The Michael Michaud Jewelry Collection, designed by Michael Michaud, is a world renowned collection of botanical jewelry. It captures the beauty and exquisite detail of nature using soft patinas on bronze accented with pearls, beads, coral and stones. His exacting attention to detail gives you true to nature, botanical jewelry. This unique jewelry is made by creating molds directly from botanical elements in a process similar to lost-wax casting. While traditional lost-wax casting begins with a hand-carved model of wax, Michael Michaud instead uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model. A mold is created around the botanical element and as it is heated the plant matter burns away and leaves behind a beautifully detailed mold of itself. Michael Michaud Jewelry is renowned for its beauty and workmanship and is featured in the finest museums, galleries and speciality retailers around the world. Many collections are commissioned by leading museums such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art and the Château de Versailles. Artist Michael Michaud attended the Rochester Institute of Technology's prestigious school for American craftsmen, where he studied under designers Hans Christenson and Gary Griffin and became a master in the creation and manipulation of molds. After graduating in 1980, Michael Michaud continued to perfect his craft while working under jewelry designers in the New York City area. In 1991, he found himself working in New York City's flower district and living in the beautiful Connecticut countryside - his love of the natural beauty that surrounded him began to blend with his passion for creating jewelry which lead to the birth of Michael Michaud Jewelry. Each piece of Michael Michaud Jewelry is handcrafted in New York, U.S.A.
Michael has studied extensively with some of America’s finest glass artists at various institutions including the prestigious Corning and Urban glass programs. He experienced first- hand the art of creating handmade jewelry and metal objects as a young man. Surrounded by the skilled craftsmen at his father’s studio he envisioned combining the master craftsmanship of his father with his own true love of “art glass”. He began his career collaborating with his father by creating glass elements for jewelry collections licensed by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2011, Michael and his brother Shane Michaud, who manages the business, launched Michael Vincent Michaud with the Spring 2011 collection of exceptional cast metal and luminous hand-cast glass designs. The glass piece they create resembel sea glass. The Michaud brothers designs are cast in bronze layered in gold and silver. All the pieces are handmade with care and hiqh quality materials. All of the glass elements for sale are cast or flameworked by hand.