Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, New York–based fine jewelry brand Walters Faith has collaborated with beauty entrepreneur Olivia Chantecaille to create a vibrant collection of pendant necklaces.

Inspired by cosmetic compacts (iconic accessories dating back to the 1900s), the amethyst, sapphire and diamond charms open up like lockets and feature a mini mirror, making lipstick touch-ups a breeze.

“We were connected to Olivia very early on when we started our company,” says Mollie Good, creative director of Walters Faith, a four-year-old brand she founded with business partner Stephanie Abramow. Chantecaille, creative director of her family’s namesake beauty empire, had borrowed jewelry several times for photo shoots before becoming a client. She was then asked to be part of Walters Faith’s “I AM” campaign, an initiative that celebrates women of all ages, highlighting their connection to the brand’s DNA. “Olivia fits the bill of what we are looking to achieve, as she truly represents timeless elegance,” says Good. “From there, we talked about how we can work together and thought it would be a natural extension to do a collaboration.”

Several ideas were up in the air at the start of the design process, but what prevailed was inspiration from signature pieces of both brands: Walters Faith’s chain necklaces (which embodies their modern-meets-classic aesthetic) and Chantecaille’s HD Perfecting Powder Compact. The color of each charm represents a different aspect of Chantecaille’s world. The pink sapphires are drawn from the Rose de Mai collection; the amethyst stones mirror the packaging; the champagne and brown diamonds hint at the gunmetal compact and the white diamonds emphasize the luminous skincare products.

The collection includes four styles of charms—each is offered in versatile small and large sizes, enabling them to be worn alone or layered. In addition, each pendant comes with a colored cord for anoher option to switch up the look. “The pieces are modern yet have a timeless aspect. Anything I wear today, I would still want to wear 20 years from now,” says Chantecaille, who inherited a passion for jewelry from her mother and grandmother (who was named Bijou, French for “jewel”).

Walters Faith combines the middle names of Good and Abramow. “Mollie’s middle name is Faith and mine is Walters, which is my grandmother’s maiden name. Like jewelry, family names can be handed down,” says Abramow. “It’s something that is meant to last.”

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Featured image charms inspired by Chantecaille powder compacts.

Above left small pink sapphire and large brown diamond charms.

Above right small white diamond and large pink sapphire charms on a 18k rose gold chain.


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