Jewelry designer Monique Pèan has always used her travels to far-flung, remote places on the planet to inspire her fine jewelry collections, which has also led to deep concerns about sustainability and the environment. In fact, Pèan has built several clean-water wells in communities affected by jewelry production. It adds a hefty dose of authenticity to her modern yet organic designs. For her new Tarai collection shown at Momofuku Ko, she traveled to Chile, where she explored Easter Island and Patagonia, among other places.
On Easter Island, she discovered a native stone, cosmic obsidian, which is found on the ground so there's no need to mine it. Pèan worked with the local indigenous artisans, who are the only people skilled to work with the stone, to create a centerpiece of this collection, an 18-karat white gold diamond pavè ring with Scandinavian meteorite and the rare gemstone.
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