Inside the Atelier of Francoise Montague

One of our principle goals as the purveyors of luxury costume jewelry, is to provide our clients with quality pieces that they will cherish for decades. Quality is a subject that comes up often around the Isabelle K office. We travel the world to find the best in costume jewelry and I must admit, the more we travel, the more we realize that true craftsmanship as it pertains to luxury jewelry is a dying art. So, if you’ve ever searched our website and wondered why we don’t sell earrings for $25, I have your answer. 

Welcome to the Atelier of French design house Francoise Montague. According to Wikipedia: “Atelier is the French word for “workshop”, and in English is used principally for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants worked together producing pieces that went out in the master’s name.” Marion Stern, the mastermind of the Montague atelier, painstakingly picks each bead, strings each strand, and constructs each piece by hand with her small staff of expert artisans. She knows her platers by name, her bead vendors are people with whom she’s worked for decades, and her business caters to people who want to know that they are buying one of a kind pieces of art. No mass produced goods here my friends. We appreciate the craft and the process, but more importantly we are acutely aware of the fact that true artistry does not take place in a factory, but rather in the careful hands of the artist herself. We champion this process and we invite you to join us. 

Marion working in her Parisian atelier

Marion working in her Parisian atelier

Beads

Beads

Necklace mid-construction

Necklace mid-construction

Isabelle in awe

Isabelle in awe

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