Inspired by art, fashion and nature, Fabienne Belnou has been designing jewellery for over 25 years. Photo: Mike Zenari
Creativity connects everything, says Fabienne Belnou, owner of the jewellery store that bears her name.
She says she draws inspiration for her designs from travel, architecture, nature, fashion, floral art and painting.
Having been in the business for 26 years, Fabienne has in-depth knowledge of how jewellery has evolved. She likens it to the development in furniture design. “Contemporary jewellery is more delicate, more airy,” she explains. “I like to create jewellery that has a story or a symbolic meaning, but that isn’t obvious to anyone but the owner.”
One of her hallmarks is a service that allows clients to give old jewellery a new lease of life. They bring in an object and together with Fabienne they sketch out a new piece with a more contemporary twist. The sketching table on the showroom floor is the centre of Fabienne’s creative process, while in the downstairs studio her goldsmith works with meticulous precision to create the pieces from her designs.
Fabienne is also about to launch, with permission of the government, on a series of precious metal jewels for men and women based on the symbols of the grand duchy--cufflinks bearing the grand ducal coat of arms, necklace pendants and earrings with the Luxembourg lion are among the collection of 16 different pieces.
Fabienne is also taking her own initiative by setting up an academy in her name. It offers individual 4-day courses with master goldsmith Lauro Lichius in creating jewellery (there are different 3 levels), gem setting and engraving using a microscope. “It’s something that doesn’t exist in Luxembourg at all, and people have shown interest.”
Here are three trend tips Fabienne Belnou sees on the horizon for the upcoming season.