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Artist Focus: Michael Michaud

Something we like to do here at Podarok is put a face to the names of the many artists and designers we feature in store and online. One of our most popular collections is the range of nature inspired jewellery expertly created by American designer Michael Michaud. So, let's get to know him shall we?
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Michaud's path to the very top of boutique designer jewellery very much centres around his relationship with the state of New York. After studying and becoming a master of moulds at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1970s, Michael continued to hone his skills by working for several different jewellery makers in New York. But it wasn't until 1991 that he found his true niche and calling. A combination of living in the picturesque Connecticut countryside and working in New York's vibrant flower district lead to a passionate appreciation of the beauty of nature, and the Michael Michaud range of botanical jewellery was born.

Beautiful pieces, I am sure you agree. But what is it that sets Michael Michaud creations apart from the rest in terms of quality and originality? The secret lies in the moulding process. Rather than using models, Michael casts his pieces directly from actual leaves, flowers and branches, with the plant burning away and leaving behind a beautifully intricate and life like mould, from which he can then embellish with luxurious items such as fresh water pearls and coloured garnet. The fashion and art worlds clearly agree with us on the standard of Michael's creations, as he has had featured collections all over the world in revered institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art and the Chateau de Versailles.

So much praise and acclaim, the best thing to do is to see for yourself. Podarok are proud to stock a large and varied selection of Michael Michaud jewellery. Browse the selection here, jewellery inspired by nature and equally as stunning.
May 19, 2014 by Amy Andrews
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