THE NEW BAROQUE

Reimag­ine what pearl jew­ellery can be with Aus­tralian de­signer Mar­got McKin­ney’s “sump­tu­ous con­fec­tions” in play­ful can­dy­bright colours.

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You could never mis­take a Mar­got McKin­ney piece for any­thing else. With its vi­brant colours and bold use of over­sized pearls, the fourth-gen­er­a­tion Aus­tralian jew­eller has made her name cre­at­ing one-of-a-kind de­signs that push the bound­aries of what fine jew­ellery can be.

“Wear­able art” is how her avid col­lec­tors would de­scribe the dra­matic state­ment pieces, some­times mix­ing styles and colours – as in Toi & Moi-style mis­matched ear­rings – or lay­er­ing for a look of abun­dance. Each one hon­ours the nat­u­ral riches of Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing the opal and the lus­trous South Sea pearl. Mar­got has fond mem­o­ries res­onat­ing from when her mother wore them ev­ery day, and she has gone on to be­come an am­bas­sador for the Aus­tralian pearl, even vis­it­ing a farm in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory to source pearls straight from the oys­ter.

Her lat­est col­lec­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of the baroque pearl and its swirling, ir­reg­u­lar form. Just like the woman who adorns her­self with a Mar­got McKin­ney piece, each of th­ese pearls is burst­ing with per­son­al­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Their or­ganic shapes are the an­tithe­sis of a tra­di­tional strand of tra­di­tion­ally prized per­fectly spher­i­cal gem­stone-qual­ity pearls. Each piece tells a story about Aus­tralia and the in­cred­i­ble voy­age of a South Sea pearl from oys­ter to gem­stone. Paired with vivid coloured gems in­spired by Mar­got’s love of travel, fam­ily hol­i­days by the beach and ex­otic ad­ven­tures abroad, the re­sult is glam­our with a play­ful edge.

This air of ef­fort­less­ness and light­ness (of­ten in spite of the bold scale) has made Mar­got McKin­ney pieces soughtafter both at home and over­seas, as well as see­ing Mar­got awarded the Prix de Marie Claire for best Fine Jew­ellery De­signer and the In­ter­na­tional Opal Jew­ellery De­sign Award.

Her flag­ship store in Bris­bane’s The Em­po­rium is a candy store of glit­ter­ing neck­laces, ear­rings and bracelets, and dis­cern­ing col­lec­tors will also find her jew­ellery stocked in Neiman Mar­cus and in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers across the USA. www.mar­gotm­ck­in­ney.com

Bliss 18yg di­a­mond-set lar­iat neck­lace with baroque Aus­tralian South Sea pearls and pink, yel­low and or­ange sap­phires Cerise 18yg Rubel­lite petal (36.12ct) ear­rings with coloured gem­stones and de­tach­able baroque golden South Sea pearls

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