One of the earliest roles of the jewel, perhaps the earliest, was as talisman or amulet, to protect from evil and disaster or to invoke good will and safety.
Today, the role of the jewel as amulet has taken on new meaning and importance, especially in uncertain times. Here Margaret has breathed new life into universal good luck charms, the clover leaf and the ladybird.
The story goes that Oriana Sabrier received a package that was sealed with a ladybird sticker. It made her smile, and gave her an idea; she rushed to the atelier, to show it to the artisan who crafts their jewels, and together they discussed how to turn it into a jewel.
The meticulously crafted and gem-set ladybird has alighted on a large brushed gold clover leaf, doubling your luck and your charm.
Oriana Sabrier and Candice Ophir, founders of Margaret, a Geneva-based jewellery brand, grew up together, like sisters. Oriana was immersed in the jewellery world, training first with antique jewellery dealers, next at Christie’s and then at Cartier, where Micheline Kanoui, creative director, became her mentor. Finally, she learnt about diamonds, working at William Goldberg, New York where she designed jewellery. Candice’s experience was in marketing and publishing. In 2006, they decided to join forces and talents, to create a private, bespoke modern jeweller, offering an intensely personal experience. The name Margaret, inspired by Princess Margaret, and her majestic yet modern style, was chosen to give their intimate salon privé a warm and welcoming, personal identity. Their contemporary jewellery is infused with a sense of history and heritage, sentiment and storytelling as if unlocked from a treasured noble family jewel box. All the jewellery is hand-crafted in the antique tradition, in Geneva workshops.