Australia one of the most beautiful wonders of the world has so much beauty to offer. Rainforests, coral reefs and the deepest azure ocean colors, all this have been a true inspiration for the talented and ingenious jewllery designer Margot McKinney. Her creations are a a true interpretation of Mother Nature. In her creations are incorporated unique combination of textures and powerful color pallet using the magnificent Australian opals, pearls and vivid coloured gemstones.
Margot is a perfectionist an author of opulence and abundance being one of the few designers who is able to bring to life in the most realistic way from the wonders of Australian landscape and wild animal life. Lizards, colorful parrots, the ocean's life force with its flamboyant fishes and marine invertebrates all captured in spectacular jewellery designs. Some of the interesting facets of Margot's designs are the bold and luxurious structures. These jewellery pieces can be worn for a formal night and can be displayed in the a sunset golden hour on the beach. Wearability and durability are long lasting benefits of these marvelous jewels.
Play of colour
Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name "Opalus" that was synonymous with “precious stone.”
You may well see all the colours of the rainbow in a single precious opal. As early as the 1st century A.D., the Roman philosopher Pliny wrote:
"For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light."
The majority of the world’s precious opal comes from Australia, where unique geological conditions allowed the formation of this rare gemstone. Most light opal is found in South Australia, black opal in New South Wales – especially Lightning Ridge – and boulder opal in Queensland.
In the New South Wales beneath a wonderful tropical landscape lies a mysterious mineraloid gel that Margot uses in her collections.
Exotic abundance collier featuring Paraiba tourmalines coloured gemstones and Lightning Ridge opals. Pineapple bracelet with white agate and opals and the famous yellow gold cuff bracelet with satin finish encrusted with powerful blue Australian opal, Paraiba tourmaline and coloured gemstones.
Tahitian & Baroque Pearls
Margot revels for us a different perspective, transforming the most elegant and classical gemstone into a modern and exuberant sweet.
The gentle grey luster of a perfect Tahitian pearl is surrounded by an eruption of jungle green and sea blue sapphires, grass green peridots, blue-neon Paraiba tourmalines and diamonds. The ropes of outsized baroque pearls are well-known for their irregular shapes and each one has its own personality.
Margot's jewellery are created for strong, confident women
Margot McKinney wearing her majestic baroque pearls
"My jewels appeal to women who are not dictated to by brands are strong and confident of their own style,” which is exactly how you could describe Margot’s jewels that, once seen, are never forgotten."
Margot's jewellery collections display Australian opals, Paraiba tourmalines, sapphires and diamonds, grass-bright peridots or creamy lustrous pearls, extraordinary morganite, amethyst, rubellite and old-world Santa Maria aquamarines all creating a tropical lush.
Intricate details and large colorful gemstones with fire and personality its what characterizes these unique jewels. After so many years of research for the best quality gems, Margot has made a tight friendship with the opal miners at Lightning Ridge. The miners know that she likes the best for her jewels and they call her first when they find a special gem.
My deepest appreciation also goes for the way the jewllery was displayed for the public. Choosing the right colors pallet to be able to overlay jewellery, the right clothing textures that can perfectly complement the jewllery pieces or to contrast with it. Capturing all the skin textures and colors of the animals in the presentations, as well as in the jewllery itself I believe it has been a work of art.