Designer Spotlight

Naturally-Inspired & Eco-Friendly Jewels: Monique Péan

Monique Pean

One of the most memorable jewelry collections that I saw at Couture Las Vegas this past summer was that of Monique Péan.  Every time I see one of her pieces, I am always fascinated by the rich colors, varied textures, bold lines and most-interesting materials used in her jewelry.  As one of my favorite contemporary jewelry designers, I’d like to share the brilliance that is Monique Péan and her jewelry.

Monique Péan

Photo courtesy of © Monique Péan

Since launching her eponymous fine jewelry brand in 2006, Péan’s star has been on the rise from the get-go.  What sets Péan apart from her peers isn’t just her incredibly cool and unique designs but her immense passion for creating beautiful jewelry using eco-friendly and sustainable materials like fossilized woolly mammoth ivory, recycled gold and conflict-free stones.

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Opal Rings by Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan via the Wall Street Journal

Her impeccably executed jewelry, which is finely crafted and tailored to precision, is comprised of 100% recycled metals and set with unusual, exotic materials such as sustainable buffalo horn, fossilized dinosaur bone, zebra agate and blue opalina.

Zebra agate, grey moonstone, grey fossilized walrus ivory and white diamond bracelet, 18 carat recycled white gold, 1.35 TCW

Zebra agate, grey moonstone, grey fossilized walrus ivory and white diamond bracelet, 18 carat recycled white gold, 1.35 TCW • TU’TIL Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

From her debut Bering Collection inspired by Alaskan Native art and culture to her latest spring K’atun Collection, Péan’s worldly travels serve as inspiration for her one-of-a-kind, avant-garde jewelry characterized by modern design, clean lines and rich color.

Fuchsia tourmaline, jasper and citrine geometric 'Imix' necklace with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 1.04 TCW

Fuchsia tourmaline, jasper and citrine geometric ‘Imix’ necklace with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 1.04 TCW • KA’TUN Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

 

Case in point, a recent trip to the Tikal region of Guatemala, and its ancient Mayan architecture juxtaposed with mid-century building design, resulted in the K’atun collection, which explores  themes of structure and time, with a particular focus on geometric patterns, ancient and modern architecture and the repetition of symbols and shapes.  The collection incorporates black and gray jade from the region as well as fossilized dinosaur bone, dating to the late Jurassic age (146 to 156 million years ago), a first for Péan.

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Photo courtesy of © Monique Péan via Tree Hugger

Not too surprisingly, Péan’s understated, cutting edge jewels have received much attention in recent years, earning the designer the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009.  A year later, Fortune magazine named Péan as “One to Watch” in the magazine’s “40 Under 40” list and she was selected by Oprah Magazine as one of its “Ten Women on the Rise.”

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Monique Péan‘s Spring 2012 collection.
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan via papertastebuds

Monique Péan’s jewelry is outstanding in its own right; however, it is the stories of inspiration behind the jewels and of the designer that really make Péan herself truly one-of-a-kind.

Rose fossilized walrus ivory oyster ring with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.48 TCW

Rose fossilized walrus ivory oyster ring with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.48 TCW • AHE Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Fossilized woolly mammoth and hand carved scrimshaw earrings with rhodolite, 18 carat recycled yellow gold

Fossilized woolly mammoth and hand carved scrimshaw earrings with rhodolite, 18 carat recycled yellow gold • TU’TIL Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Black tourmaline and gold navette necklace, 18K recycled rose gold

Black tourmaline and gold navette necklace, 18K recycled rose gold • SIGNATURE Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Grey fossilized dinosaur bone oval cabochon ring with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.31 TCW

Grey fossilized dinosaur bone oval cabochon ring with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.31 TCW • K’ATUN Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Jasper, straw topaz and garnet 'Baktun' earrings with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.89 TCW

Jasper, straw topaz and garnet ‘Baktun’ earrings with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.89 TCW • K’ATUN Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Light sunburst fossilized walrus ivory and jasper 'K'AN' necklace with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.93 TCW

Light sunburst fossilized walrus ivory and jasper ‘K’AN’ necklace with white diamond pavé, 18K recycled white gold, 0.93 TCW • K’ATUN Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Opalina geometric signature shape ring with black diamond pavé, 18K recycled oxidized white gold, 0.64 TCW

Opalina geometric signature shape ring with black diamond pavé, 18K recycled oxidized white gold, 0.64 TCW • SUT’ANA Collection • Monique Péan
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Black tourmaline, garnet, and white diamond earrings, 18 carat recycled white gold, 0.52 TCW

Black tourmaline, garnet, and white diamond earrings, 18 carat recycled white gold, 0.52 TCW • TU’TIL Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Sunburst fossilized walrus ivory organic slice bracelet, 18K recycled yellow gold

Sunburst fossilized walrus ivory organic slice bracelet, 18K recycled yellow gold • MIRU Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Amazonite, fossilized walrus ivory, diamond plate, and pavé diamond necklace in 18k recycled and oxidized white gold • SUT'ANA Collection • Monique Péan

Amazonite, fossilized walrus ivory, diamond plate, and pavé diamond necklace in 18k recycled and oxidized white gold • SUT’ANA Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan via Pricescope

Cognac fossilized walrus ivory, opal, black jade with pyrite and white diamond earrings, post back, 18K recycled yellow gold, 1.14 TCW

Cognac fossilized walrus ivory, opal, black jade with pyrite and white diamond earrings, post back, 18K recycled yellow gold, 1.14 TCW • SUT’ANA Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

Purple fossilized dinosaur bone and white diamond ring, 18 carat recycled yellow gold, 0.06 TCW

Purple fossilized dinosaur bone and white diamond ring, 18 carat recycled yellow gold, 0.06 TCW • TU’TIL Collection • Monique Péan
Photo courtesy of Monique Péan

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2 Comments

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    Halle
    October 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Love, love, love her jewels. Thanks for the post!

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    Amy Roseveare
    October 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    She is one of my favorites–thanks for the article!

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