Women in Unity

photo by shane lavacher It has been one week since we woke up to the knowledge that Donald Trump will be our next president. For me, it has been a time of soul-searching, contemplation and protest. I have struggled with the frivolity of jewelry in the context of our nation’s pain, our environmental risk, and our tenuous civil rights.  It has been hard to want to hustle my wares when I know so many other causes need advocates. Marteau is a small business that sells luxury goods and is simply trying to remind everybody of the beauty that this wide,...

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Voguing with Ruby Aldridge

Originally published in Vogue, JULY 13, 2016 by TRACE BARNHILL Deep in the heart of the Lower East Side, down a skater-lined street, up a few heart-pumping flights of narrow slate stairs, past a doormat that reads “Room Where It Happened,” and down the hall from a (the?) Troll Museum (!), Ruby Aldridge is getting ready. Well, perhaps it’s more accurate to say Ruby Aldridge is being made ready. Nine people, including the model, have crowded into her one-bedroom, intent on turning her out for the Vogue.com x Coach karaoke party in style (and in time). Aldridge has just landed back in...

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Kindred Black interview Ariana Boussard-Reifel

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FOUNDER Q+A - originally posted on Kindred Black ARIANA BOUSSARD-REIFEL A lifelong collector of vintage and antique jewelry, Ariana Boussard-Reifel's journey to designing her first eponymous line started with Marteau, her collection and online gallery of rare and exotic global jewelry. This year, Boussard-Reifel launched her own minimal and refined pieces inspired by the tribal and indigenous cultures that she's so long studied through the art of their jewelry.    An artist, a jewelry designer, a collector, an antique and vintage jewelry expert, and a frequent traveler – how do you balance it all? It is generous to think that I’m...

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The Love of Figas

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Originally published 10.19.15 on gemgossip.com   The Figa--rich in history and quite elusive to some. What does it mean? And where did the talisman originate? I was mesmerized by a collection which has been in the making for years--that of Ariana Boussard-Reifel, owner of Marteau (formerly Mode Marteau) who has a penchant for vintage and antique anything, but especially jewelry.  I had to know more about her collection and asked for her expertise on the topic of the Figa, so she has put together a wonderful blog post for us. Be sure to check out her newly launched website, Marteau....

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