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I met Jane through our mutual friend Amber a few years ago. Actually, I knew Jane’s jewelry first, as Amber was always wearing these beautiful glass rings, earrings and necklaces. Glass jewelry! Beautiful. Jane and I live and work in the same neighborhood and just the other day I ran into her as she was on her way to take her son George (the cutie above) to an art class at the YMCA. 

Name: Jane D’Arensbourg

OccupationArtist, Jewelry Designer

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Where do you currently reside?: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite MCMC fragranceNOBLE

When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I was 14 years old. I wore China Rain perfume oil, and I also wore YSL Paris.

If you were a plant, what would you be?: A Magnolia flower. It reminds me of my childhood in New Orleans.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Fermenting experiments and lots of other goodies. My husband is a chef. Yes I am spoiled!

Three words that describe you: Loyal, sensitive, dreamer

I am totally an impulse shopper. I won’t buy anything for months – literally, months – and then one day I’ll remember all these things I’ve been wanting and get them at once. Sigh…

Happy to report that my most recent acquirements include a pair of Melissa Joy Manning horseshoe hoop earrings, a Talon silver amulette, and I finally did decide on that Claire Vivier Le Mini Sac.

middle photo via Honestly WTF / bottom photo via Reasonably So

The lovely lady I share a studio with, Jennifer, asked my sister and I to model her newest collection of jewelry for Odette NY, called Eye of Ra (check out the full lookbook here and here). I love the esoteric influences in her recent work and happily obliged – especially since it involved a trip to Jackson Heights for henna! I wear the large arrow bracelet now every day.

Photos by Jennifer Sarkilahti

It’s been amazing to have a few days off after what was a very busy December.  I’ve slept in every morning and seem to be catching up on a little laziness.

We spent Christmas eve with Jose’s family which was epic to say the least.  He has a very big family compared to my side, so get-togethers with them means copious amounts of food, drink, dancing (merengue!  At that point I usually have to run from the room with my half asian/half white self), kids, and the whole nine. It’s always fun to meet new cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces.

It was wonderful to spend Christmas day just chilling and I loved the gifts I got this year.  Jose gave me a Japanese knife (the one on the left) from Love, Adorned (my favorite store!) with turquoise and mother of pearl inlay.  Along with the small hand-carved one I got in Kyoto last year, I now have a little collection going.

I also got lots of new jewelry this holiday season, and I’m proud to say that most of them were trades.  And that’s just a small selection above!  From left: a braided necklace I learned to make in Erin Considine’s class at the Textile Arts Center, a glass amulet from Emily, a talon necklace from Katrina, small heart studs from Addie, and glass earrings from Jane.  I love that the glass earrings look like caramelized sugar.


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