Good and Beautiful Indeed
Good And Beautiful… is the literal French to English translation of the name “Belle Et Bonne”.
Belle et Bonne is a private label jewelry design business founded by creative powerhouse, Hilary Barbour. Her designs can generally fall into the genre of bohemian chic with classic elegant touches. Each piece is individually hand-crafted. Every single stone is hand chosen~from semi-precious gemstones to freshwater pearls. The precious metals are carefully hand-constructed with skill and attention to the most delicate of details. The influence for her work lies in her international upbringing. She spent much of her childhood and youth visiting places like Europe, India and Morocco~where fashion, influential styles and creative freedom abounds. It seems only natural these traits would impact her creativity later in life during her personal creative evolution.
Her early professional life was spent in the areas of conservation and such but with the encouragement of her late mother and former partner. In 2005 she launched her jewelry line with an emphasis on giving back to charities close to her heart. Quickly, she developed a loyal following among Washington women and found a niche market and popularity especially among Washington news anchors and radio personalities which was a much unexpected but much appreciated recognition of all her hard work and love poured into her collections. The success and growth of belle et bonne has continued to grow due to it’s exceptional beauty and distinct style. They are stand out, show stopping pieces and they are continually gaining in popularity as they should! The more women who are exposed to this brand, fall in love with the pieces unanimously. Barbour’s vision of empowering women “one jewel at a time” is spreading like wildfire and is leaving a legacy that she and the memory of her mother would be honored to be a part of.
The studio is located in the picturesque small town of Falls Church, Virginia. Where concerts in the park, farmer’s markets and beautiful historic homes dot tree lined streets; and a gift shop lies nestled in the quaint village showcasing the spectacular pieces which are generating quite a buzz among celebrities and quite an impressive line up write ups in of print magazines and online publications like The Goosie Girl Blog, of course 😉
The collection is filled with a filled with statement pieces you will adore. There are two types of necklaces, short (with extenders) and long, as well as earrings too. There are several styles of earrings~from hoops to mesh~and everything from peridot to sterling. There’s something that will appeal to just about any style or taste.
Yesterday, I received a sample necklace in the mail in a gorgeous organza bag tied with a satin ribbon and I was absolutely breathless and I gently poured the gilded luminescent piece onto my lap. What beauty fell before my eyes, the breath escaped me. My children gathered around me to see what gorgeousness I had just laid out before them. Little Jack Jack said in a hushed tone, “wow! mom, that’s amazing!”…. I could barely speak. The weight of the necklace alone told me of it’s incredible quality, it was fantastic.
I held it in my open palms and studied the luminescent green stones with golden specks and gold linked chain. I couldn’t WAIT to try it on! Each and every link, a work of art, the most perfect piece I had ever laid my eyes upon. And… to think this was made by one person’s very own hands… ONE person’s very own skilled hands. Simply inconceivable! The gorgeousness blew me away. I felt like a princess with it on. I felt so important wearing it, besides my wedding ring, I think it was the most impressive piece of jewelry anyone had ever given me in my life. The most well put together, most marvelous piece of gorgeousness I had ever laid my eyes upon. I can not say enough amazing things about this necklace. I will cherish it all the days of my life. She should be raising her prices, it is worth every single penny and then some. The quality is unsurpassed in my eyes, and she could easily be getting double for what these sell for on her website. NOW I have my eye on a pair of gorgeous earrings I saw on her site that I think would go smashingly with this necklace too! LOL!
I would like to encouage ALL of you to go to her website and PLEASE check out all of her pieces, earrings, short and long necklaces. You will love the browsing, the window shopping, and if you have a birthday, anniversary or special occasion coming up that you need a special gift for, THIS is the place to go (and NOOOOO I am not being paid to say any of this on this blog, AT ALL~ every word of what I am saying is from the heart) I am truly and thoroughly impressed through and through with Hilary Barbour / Belle et Bonne ‘s Work and I want to shout it from the roof tops! Please like this post (at the bottom , +1, tweet and share it on facebook with all your friends, she deserves all the support she can get~ I have never seen an individual more talented than this woman~ and y’all know how I am about supporting independent, woman-owned small American owned businesses… tell everyone you know… spread the word!!) Pin it!!!!
Thank you to Hilary for blessing me with this amazing piece, it’s INCREDIBLE and will be an heirloom piece I pass down to my daughter or perhaps a granddaughter someday! WOW is all I have to say, breathtaking! Amazing work!