Monica Vinader on Mother's Day
There's a reason why jewelry is a universal go-to for mom on her big day. We sat down with Monica of Monica Vinader—the UK-based line of contemporary fine jewelry—to find out just what it is that makes jewelry so special.
Throughout your design career, you've often been inspired by your mom, Teresa. What's in her jewelry box?
She has an incredible collection—a lot of vintage 1950s and '60s jewelry. Where I grew up in Spain, people get quite dressy, and mom used to let me wear really gorgeous pieces that I just fell in love with. The Baja collection was inspired by my memories of wearing my mom's jewelry. She was daring, and her jewelry was quite chunky. So even though I was young, I was wearing big pieces, and I think that boldness stuck with me.
Do you remember the first time you were given a special piece of jewelry?
My first special pieces came from my grandmother Pilar, who had the most beautiful, manicured hands, and always used to have on gorgeous rings. She gave me a ring that I Ioved. She also gave me a charm bracelet that she would add charms to. For me, capturing that keepsake was very exciting.
Style aside, what makes jewelry so meaningful when we give it as a gift?
It's all about memories, and your jewelry is with you every day. When you're gifting or you're being gifted jewelry, you remember that joy. Jewelry is a way to capture a moment.
Monica Vinader offers free engraving on your pieces. What sets your engraving service apart from other brands?
We can engrave a piece with any design our customer provides, whether it's a kid's doodle or someone's handwriting or a thumbprint. For Mother's Day, that's one of the things that excites our customers the most—that it's not just an ABC or a date, it's actually a bit more personal.
Any pieces in your collections come to mind as especially good for engraving?
You can't go wrong with any of our friendship bracelets featuring a personal engraving. I wear this bracelet with my daughter Scarlett's signature engraved on it, which makes it a priceless piece of jewelry for me. The Ziggy Pendant Charm is wonderful for a sweet and delicate engraving, and the Nura Large Teardrop Pendant Necklace is a statement piece with space for a longer message or a design like a child's drawing.
Monica Vinader jewelry is both timeless, and very current. How do you design pieces we want to wear now and forever?
I think it's because we don't follow trends, which means that every collection has authentic inspiration. When we create newness every season, we're influenced less by the next color that's in, or the next shape that's in. Instead, we're looking at how to evolve the collection in its own way. And our pieces have staying power. You can mix them all up together. You can layer them and build your collection. It's part of expressing who you are.
Do you have a current favorite in your personal collection?
The pendant engraved with Scarlett's drawing from when she was little. I look at my pendant, and I think, gosh, my daughter was four once. Now I've got a 12-year-old who's taller than me. It's a moment that I'll always have.
What's Scarlett like now?
She's amazing. Gregarious. Fun. She has a pony she loves riding. She's much braver than me. I couldn't ride. I'm scared of horses.
What about you? Are you any different now than you were 12 years ago?
I don't know if I'm different, but I have to say I'd been with my husband, Nick, for quite a number of years before we had our daughter. And when she was born, we both felt like she'd always been with us. It was quite a strange feeling that I wasn't expecting. There was this new baby. We didn't know her, but we felt like she had always been part of our life. That she was always part of the story.