Episode 49 // Margot McKinney: If Not Now When

July 28, 2023

“… if people were to think about Margot McKinney, they would think about big, colourful pieces of jewellery that you don’t see anywhere else.”

Margot speaking to Judy in the Brisbane recording studio, June 2023



Margot McKinney’s jewellery is inspired by the vibrant, exotic textures and colours that are so abundant in the natural world. Coral reefs teeming with life, rich dappled rainforests, the red dusty outback and deepest azure oceans are all reflected in the organic forms of Margot’s exquisite creations.

Based in Australia, Margot McKinney hails from a long family tradition of luxury retail, dating back to 1884. This heritage is evident in the pristine craftsmanship of her one-of-a-kind statement pieces.

For Margot, the creative process often begins with a unique gem; sourced with a keen eye and discerning vision from the most important mines in the world. Respecting the stone’s intrinsic qualities, she fashions the ideal setting for the gem to shine at its most brilliant, draped gracefully around a neck, or sparkling from an ear or wrist.

Margot’s pieces have become a coveted staple in the wardrobes of the most inspirational public figures, including influential people in the world of business and politics, together with A-list Hollywood stars. Her jewels have graced red carpets from the Oscars to Cannes and Monaco, and been worn by celebrities.

The Margot McKinney Collection is a jewel in the crown of prestigious luxury retailers Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman where discerning men and women from the US and around the world are discovering its unique, inimitable beauty.

In April 2022, Neiman Marcus invited Margot to recreates her flagship Brisbane Store (Australia) at Dallas Northpark. It was the first ‘activation’ for Neiman Marcus Precious Jewels after COVID.

Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck toured the salon and declared, ‘Our ongoing partnership with Margot McKinney is one of shared synergies. Margot’s unusual combinations of colours and materials sets her designs apart. These poetic, powerful and positive creations are a reflection of the woman herself and channel the essence of our customers.’

‘The salon represents the pinnacle of luxury and the ultimate experience for our clients,’ he said.

In June 2022, Margot McKinney is invited by the Museum of Brisbane to join the fourth exhibition in MoB’s identity series that celebrates creative greats who call Brisbane home. The World of Wonder: Margot McKinney exhibition unearths stories about Margot’s illustrious career and the miracles of nature that make up her designs.