Having been the recipient of this year’s Wallpaper* Design Award for Best Jewellery for her ‘Signature’ ring, last week the New York fine jeweller Monique Péan honoured us by inviting editor-in-chief Tony Chambers to co-host her first ever Thanksgiving dinner in London.
The backdrop was a crisp, white studio in the heart of Victoria, lined with images from Péan’s latest campaign. Shot by artist Collier Schorr, it’s an elegantly simple story where hands and bodies intertwine. They glisten with rings from Péan’s new 'Minéraux' diamond collection, defined by its canny use of recycled precious metals and pre-owned stones. Terence Connors shot the accompanying film.
Joining Péan and the Wallpaper* team was a group of mutual friends. As design critic Alice Rawsthorn, architect David Adjaye, photographer Alison Jackson, fine jeweller Noor Fares and sculptor Kate MccGwire passed razor clams, macaroni and cheese, roast potatoes and turkey around two long, candlelit tables, Péan paid homage to the memory of her sister. It was her untimely death, she said, that prompted her to leave a career in finance and 'do something I truly love'.
The designer established her jewellery design business in New York almost a decade ago and was one of the first contemporary fine jewellers to introduce the use of ancient materials – such as dinosaur and mammoth fossils – as the precious element in place of traditional rare stones. Coupled with her instinct for architectural form and a dedication to nurturing natural resources (she has a keen eye on global regeneration programmes), Péan's prescient, multi-texture approach continues to propel future thinking in fine jewellery design.