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


1990 Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream

After Sea, Faget continued her series of underwater creatures in Gulf Stream, a collection of red fish, speckled trout, yellow fin tuna…caught on the end of a hook and in sterling or gold.  This collection was designed to celebrate marine conservation and the opening of the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Gulf Stream is focused around fish that are indigenous to the southern waters of the United States.