2006 Ironworks


Ironworks and Ironworks II celebrate the ironwork of the French Quarter; the Cabildo and Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Faget’s Marcellino collar and cuff bracelet were inspired by the balconies of the Cabildo. These pieces were named after Marcellino Hernandez, a Canary Islands native credited with forging the Cabildo railings and other Vieux Carré ironwork, including that of Le Petit Théâtre, in the 1790s. For Faget, the city’s decorative ironwork is a metaphor for the resoluteness and fortitude that characterize her fellow citizens and their culture. Faget regards the Ironworks and Interlacement collections as an expression of her deep faith in the city’s recovery post-Katrina, the devastating hurricane of 2005. Shop Collection



1996 Fences


Intrigued by the idea of defining space and dominion and marking off what is yours, Mignon found a fascination in the split-rail fence.  In Fences, Mignon created a module of studded, textural posts, executed in sterling silver, to give the appearance of the type of uneven hand-constructed fences seen across America. To further this impression, she lashed the metal components with strips of suede in her bracelets and necklaces. Mignon designed a special “Baton Rouge” Red Stick for the opening of her Baton Rouge gallery. Shop Collection


1992 Schema Rings


Mignon continued to explore architectural themes in Schema, particularly the features of classical temple entablatures, including dentils, triglyphs, and metopes. In some pieces Mignon alternates classical motifs with a bull’s skull. Other ornamental patterns include simplified fascia, dentils, and the egg and dart motif, which appears like half an egg alternating with a pointed, or dart-like, design.

Inspired by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508−1580), Faget explores architectural elements removed from the whole that can be re-assembled and stacked to replicate banding motifs from classical architecture. Mignon explains Schema as “a system of classic architectural banding motifs that allows the wearer to enter the design process with me.”


1990 Romanesque Return

Romanesque Return

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.” Shop Collection


1983 Colonnade


Colonnade and Reeded, both introduced in 1983, reveal Mignon’s lifelong fascination with New Orleans’s historic architecture and the way in which it defines space. As with objects from nature, Faget disassociates individual details from the whole in a process of deconstruction, stylization, and re-interpretation of elements. Colonnade features simplified elements of Ionic and Corinthian capitals.  She asserts that working with architect David Waggoner through the years “sparked an awareness of the reductive character of architecture and its use of stylized nature.”