Over the rainbow: the wonderful world of Margot McKinney

Australian jeweller Margot McKinney joins us on Tea with Maria to talk about her distinctive maximalist and highly colourful style.

Opal ring from Margot McKinney

You will never forget the moment you first see a Margot McKinney  jewel. A mix of wonder and fascination, the experience is sealed in the mind. With an innate eye for colour and design, McKinney packs into jewels the abundant and majestic landscapes of her native Australia.

A ring evokes an electric blue lagoon fringed by lush vegetation; a dusky sunset is captured in cascading, tumbling translucent gemstones. With a clear preference for the gems of Australia, the shy pearl takes centre stage and lightning flashes of colour draw the eye into the mysterious heart of the finest quality opals.

Read more about pearls through the ages here. 

Multi stone drop earrings from Margot McKinney
Stunning colours for these earrings from Margot McKinney set with rubellite, kunzite, aquamarine, tanzanite, peridot.   

All this in proportions and with an abundance of colour to vie with the bounty of the designer’s homeland, making McKinney’s jewels a luscious feast for the senses. Outsized, vibrantly coloured, pebble-smooth gemstones rub shoulders with lustrous baroque or creamy smooth South Sea pearls. A rainbow arrangement of tourmalines swirls around a stellar opal creating new harmonies of colour and texture. One seen, never forgotten McKinney’s jewels will linger in your mind’s eye.

And who better to talk about these jewels than Margot McKinney herself as she joins the Jewellery Editor for an Instagram Live interview. Replay the video above to find out more. 

Discover baroque pearls here.



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