1970 Sea

Sea

Throughout her life Mignon collected shells from frequent trips to the Gulf Coast and the eastern seaboard.  She explored and translated many of these specimens into metal jewelry designs in her first collection: Sea.  “Sea was an experiment.  The creations are bold and elegant in their simplicity.  When a form is transferred from its natural material into another material qualities remain, new qualities are adopted.  This marriage produces a particular vitality, central to my conception.” Mignon continues to draw upon the physical beauty of her environment for inspiration, specifically the teeming life along the Mississippi River, in South Louisiana’s inlets and marshes, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Shop Collection

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1969 The First Design

The First Design

As history tells, Mignon was designing clothes and decided to sculpt and design some sterling shells to go with a particular collection. People began walking into her studio and asking to purchase her beautiful sterling shells to wear as pendants.  The success of Mignon’s clothing prompted her to explore what might be the perfect belt, pin or necklace to enhance these ensembles. This early exercise and her studies in sculpture from Sophie Newcomb College led to her first jewelry forms. Since then, jewelry has become her all consuming interest in the field of design.

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