About Le Petit Gem
Le Petit Gem is a necklace that can represent parent and child, sisters, a generation piece for a grandmother, or even a bond between best friends.
LPG makes a great sentimental gift for a new mother, a significant birthday, or a young girl wanting to feel close to her mother or father.Le Petit Gem is a digitally native jewelry brand that provides the customer with an opportunity to create a personalized product that is made in the United States from semi precious and precious materials.
LPG came about from a personal experience I had with my daughter. As a working parent, the everlasting battle of when to find quality time to spend with your child is a forever challenge. When my daughter, Grayson, was having a hard time separating from me at the start of 1st grade, someone told me that if my daughter carried something of mine throughout the day, she would feel closer to me and feel safer to be apart from me. Grayson and I brainstormed about what this item could be. One day, while we were driving in the car she said to me, "Mama, I want you to make me a necklace. Half of the necklace would be your birthstone, and the other half would be my birthstone. That way we could always be together."
About Meredith Kahn
Meredith Kahn is an American designer, born and raised in New York. She attended Design School at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology. After years of working in Fashion, she ventured into the Jewelry industry and in 2004, created Made Her Think, a line of fashion jewelry and handbags. She later launched Meredith Kahn Fine Jewelry in 2008 and introduced a consulting component of her business where she developed and designed jewelry and handbag collections for established fashion brands.
Working world-wide with select clients, celebrities, specialized boutiques, and department stores has provided Meredith with the background, fundamental knowledge, and intuition to launch Le Petit Gem.
Meredith currently runs Le Petit Gem and Meredith Kahn Fine Jewelry out of California, where she now resides with her husband and 2 children.
What's up with the French?
In English, Le Petit Gem translates to “the little gem”. This of course has two meanings. We are literally creating necklaces of “little gems” but we are also capturing something inside of that necklace that is so precious, just like a gem.
Question: “Why the use of the French language?”
Answer: I am not French, nor do I have any ancestors in my family tree related to someone of French decent. I do not speak French, nor can I read French. It seems you don’t have to be or do any of these things in order to fall deeply in love with a city in France. PARIS….
In traveling, for work, back and forth to Paris over the course of 2 years, I spent a bit of time away from my family. While there was always the tugging at my heart strings every time I left home, something else was happening, the sense of excitement I would feel each time I would set foot on that airplane. I was going to sleep in NY, and I was going to wake up in Paris.
To be in Paris is to fall in love. There is nothing more romantic than walking through the streets or driving over a bridge with a Moon in the dark sky against the backdrop of the city. At times, being in Paris almost did not feel real. It was too perfect. The sound of the language, the history in the streets and cafes, the beauty of the people and their always, effortless sense of style inspired and awed me. Each time I would leave this incredible city, I would try to take a piece of it with me. That piece was, often, in the form of some candy I would bring to my two children after visiting some of the most delicious and charming candy shops in the city. It became a ritual. My daughter’s fascination with Paris grew as well. All she wanted to do was to hide in my suitcase and join me to taste the cheese and the croissants, to see the Tower Eiffel lit up at night, to learn to speak French, and to take part in my crazy candy shop escapades.
The candy shops were the essence of my inspiration. There was something so sweet, yet always so sophisticated about these shops. It was as if time had stopped, creating the perfect place for an adult and a child to forget their ages and get lost together in the world of confections. The boxes, the wrapping, the colors, the dispensers, the floors, the walls, it became endless. The notion that candy was what was inside the wrapper could be interchangeable. What if it weren’t candy inside, but a precious and “sweet” piece of Jewelry?