Almost everyone can agree on Charlotte Chesnais. Since the launch of her jewelry label just three years ago, the 33-year-old Parisian has gained a huge international fan base. Although her pieces actually seem effortless, almost as if they had always existed: Her „Saturn“ and „Galilea“ earrings turned out to be best selling modern classics from the start.
Like the pieces she designed for the celebrated jewelry line from Balenciaga. After studying fashion at Studio Berçot in Paris and a first job at Ungaro, she worked for more than ten years under Nicolas Ghesquière who assigned his young protegé with the development of a fashion jewelry line for the Parisian maison. In 2015, Charlotte finally launched her own label.
Charlotte Chesnais stands for the strong female direction that contemporary jewelry design has been taking for a while now. With her sensual shapes, she understands the female body and knows exactly what is beautiful and comfortable at the same time. Despite all their abstractness and closeness to art, Charlotte Chesnais’ pieces are made for everyday wear, which is an important factor in her design process.
Inspired by the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, her architectural selection of cuffs, earrings and rings elegantly spiral the body. Legendary Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti is another major influence.
Another big plus of Charlotte Chesnais are the relatively moderate prices of her pieces that always make a statement without breaking the bank. She mainly works in silver, gold plated silver and vermeil, everything is hand made in France. There are a few fine jewelry pieces in 18 carat gold with diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones that are also very tempting.
For the moment, we will be sticking with her bold „fine fashion jewelry“ pieces though. Because they’re just the perfect accessories to vamp up any outfit, give lots of confidence and still leave you with enough money to spend it on (e. g.) flowers to show your home some love.
Charlotte Chesnais is available at Juuls Juuls, Net-a-porter, Matchesfashion amongst many others.