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World of Wonder: Margot McKinney

With a lifetime dedicated to luxury, Australian jewellery designer Margot McKinney is one of the world’s boldest talents. The very definition of timeless elegance and bespoke excellence, Margot’s extraordinary pieces are a celebration of the world’s rarest gems.

For four generations, the McKinney family name has been synonymous with luxury jewels. However, it is Margot herself who has elevated that name to soaring new heights through her own jewellery brand, and flagship store in Brisbane. With a practice that is rooted deeply in nurturing long-term relationships with suppliers, Margot has worked with leading pearl farmers, opal experts, and gem-cutters across the globe to secure the rare and precious materials that have been the centrepiece of her designs. The one-of-a-kind pieces are coveted by an international clientele and stocked by the prestigious Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores in the USA. The exhibition unearths the stories behind the brand, and the miracles of nature that make up Margot’s designs.

From the coral reef in our own backyard to the rich palette of colours found on safari in Tanzania, this exhibition will be a mesmerising celebration of the complex and profoundly beautiful environments and materials that have inspired her designs. Here you’ll find opulent opals, lustrous pearls and rare, exotic gems like the intensely blue tanzanite, lilac amethyst and pink tourmalines. Journey to a treasure trove of memories and mastery and let Margot’s designs and inspiration transport you to a world of wonder.

  • Date & Time
    Coming June 2022
  • Tickets
    Single Visit
    MoB Member first visit free
    $15 Adult
    $12 Concession
    $40 Family (2 adults, 3 kids)
    Children under 5 free

    Season Pass
    $40 MoB Member
    $45 Adult
    $35 Concession

    10% off early bird ticket offer - valid until Sun 15 May
  • Location
    Level 3, City Hall

    MoB Social Story

  • Ages
    All ages

Exhibition Partner

About Margot McKinney

Internationally successful jeweller Margot McKinney travels to the corners of the globe to source the perfect gems for her elaborate designs, but she always returns to her base, Brisbane.

A fourth generation jeweller, Margot is one of Brisbane’s brightest lights in design, creating timeless pieces large and small for style icons around the world. Her practice centres on patience, process and detail.

It’s not unusual for Margot to wait 10 years to complete the perfect collection of jewels to incorporate into one bespoke piece. She has a hands-on role in selecting the gems, working directly with world-leading pearl farmers, miners and cutters, ensuring quality and sustainability.

MoB Members

MoB Members will be treated to a preview for World of Wonder: Margot McKinney on Friday 3 June 2022. This is an exclusive opportunity for MoB Members to access the exhibition before it opens to the general public, book a curator tour and enjoy light refreshments in the Dome Gallery. This information will be accessible through our MoB Members Mail.

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