Shop These Handblown Glass Charms From a French Jeweller

Charlotte Chesnais launches a new collection, comprising 50 limited-edition miniature glass hoops she refers to as doughnuts.

Article by Ellie Pithers

27-TMAG-MEXICAN-BREWERY-4Charlotte Chesnais’s limited-edition doughnut charms are made in France and intended to adorn earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Photograph by Christian Colomer.

When the French jewellery designer Charlotte Chesnais was working for Balenciaga under the fashion house’s then-creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, she developed a range of handblown glass bangles to adorn the wrists of models for the spring 2012 runway show. Now, over a decade later, Chesnais has reprised the idea for her own jewellery label with a new summer collection comprising 50 limited-edition miniature glass hoops she refers to as doughnuts. Individually handblown in a variety of iridescent colours by the same woman who made the original glass bangles in a studio outside of Lille, in northern France, the doughnuts can be hung from hoop earrings or threaded onto necklaces and bracelets like charms. “They look like water that has been crystallised, or small ice cubes,” says Chesnais, who is known for her sculptural pieces defined by swooping arcs and spirals. One doughnut will be offered with every purchase of Chesnais’s lacquered Petit Wave earrings, which are available online, at the brand’s two Parisian stores and at a monthlong pop-up opening July 28 at Pepa, a fashion boutique in Cadaqués, Spain. The coastal village was once a frequent haunt of the Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, whose work is a recurring source of inspiration for Chesnais, giving the project a full-circle feel. From about $390,