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Margot McKinney  Jewellery Designer. Proud of our 133 year old family business. Great loves: family, travel and of course, Jewellery.


The remote beauty that is East Arnhem Land home to the magnificent Australian south sea pearl. One can sit here day after day after day and not see a passing vessel nor witness an aircraft nor see another person, apart from the marvellous people who live and work at the farm. It is a different and quite alluring way of life, governed by the rhythm of sun up and sun down. As tempting as this deliciously sparkling turquoise water is - swimming is completely out of the question - sharks and crocodiles aplenty. As I was sitting grading pearls one morning I glanced up to see a huge croc laconically making his way through the water quite close to shore. That same day, as evening gave way to darkness, I spotted the dreaded black fin of a shark surfacing from time to time.... Landlubbers unite!! #eastarnhemland #australianpearls #australiandesigner #ilovetotravel #southseapearl #nhulunbuy #remote #crocodile #landlubbers

Swipe right - I cannot imagine three more diverse weekends in a row... "Weekend One" was a camping debut at the farm... in the rain ⛺️️☔️️😳. I must admit I did love driving the bob cat!! My husband was a great teacher, if not a little harsh when I dropped one load of timber... not to be deterred with my new hobby I stayed calm and carried on! "Weekend Two" was at the south sea pearl farm in remote East Arnhem Land witnessing the miracle that is harvest. 🚁⚪️⚪️⚪️ "Weekend Three" has seen a distinct change of 5 star pace at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok - my favourite hotel where the service and attention to detail are unsurpassed. At the MO Spa this morning I indulged in a luxurious, simultaneous treatment of a manicure, pedicure and facial - speedy maintenance for the slightly impatient! The libation the Spa was serving this morning was this divinely purple tea steeped from the Thai butterfly pea flower. As well as tasting rather wonderful, in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is ascribed various qualities including memory enhancing, antistress, antidepressant, tranquilizing, and sedative properties. I have been rather relaxed this afternoon! BTW - my bobcat instructor is with me in Bangkok! #ilovetotravel #campingadventures #nhulunbuy #eastarnhemland #australianpearls #southseapearl #margotmckinneyjewellery #margotmckinneypearls #oneofakindjewelry #hautejoaillerie @mo_bangkok #jewelleryinspiration #relaxingweekend #emporiumbne

My new "old" chairs headed towards us a week ago. I just love the @brunschwigfils fabric and how it has breathed fabulous life into these dining chairs. Thank you @annaspiro and @hommeinteriors for your marvelous attention to my new flagship store. We love it!! #margotmckinneyjewellery #flagshipstore #emporiumbne #everythingoldisnewagain #newstore #australiandesigner

As Pretty as a Picture - Pink and Pearls. These earrings gently whisper "take me on a summer holiday" 🌺🌴 When designing my jewellery I always have versatility in mind. The pearl pendant drops are detachable so one can wear just the top if one could ever bare to leave the pearls at home!! #margotmckinneypearls #margotmckinneyjewellery #girlsinpearls #summerjewelry #pearljewellery #southseapearljewelry #australianpearls #australiandesigner #ilovetotravel

While I was at the pearl farm we spent the afternoon perfecting a strand that has been many many years in the making! This Australian baroque south sea pearl necklace is now one of the finest in the world. How extraordinary to be able to sit with the pearl farmer and choose from the most beautiful Australian pearls just harvested from the sea - metres from where we are sitting! Legend has it that by the time a pearl is crafted into a piece of jewellery it will have been touched, picked up and put down, over 1000 times! The skill in grading pearls and selecting just the right pearl for a necklace is one developed over a lifetime of seeing and being around pearls and is not a suggested career path for the impatient! The appreciation for the many shapes in which a baroque pearl grows, the differences in lustre and the nuances of colour are stock in trade for a pearl grader. Being at the pearl harvest and having the rare privilege of witnessing these pearls being harvested is quite frankly one of the most amazing experiences of my jewellery life. #margotmckinneyjewellery #margotmckinneypearls #australianpearls #australiandesigner #summerjewelry #southseapearl #oneofakindjewelry #hautejoaillerie #nhulunbuy #eastarnhemland #ilovetotravel #iworkatmm #emporiumbne

Behold this impossibly rare violet Australian south sea pearl💜I could barely believe my eyes when it came out of the shell! It is the most beautiful shape, has an exceptional lustre and is perfectly clean. The colour is intriguing and rather spellbinding. Exceedingly rare, it will make the most wonderful pendant for someone to enjoy and treasure. #margotmckinneypearls #margotmckinneyjewellery #australianpearls #australiandesigner #southseapearljewelry #nhulunbuy #preciousjewels #oneofakindjewelry #rarejewels

This time yesterday I was flying out by 🚁from the pearl farm in remote East Arnhem Land. Helicopters at Dawn!! Watch this short video until the end - I had it on slo-mo and I noticed how alarming the blades of the 🚁look in slow motion 😳They were really faster than that!! The sunrise was sooooooo beautiful and so inspiring - I have a jewel in mind! What a wonderful start to the day. I feel so fortunate to have these amazing opportunities and experiences. #eastarnhemland #remote #helicopterride #dawn #margotmckinneypearls #margotmckinneyjewellery #ilovetotravel #iworkatmm #oneofakindjewelry #emporiumbne #neimanmarcus #australianpearls #southseapearljewelry #australiandesigner #jewelleryinspiration

What a priceless photo! The Countess of Wessex stumbles and nearly falls onto the Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot yesterday! #royalascot2017 #royalfamily #britishmonarchy #duchessofcambridge @britishmonarchy with @repostapp

I do have to say I am rather in love with helicopter rides! What a fabulous way to zip around!Here I am leaving the pearl farm at close to dawn this morning. What an extraordinary adventure - I feel so fortunate to be able to experience such amazing journeys. Thank you to everyone at the pearl farm for such an adventure. The pearls from the harvest are SO beautiful and I am beyond excited about designing fabulous jewels with them!! Nature is really something❣️I did have a string of Australian south sea pearls on - you just couldn't see them underneath my life vest! #oneofakindjewelry #iworkatmm #margotmckinneyjewellery #margotmckinneypearls #nhulunbuy #pearlingadventure #pearljewellery #southseapearl #southseapearljewelry #helicopterride #eastarnhemland

Pearls at Sunset 🌅 Experiencing life on the pearling mother ship and witnessing the pearls being harvested is so extraordinary. Then to be able to sit and ponder designs with this backdrop is a dream! East Arnhem Land is one of the remotest places on the planet. There is not a passing boat nor a plane overhead, not a light on the horizon at night - just the sheer raw beauty of the oldest of lands. #margotmckinneypearls #nhulunbuy #australianpearls #australiandesigner #southseapearljewelry #pearljewellery #emporiumbne #neimanmarcus #oneofakindjewelry #iworkatmm #ilovetotravel

Meet Sunny, one of the Pearl Farm chefs. There are so many vitally important roles to fill on the farm but we all know that a well satisfied appetite is very desirable and Sunny certainly sees to that! I would find cooking 3 meals a day for dozens of hungry people sooooo challenging, especially without the luxury of "popping out" for any essential forgotten ingredients 😳The nearest shop is an overnight ⛴ ride away or a 40 minute 🚁 journey. Not exactly around the corner. Sunny showed me around her dry storage yesterday when I was craving a nut or two and then we looked at the farm herb garden. I learnt that cane toads love coriander so every coriander pot is elevated! Who knew! Every meal is something to look forward to and there is always an amazing choice. I take my hat off to Sunny who stays cool and cheery and always has a wonderful smile to greet everyone! 🍴🍽🍪🌮🍤🍍🍑🌽🍆🍅🍜🍦🍝🍗🧀 #pearlingadventure #nhulunbuy #australianpearls #ilovetotravel #southseapearl #margotmckinneypearls #iworkatmm #southseapearljewelry #margotmckinneyjewellery

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