پنجشنبه 25 اردیبهشت 1393
Wedding season is nearly upon us, and with Arkansas becoming the latest state in the United States to legalize same-sex unions, the need for distinct and elegant jewelry to commemorate the occasion is growing. With this in mind, jewelry designer Monique Péan created a new bridal and engagement collection, Minéraux, with a unexpected twist which launches tomorrow at Barneys New York.
“Antique diamonds are so magical—they sparkle differently because they were cut by hand,” says Péan, lifting up a trapezoid white diamond pair ring. “It’s taken about a year and a half for the entire process— from finding the diamonds to stretching the recycled platinum as thin as we could set it.” Utilizing repurposed diamonds and recycled gold, all sixteen rings are one-of-a-kind. To complement those sparkling baubles Péan has also created more streamlined bands as a gender-neutral alternative. “The wedding bands are about two people coming together with an architectural element to them,” says the designer, who is donating a portion of proceeds from the sales of the collection to the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. Additionally, Péan’s commitment to the environment goes beyond her wares—for each piece sold from Minéraux, she will be providing clean drinking water to 20 people for 20 years in partnership with charity: water. “I’ve always been about sustainability since I started in 2006, and found so many untradititional rare cuts," says Péan, looking down at the tray of sparkling bijoux. “But I’m going to miss the marquis-set east-west ring most!"