In an interview with Forbes, jewelry designer Deborah Pagani discusses her transition from working with hair to fine jewelry. In 2008, she shifted towards her project, Hair Objet, which features luxury hairpins and more.
"Clients will send me photos of pieces they have, and I give a few ideas of silhouettes that I think the stones could work well in," said Pagani when asked about the process of repurposing and reworking old jewels from clientele. "Sometimes they’ll see something I’ve designed on Instagram and they want to make a similar piece out of stones they have in old jewelry. I take the piece apart, have the stones cleaned and polished and we work together to come up with their dream piece, going back and forth with sketches and mocking up the design on CAD before putting it into production. It’s amazing to see what people discover when they go through their jewelry boxes and realize that the pieces they aren’t wearing can be transformed into something completely new and cool."
When asked about her inspirations, Pagani said, "Women like Jackie O., Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Grace Jones, and Anna May Wong are huge sources of inspiration for me. On the surface, they’re all very different, but they all exude a confidence that I want women to feel when they wear my jewelry. The designs also capture each of these women’s individual traits in some shape or form. Some pieces are eccentric, some are luxurious and excessive, but everything is timeless. I’m also very influenced by ‘80s excess and ‘90s minimalism."
When asked about her decision to combine her two passions of hair accessories and luxury jewelry into Hair Objet, Pagani said, "I’ve always loved using pins to style my hair but could never find one that was as sturdy and secure as it was chic. I decided to take matters into my own hands and use my experience in both industries to create something that was sleek, luxurious, and that paired well with jewelry. I started developing samples in 2017, workshopping different concepts until I landed on the signature DP Pin which launched in 2019."
Information originally sourced from Forbes.