romanesque Return on the Henry Hobson Richardson library’s architectural elements, particularly the voussoirs, medallions and engaged columns from the fireplace, and carved stone figures of the beast of ignorance and the beast of knowledge carved throughout. The Beast of Ignorance Chained bracelet forms an eloquent commentary on the library’s purpose: to educate the public and abate ignorance.  Mignon notes, “I found myself deconstructing Henry Hobson Richardson’s intricate architectural details and miniaturizing them as jewelry”.

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For more on the Romanesque Return collection, click here.

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