old About Maison Daviel

"If a piece of jewelry can give a woman strength and confidence, then I want my work to empower as many women as possible!"

- Clara Schmitt, Founder, Designer -

 

The Concept

Jewelry is empowering. I believe it can not only inspire but also give you the confidence to achieve whatever you set your mind to. Throughout time, many iconic women have worn jewelry as emblems of their strength. Bold and elegant jewelry is helping me become the confident and strong-willed woman I aspire to be. I want to design empowering jewelry that enables you to assert your own individuality.

Maison Daviel jewelry is made for the busy lives of modern women who want to express their strength and the values by which they live. Whatever form of Rock Star you are, I want Maison Daviel to provide you with that extra boost to be your best self.

My designs adapt to the multifaceted modern woman: you can wear the Lucy signature earrings for everyday use, and when you need that extra boost, why not add a bold statement element to gain the confidence necessary to face the day’s challenges? Which one of our statement earring drops inspires you?

 

 

The designer

Growing up in Paris, my mother took my sister and me to museums and exhibitions on Wednesday afternoons. We especially loved going to the Musée de la Mode and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to explore their costume sections. We were inspired and we usually spent the rest of the afternoon dreaming, drawing, and designing extraordinary outfits and jewelry. My designs for Maison Daviel still seek to achieve that bold elegance that fired my imagination as a little girl!

I started my professional life as a social scientist. When I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I discovered a rich tradition of jewelry craftsmanship in the region and decided to follow my dream to live fully with my creativity. The practice of creating jewelry allows me to explore several aspects of my personality. I nourish my esthetic obsession by sculpting space and volumes while honoring my scientific interest in body adornment and its effect on the mindset.  If a piece of jewelry can give a woman strength and confidence, then I want my work to empower as many women as possible!

My creativity is driven by my curiosity. I enjoy exploring all kinds of techniques, from traditional jewelry fabrication to wax carving to 3D modelling and so on. Each new collection, each new piece of jewelry, is a wild new adventure! It’s a piece of my story and I hope that it will soon inspire yours!

 

The Atelier

All pieces are imagined and created in the Maison Daviel atelier in Seattle, WA.
The pieces of jewelry from my collections are fabricated with a bit of help from great craftsmanship professionals in the United States, and a lot of my personal sweat in my atelier!

The one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry are entirely hand-carved in wax by me, generally around a specific hand-picked stone. They are custom made by request.

 

 

The choice of Silver and Vermeil

All of Maison Daviel's Jewerly is carefully made with solid recycled sterling silver.

Vermeil is obtained by applying a thick layer of gold on silver. Maison Daviel Vermeil jewelry is made out of an 18k and 3 micron thick gold layer over the solid recycle sterling silver.This thick layer provides a long lasting golden color to each pieces of jewelry.

Vermeil pieces of jewelry are made only and entirely out of precious metal alloys, which gives the piece an intrinsic value. It matters greatly to my mind that the piece of jewelry that I'm wearing is entirely made out of precious metal and that no mysterious metal is hidden under a thin layer of precious metal (sensitive skins take note!). Solid gold can be quite expensive. So for a golden finish, vermeil offers a perfect balance between quality and value. It allows you to build a collection of high-quality designer jewelry on a reasonable budget! And remember that, with a little tender loving care, vermeil jewelry will maintain that warm and classy gold finish for a very long time.

To vouch for this quality, every piece is marked with the Maison Daviel mark: 'M.D'. And every piece is marked with the '925' Sterling Silver mark.