"Jewelry designers are true artists and Michele, owner of Michou, is an exemplary artist. I have had the pleasure of meeting her on several occasions and I am incredibly inspired by her passion for the trade. Something I like best about Michou is the select, one-of-a-kind designs that are introduced with each new product launch. There is something very special about owning a piece of jewelry that nobody else has."
-Kelly Glennon, Owner, Jewelry Creations
Michou has been turning inspiration into art for over 35 years. Calling its jewelry “Art to Wear”, Michou has created a distinctive collection that speaks to women all over the world.
It is nearly impossible to separate Michou from its creator, Michele Sonner. The name “Michou” itself, a derivation of the French endearment mon petit chou, is the childhood nickname of the artist behind Michou’s unique designs. The name, like the jewelry Michou creates, is a keepsake of Michele’s childhood and part of her history.
Michele's love of art and antiques first drew her into jewelry design when, by chance, she discovered a tiny collection of rings during a ski trip in the Swiss Alps. The rings were created in Bali using a very special technique called granulation, an ancient art form of creating patterns by fusing granules of silver or gold onto an object. Michele was so inspired that months later the New York City native found herself on the faraway tropical island of Bali to apprentice with the artisans, learning skills that had been handed down over countless generations.
Michele instinctively uses her knowledge of stones and jewelry designs to speak to women. The phenomenon of a woman experiencing an instant connection to a particular piece of jewelry is described by Michele as her piece finding its forever owner. She loves empowering women to connect with and purchase their own jewelry. “I create collections that women can connect with and embrace. Each piece is ageless, filled with heart so that it becomes part of the woman who wears it.”