On Friday, I paid a long-anticipated visit to the French Kande jewelry studio, where these unique pieces are designed and made. (Above: Nikki, the Production Manager has a meeting in the main room.)
For those who aren’t yet familiar with this jewelry line and the story behind it, in 2009 on a visit to Paris, Kande Hall found some interesting vintage medallions at the marché aux puces (flea market). Not long after she returned home, she was inspired to add one of the medallions to a long strand of pearls, and a jewelry line was born!
The studio interior is a lovely, light and airy space. The building itself dates back to the 1920’s, and Kande and Lenn did lots of work to refurbish the space and make it fun and welcoming. The decor pays tribute to the French inspiration behind the designs.
Even the outdoor patio in back has some charming accents.
Kande showed me the vault where the stones, pearls, chains, medallions and findings are stored. One of the things I love most about this jewelry are the interesting stones used in the pieces. They’re beautiful on their own, but also harmonize with the medallions and settings very nicely.
Above, one of the artisans assembling a new piece. All French Kande pieces are made to order.
The most exciting part of the visit was getting a glimpse into Kande’s design process and a sneak peak of some of the designs she’s working on for the fall line. It’s going to be a fabulous collection, and I wanted one of everything she showed me!
One of the things I love most about French Kande pieces is how great they look when worn layered. Below are a few of the currently available pieces that I’m wearing most frequently. I find I prefer wearing more silver now during warmer months, as it feels light and fresh. But I do mix my metals too!
What are your favorite jewelry materials?