Margo Manhattan, an internationally-renowned jewelry designer, was born into a life of art, beauty and culture as the daughter of prima ballerina Karin von Aroldingen and god-daughter to ballet legend George Balanchine.
She gets inspiration for her designs from the fast pace of New York City and ballet worlds theatrical scenes. Margo’s designs are bold and edgy, yet elegant and sexy. Margo began dreaming of becoming a jewelry designer when she was a child and started making jewelry in the byzantine technique at the age of 15.
As she grew, her passion for metals, stones and jewelry making developed. After studying jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Margo perfected her design skills in Paris at the Studio Bercot.
During her time in Paris she began working with fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Kelly and with famed Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort. Not long after her arrival to Paris, Margo’s jewelry was prominently featured in Paris Vogue after her jewelry was featured in a styling shoot by Patrick Demarchelier.
After being discovered, Margo Manhattan’s designs were sold around the world from Paris to Hong Kong. After her time in Paris, Margo Manhattan moved back to New York City in order to continue producing her jewelry line.
Photo: Margo Manhattan (center) with Models, courtesy of Margo Manhattan