Macky Fäh masters the elements of earth and fire in her artisanal work
Macky Fäh’s emporium of worldly delights
A sweet, musky scent greets those who step foot into Bijoux Fäh, the eponymous showroom of jeweler and candlemaker Macky Fäh; it comes from a smokeless candle softly burning in the corner of the sitting area. The aroma makes the place feel even more like the inside of a jewelry box, rich in lush textures and shimmering trinkets.
The showroom is a petite but far from modest space. The ambience is earthy, what with the tapestry hanging on a concrete wall, the plush green velvet couch, and the lit column of Silvergil, Fäh’s favorite candle. With a scent that’s an elixir of amber, pomegranate, vanilla, and almond, it’s also the bestseller from Fäe, her line of beeswax candles.
It’s easy to deduce that Fäh loves green. Unsurprisingly, she’s a Virgo, an earth sign, and she exudes a sophisticated, welcoming, and almost maternal energy. True enough, she started her candle-making business while on a two-year sabbatical from creating jewelry, when she was expecting and then nursing her first child.
“Bijoux Fäh does not exist when I’m pregnant. For me, that first year [with my newborn] is something I will not get back,” she says of Fäe’s genesis. “When I was pregnant, my sense of smell became so sensitive that I’d buy all the candles. My husband said, ‘Why don’t you just make them?’ So I did the research and partnered up with chemists. I wanted [to create] something that I would buy.”
Each hand-crafted candle is made from cosmetic grade beeswax and imported wicks, and then packaged in rich frosted glass and a gold-embossed box. The logo, with its glyphs, tops everything off with an air of luxury.
There’s almost a fantastical quality to it as well. Fae, after all, is the French and Gaelic word for “fairy.” From perfume to packaging, Fäe is a whimsical sensory delight. “I guess
at the time [when I was still building the brand], I was reading a lot of children’s books,” Fäh says with a laugh. “The label is also a play on my last name. I was lucky enough that my husband has a fun name to play [with]. My friends [call me] ‘fähbulous,’ they mess with my name all the time. We try to have fun with it.”
Jewelry and candle-making may seem to be two far-fetched trades to be housed under the same roof, but for Fäh, both are distinguished only by the senses that enjoy them: Where opulent gems conquer sight, candles triumph over olfaction.
“In a lot of ways, they’re similar,” Fäh says. “I have to think of what to put together. I have a base, a top, a middle. Something has to be green or a little earthier. It’s a balance.”
Fäh draws inspiration from her surroundings, particularly when she goes hiking with friends. She describes the things she’s seen on her journeys: virescent leaves bigger than her hands, crystalclear running water, even the bugs she runs away from have their own beauty. On a mannequin hand upholstered in laminated manta ray leather, an emerald ring gleams like a beetle bathing in the sunlight.
Something about the fresh air and the excitement of a mountain conquered allows Fäh to open up, not just socially but creatively as well. She believes in an aesthetic that is both refined and versatile, and certainly with a good amount of gold and beautiful jewels.
“If I’ve been going to the beach a lot, you’ll see a lot of starfish and shells,” she says of how her experiences of the outdoors are reflected in her jewelry. “If I’d gone hiking a lot, you’ll see a lot of greens. If I had been in the city a lot, you’ll see more angular stuff. I believe that when you look at your surroundings, you shouldn’t limit yourself.”
The jewelry she makes all starts with a stone—perhaps something given to her by a client or a friend to be reset into an earring with a more contemporary feel, or a collection of diamonds to be forged into a three-tier tennis bracelet. She plays with both metals and gems, treasures sourced from the very fires and orifices of the earth. “Aesthetically, I find it important [for a piece to be] made well,” Fäh says.
There’s fearlessness in her experimentation with colors and finishes, a reflection of her creative spirit, and what emerges is a memento that can be passed on from mother to child. “I make stuff that can be kept forever. My jewelry is not just about selling; they’re keepsakes.”
“I make stuff that can be kept forever. My jewelry is not just about selling; they’re keepsakes.”