Play­ful jew­ellery

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION - DEIRDRE MCQUILLAN

New York- based jew­eller Mignonne “Mag­gie” Gav­i­gan is known not just for her colour­ful, play­ful jew­ellery, but mostly for elab­o­rate neck­lace scarves. These came about al­most by ac­ci­dent when she was rip­ping a vin­tage dress apart for its jew­elled em­broi­dery and then fas­tened the piece around her neck with a safety pin. So many peo­ple asked for copies that the pieces be­came her trade­mark, worn with jeans, T- shirts and sneak­ers. Hav­ing trained in Par­sons in Paris and New York, she spent 14 years work­ing for mul­ti­ple fash­ion houses be­fore launch­ing her own brand in 2014. Now her bold hand­made cou­ture jew­ellery – neck­laces, ear­rings and bracelets – is sold in stores such as An­thro­polo­gie, Nie­man Marcus, Bloom­ing­dales and here in Ire­land in Louise Stokes’ bou­tique Loulerie in Chatham Street. Gav­i­gan is com­ing to Ire­land on June 14th for a pri­vate event in Dublin to show­case her new col­lec­tion. In the mean­time here is a sneak peak of her lat­est ear­rings now in Loulerie.

Soul sil­ver

Star of Weir’s new ex­hi­bi­tion room in its lower ground floor is master en­graver Brian Dunne whose Soul En­graver brand won the Best New Prod­uct Award at Show­case 2018. Soul En­graver is sil­ver and gold jew­ellery “that comes from the heart and touches the soul”, ac­cord­ing to Dunne, a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion master en­graver who worked with Weirs for over a decade and whose hand- carved col­lec­tion in­cludes cuff­links, pen­dants and ear­rings in images that con­nect to the Ir­ish land­scape and her­itage. The pen­dants are a se­ries of leaves from na­tive Ir­ish trees, each cap­tur­ing the mean­ing and with the first let­ter of its Gaelic name in­scribed on the back of each piece.

This piece, in 9ct gold ¤ 470, is from the Sa­cred Trees col­lec­tion. In ster­ling sil­ver it is ¤ 185. weir. ie

Far left: Mignonne Gav­i­gan flamingo stud ear­rings, ¤ 335; left: Pen­dant from the Sa­cred Trees col­lec­tion by Brian Dunn of Weirs

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