MoMuse founder and designer, Margaret O'Rourke, has collaborated with stylist Ingrid Hoey to launch The Synergy Collection - a fine jewellery collection to celebrate friendship. The Synergy Collection includes nine pieces composed of 9kt gold, 18kt gold and natural diamonds. Hero pieces include drop earrings, initial huggies, layering necklaces, delicate diamond stackable rings, a signet ring and a modern infinity bracelet. Here, we discuss the importance of friendships and the inspiration behind their new collection.
What is it about Mags / Ingrid that makes them a good friend?
Ingrid Mags is such a great listener, and she’s so bloody wise! She always gives me really good advice and is also really supportive. Nothing in life is ever plain sailing. We all need friends beside us, to enjoy the great times and help us to navigate the more difficult ones.
Mags Friendships are so important to both of us. Ingrid is one of the kindest people and has been the most amazing support to me over the years.
"Friendships are so important to both of us."
What was it like working together on the collection?
Ingrid SO. MUCH. FUN.
Mags and I have always had a really special friendship, we have been through so much both personally and professionally together. We both respect each other's viewpoints and we both know our strengths that we each bring to the collection.
We wanted to create something that meant something to the friendships in our lives. For us, it's the lovely clean lines in some of the pieces and how our paths crossed and bonded. She is the most fun person to spend time with - we had lots of coffee and tea get-togethers over the past year working on this.
How did you design the collection together? How did you bring the sentiment of friendship into the pieces?
Ingrid Mags and I spent so much time chatting about what we wanted the collection to represent and what we wanted it to look like. From creating mood boards, sketching some initial ideas out over copious amounts of tea, and drawing inspiration from our own style, we created pieces that represent the longevity and beauty of friendship, through the shape and structure and also the fact the pieces are 9kt and 18kt gold.
Mags Ingrid being the most amazing stylist - she’s so inspiring. We wanted wearable pieces that would last a lifetime. The most fun was seeing them come to life and particularly the shoot day, where we got to wear them and see them styled in many ways. We had the best day.
How will you style the new collection?
Ingrid When we set out to design this collection, we both wanted it to be timeless, classic and beautiful. We wanted pieces you can wear everyday. For me, I’ll wear it everyday with a crisp white shirt, denims and ballet flats, or a beautiful black dress and heels for dinner. What’s beautiful about the pieces is they can be worn your way, everyday.