Palm Beach Rising: Allegra Fanjul

Allegra Fanjul

Jewelry Designer and Blogger, VeryAllegra

Current home: Palm Beach | Hometown: Palm Beach

Talented and sweet—which isn’t a surprise, considering she’s the daughter of a sugar tycoon—Allegra Fanjul, 23, fashioned her first bracelet in the sixth grade. With a natural gift for gemology, Fanjul would recreate the one-of-a-kind pieces she’d see in magazines and high-end department stores. Today, she designs an eponymous line of baubles, looking everywhere—even her grandmother’s vintage collection—for inspiration. She recently launched VeryAllegra, a lifestyle blog that helps clients solve common fashion conundrums and features visual how-tos for wearing her nonpareil designs. Fanjul plans to continue growing her 300-piece collection and hopes to achieve another design dream: creating a line of handbags.

Allegra Fanjul - jewelry designer - blogger - VeryAllegra

  • Design philosophy: Creating big, bold pieces and fashioning my clients’ jewelry into something new and unexpected.
  • Bauble-buying tip: Splurge on quality. You ultimately get what you pay for.
  • Favorite necklace from her current collection: A delicate pearl necklace with a crystal pendant. I wore it backward to Paradise Casino, and it was a hit.
  • Most cherished possession: My paternal grandmother’s heart-shaped pendant with a key attached. My grandfather had it engraved, “Nine of your birthdays together and you still have the key to my heart.” He was a romantic, to say the least.
  • Favorite Palm Beach store: Rapunzel’s Closet and the Celine section at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • Most overused word or phrase: Very Allegra.
  • Greatest achievement: Completing my first jewelry class last fall. I made an amazing pinky ring from sheets of metal and wire with a Labradorite stone.
  • Advice for budding designers: Follow your dreams.

Photography by Michael Price | Clothing: Rapunzel’s Closet

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