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Alice by Laura Gallon Is a Tribute to the Past


New year, fresh start. That’s what they say, right? Some make resolutions, others make big changes. And others finally get to organizing their kid’s snacks, which are overflowing in the pantry (hello, it’s me).

For Laura Gallon, the new year brought a new brand name and a stunning new collection.

You might recognize the designer’s work as that of the former Aura Fine Gems, covered here on JCK back in February 2021 by Amy Elliott. Not even a year old at the time, the line boasted beautiful gemstone creations that would have made fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts (and still would).

Laura Gallon Parisienne ring
Parisienne ring in 18k white gold with 0.74 ct. pink spinel and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,300
Laura Gallon Miroir earrings
Miroir earrings in 18k yellow gold with mother-of-pearl and 0.83 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,350

Now, nearly a year later, the brand is eponymous, Gallon finding it more suitable to use her own name, as her family has been in the jewelry biz for generations. The designer’s great-grandparents opened a jewelry store and workshop in Orléans, about two hours south of the City of Light, where Gallon was born and raised.

Laura Gallon Enlacer ring
Enlacer ring in 18k white gold with 0.83 ct. blue spinel, 0.84 ct. purple spinel, and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,600
Laura Gallon Premiere Danse bracelet
Premiere Danse bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 2.22 cts. t.w. diamonds, $12,180
Laura Gallon Mon Amour earrings
Mon Amour earrings in 18k rose gold with 2.15 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, $6,500

Gallon’s rebranding is inspired by the work of her great-grandparents, and her new collection pays tribute to her great-grandmother, Alice. “The Alice collection is, in essence, a love story,” Gallon said in a statement on the new line.

Laura Gallon Nouvelle Vague ring
Nouvelle Vague ring in 18k white gold with 1.42 ct. blue zircon and 0.19 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,300
Laura Gallon Equilibre diamond earrings
Equilibre earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.85 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,350

Made in France in numerous ateliers—some of which specialize in specific skills, such as mother-of-pearl inlay or gem setting—the pieces that comprise Alice are indeed art deco in nature, but their new make takes advantage of materials not necessarily used for jewelry in that period.

Laura Gallon Tempo ring
Tempo ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.59 ct. lilac spinel and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,600
Laura Gallon Ange necklace
Ange necklace in 18k yellow gold with mother-of-pearl and 1.87 cts. t.w. diamonds, $6,050

Alice comes at just the right time, as many jewelry experts predict vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry to be one of the headliners of 2022 (read this recent story by our Karen Dybis on the matter), though the aesthetic is everlasting.

The collection, which features 21 pieces including earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets, made its debut on Jan. 1 of this year.

Top: Galaxie necklace in 18k white gold with 1.03 cts. t.w. sapphires, 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, and mother-of-pearl, $9,120; Laura Gallon

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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