Tinguely Bijoux Takes on Alzheimer’s Disease

Beyond the fact that jewelry marks life’s most important occasions, and beyond the fact that the pieces themselves carry extraordinary stories, there are times when jewelry can do some good. That was the goal when Marsha Perreault started Tinguely Bijoux seven years ago. It was to honor her mother, who was an artist and who first taught Perreault to sculpt in wax when she was 5 years old; she would later succumb to Alzheimer’s disease. “I had to find a way to keep her spirit alive,” says Perreault. “It was to honor my mother and the skill that she taught me and the beauty and love that was translated through the craft.” Perreault calls her collection “a contemporary take on indigenous design.” Her latest work is inspired by Morocco—the vibrant colors,

“I had to find a way to keep her spirit alive,” says Perreault. “It was to honor my mother and the skill that she taught me and the beauty and love that was translated through the craft.” Perreault calls her collection “a contemporary take on indigenous design.” Her latest work is inspired by Morocco—the vibrant colors and geometric design found in the architecture and tiles, as well as the skill of jewelry-making the local Berber people hand down from generation to generation.

She sculpts oversized cuffs in 18k gold and silver. And among the line’s best sellers are the cluster rings that challenge Perreault to consider artistic composition in the way her mother taught her. She uses everything from sapphires and tanzanite to aquamarines and moonstone. “I like flaws and imperfections and I like to see the hand in everything,” she says.  Most importantly, a portion of Tinguely Bijoux sales helps fund the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation where 100 percent of contributions fund drug research.

 

Rainbow moonstone gem cluster ring in 18k yellow gold, $12,900 

Lapis lazuli ring in 18k yellow gold, $2,700

Peach sapphire ring in 18k rose gold, $3,400
(Top: Shield cuff in 18k yellow gold, $19,200, and in silver, $1,664)

Kristin Young is writing the All That Glitters blog while Amy Elliott is on maternity leave.

Kristin Young

JCK Magazine Contributor