Often, the initial impression we get when we visit a brand website gives us a good peek of its the overall aesthetic and vibe. When you visit Dauphin’s website, you’ll immediately be welcomed with a neat and clean theme, interspersed with the shine, sparkle, and glamour of the gallery of the finest pieces from its collections. If you’re one who haven’t had a lot of information about the brand, this is exactly the best way to be introduced to the label.
But spending hours looking at the beautiful pieces in their website (we know, we get hooked right away, too!) isn’t enough to let you in on the overall essence of the brand and its young founder. We have you covered on this one, as we get to know more about Dauphin and its journey that led it to a become world-class contemporary jewelry house we know today.
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Fearless woman with fresh perspectives
Maison Dauphin owes majority of its fame to the woman behind the brand, the young and fearless Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld. Bringing with her the love for design that runs in her blood, the only granddaughter of Jacques Dauphin (a pioneer of French advertising) moved from Paris to London, and started to make a name for herself and her brand.
Her inspiration to create jewelry pieces mainly comes from her educational background in history of the art, the lessons on power of image she got from her grandfather, and her passion for sculpture. Combining all these three together, she set on to materialize her awe and love for medium that lasts longer than a human’s lifetime, by starting her own jewelry house she called Maison Dauphin.
With her setting up the brand in her 20s, Charlotte was one to not just follow the usual path like many jewelers. She has fresh perspectives and a creative mind to materialize her ideas. As someone has specific wants and expectations from jewelry, she didn’t wear them until she started creating and making them on her own. Her goal was to have a “new classic” jewelry line for women, that perfect spot between all-matching vintage pieces, and the stylish but easily outdated fast-fashion jewelries of today.
Clean, youthful, and modern
With the brand and its founder’s aim to contribute new visual expressions to contemporary jewelry-making, Maison Dauphin’s pieces all boasts fresh designs filled with architectural notes—curves, drapes, stacks—all exuding a kind of beauty that is quiet rather than flamboyant, but oozing with class and ethereal vibe.
From its very first collection, Dauphin challenged the different possibilities with the designs and structures of their jewelry. Each piece has a silhouette like no other, with Charlotte herself strictly not allowing replication in her designs, envisioning every piece as part of a “new world” in the art of jewelry-making. But the brand’s geometric pieces don’t only wow with their silhouettes, but the range of medium they contain, including yellow, rose, white, ink blue and even black gold—with the perfect accents to use: diamonds. The pavé diamonds are used selectively to encrust and cover the pieces strategically. They either highlight the shape, extend the silhouette, or evoke an avant-garde feel of the jewelries.
The modern feel of Dauphin’s pieces are also attributed to the intelligent use of negative space by its designer, perfectly capturing a light and minimalist feel that easily attracts the younger market. This simple elegance is reflected in all pieces from the label’s series of collections, including the Volume line filled with stackable pieces; the Fluid line with drapes of diamonds as key details; the Disruptive line with untraditional shapes and silhouettes; and the Serpentine line with made from continuous loops with beautiful curvatures.
January of 2017 saw the launch of the brand’s e-commerce website, giving its customers easier access to their masterpieces. International shipping bridges the distance between the brand and its patrons, while the easy way to browse the brand’s collections established a relaxing way to shop for the perfect jewelry.
Being born in the contemporary world of accessorizing with jewelry, Dauphin can only look forward to exploring more ways to bring in fresh perspectives. Charlotte and her brand are keen on pushing their boundaries further, to grow Dauphins collection while retaining the soul of the brand, while continually keeping the interest of their fans and wearers. From new materials, like the brand’s first use of pink diamonds in 2017, to its plans for a new headquarters in Paris, Dauphin’s hopes to retain its momentum and its image of being uniquely different.