Jewellery

Who is jeweller Meghan Farrell?

A jeweller, photographer and marketing-agency producer, modern-day ‘slashie’ Meghan Farrell talks about her road to boundless creativity

By Alexandra Zagalsky

New York-based talent, Meghan Farrell, is a modern renaissance woman. She’s an associate producer at a dynamic marketing agency, a trained actress, a photographer and a jewellery maker. Even a cursory glance at her Instagram account @meghan_farrell shows her to be one of those breezy tastemakers who instinctively knows how to package good style, be it via an artfully angled selfie, a panoramic holiday shot or a crisp image of a sleek interior. In short, she has a great eye for design and a knack for making even the most prosaic things look beautiful. It’s no wonder, then, that her jewellery designs – scrollable via @mf_ jewellery – reflect this well curated and creatively edge.

At once effortlessly elegant and playful, her aesthetic is best demonstrated by her signature yellow and white gold ‘Jawz’ design applied to pendants, rings and earrings. The shape is inspired by a great white shark’s open mouth, complete with miniature spikes for teeth, some encrusted with pave diamonds. The popularity of her small but well-considered portfolio speaks for itself: the Haim sisters love her pieces, while Secession actor, Kieran Culkin, has a white gold and diamond Jawz ring that he likes to wear on his right hand.

Meghan Farrell’s Jawz, Sharkbite and Pavé Beat necklaces

“I have always romanticised the films of Steven Spielberg, even though they’re not especially romantic. Jaws was such an impactful movie for me, and I guess I just wanted to capture that vibe. Plus, I love the way the softly curved triangular form suggests the shape of a vagina. There’s a subtlety there,” says the 38-year-old, who was first encouraged to design a range of jewellery by an editor at Teen Vogue while she was interning at the magazine as a college student. After acting school, she worked in fashion retail and was snapped up by Opening Ceremony in New York. “The team brought me into meet [founders] Humberto [Leon] et Carol [Lim], and within a week, I was one of the assistant managers at the [Soho] store, dealing with celebrity clients and VIPs. Then, I was promoted to assist assistant buyer and sourcing all the accessories by myself,” she explains.

Meghan Farrell
Meghan Farrell’s Skip Beat ring

At the time, Opening Ceremony was blazing a trail in the fashion industry and Farrell was seemingly riding on the crest of a wave, yet the urge to create was too strong for her to resist. In the evenings, she attended a bench jewellery workshop at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), eventually progressing to a more technical class which allowed her to design digitally using Rhino and CAD software programmes.

Sticking to a rigid career path was never an option for Farrell and it’s certainly a life choice that’s paid off, allowing her to be inventive on her own terms. Her jewellery pieces are emotive things, made according to her own passions and adventures. For example, her hugely popular Heartbeat range, which riffs off the spiky patterns made by an electrocardiogram, was in fact inspired by the ‘rhythm’ of a personal relationship:

Meghan Farrell
Meghan Farrell’s Beat Beat ring

“I was DJ-ing at the time and I was in love with someone who was a drummer. I also worked in fashion with [British stylist and Fashion Consultant] Kate Foley and she had these beautiful finger tattoos, so I toyed with that idea for a while. I drew a heartbeat on my finger and the pattern for those pieces just came from that as an expression of love,” says Farrell who also likes to foster a touch of mystery in the hearts and minds of her customers. “I love that the line looks like a squiggle, a little Elsa Peretti in spirit, so it draws you to the romance of the past, but it secures you in the energy and possibilities of the present.”

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