If you have young children, Maisonette is probably familiar to you. With its unbearably cute-meets-chic curated selection of Oeuf baby clothes, Maileg mice (my favorite), Coral & Tusk throw pillows, and tulle princess tents, it’s a go-to for unique gifts and quarantine diversions (this was one of ours). It also offers inspiring lifestyle content, such as craft projects, kid’s room decor ideas, and the kind of helpful tips that modern parents appreciate.
As far as jewelry, you expect some whimsical unicorny things for little girls (and that’s certainly available). What you don’t expect? A really well-made mommy-and-me line made in sterling silver and gems (nary a rhinestone crystal in sight!), which includes charm bracelets and mix-and-match charms, a couple of necklaces for minis (ages 4 and up), and, perhaps more importantly, a number of sweetly priced stylish jewelry designs for Mom.
This is because Maisonette founders, Vogue alumnae Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza Roccia, tapped Greek-born, Brussels-based fine jewelry designer Katerina Marmagioli to design the collection.
Although she is better known for her fine jewelry work under her signature line, Anomy by Katerina Marmagioli (think branch coral, Munsteiner cuts, and a wild boar’s tusk fashioned into a bangle and set with brown diamonds and a golden South Sea pearl, among other artistic creations evocative of the sea and sky), the Maisonette collaboration was a unique opportunity for Marmagioli in many ways.
“It has been challenging to create pieces for children using fine material and gemstones, good craftsmanship, but keeping them at a low cost and sturdy,” says the designer. “But the guidelines were simple and not limiting, as the Maisonette team loves color as much as I do.”
There was no skimping on quality—or fun and frivolity—and the result is a summery, multipiece assortment with a few items exclusively for mothers: rings, a pair of dangle earrings, and a carved flower pendant dotted with a pink sapphire.
Also for moms only: a series of pins that would make a lovely baby shower gift (alongside something infant-appropriate for the nugget).
“The pins are coming from the Greek tradition,” says Marmagioli. “They are offered when a baby is born, and the mother places them on the stroller, pram, or bed, perhaps attaching also some religious symbols like crosses, or other charms, like a blue mati [evil eye] to protect the baby.”
A few more pieces from the collection, below.
Top: Marmagioli plans to release a new collection as part of her signature line within the next month. Titled Talisman and made with clear quartz and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, “it’s composed of easy but impressive pieces that you can wear when you want to feel better,” says the designer. Clockwise, from left: Coral baby pin in sterling silver, $90; Princess of the Seas bracelet with fish clasp, shell charm, and chain in sterling silver, and gold-plated sterling silver crab, freshwater seed pearl, angel-skin coral, and larimar charms, $160; Sun ring with coral and quartz baguettes in sterling silver, $550; and rose petal charm with coral and peridot in sterling silver, $100
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