The Jewelry Insider

May 10, 2011

A New Orleans jewelry designer created a Gulf-inspired collection of mourning jewels to help raise awareness and relief funds for the oil spill
disaster. See how you can help.

Jewelry is usually worn to symbolize celebratory
occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, but it’s also used raise awareness or to mark times of great sadness.

With the Gulf oil disaster now the largest offshore spill in U.S. history,
one New Orleans jewelry designer decided to mourn the loss of the region’s
treasured marine life with a jewelry line called “In Mourning”.

Mignon Faget’s collection features pieces that she selected and redesigned
from her earlier work. Redfish, speckled trout, oysters and pelicans are
presented as sterling silver or 14-karat gold pins backed with black ribbons or
as pendants on black cords.

“It is a heartbreaking statement to make with jewelry originally designed to
celebrate the abundant gifts of our coast, but the reality is that we need to
make people aware of this disaster and the long-term effects on this region,”
Faget said in a media release.

Designs in the “In Mourning” collection retail from $65 to $300, with
proceeds benefiting the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
(, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and
protecting the Louisiana coast.

Purchases can be made in Mignon Faget galleries in New Orleans and Baton
Rouge, La., as well as through the designer’s Web site,

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