Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
We are two childhood friends that met in
Originally, Ilado was the name of an African peninsula where our friendship began when we were 10. At that time it was synonymous for freedom, adventure and joy, the same feelings that we experienced when we decided to create our own brand.
How would you describe your brand?
ILADO Paris offers jewelry with soul, inspired by the magic of ancestral jewelry celebrated for thousands of years around the world. We create jewelry that you wear for yourself, to feel good, to express who you are, to inspire you every day. We commit to perpetuate the beauty of traditional know-how at the heart of contemporary creations. We look for the best artisans from around the world. Pearls, natural stones, silk, resin, gold or silver are carefully selected and assembly to create unique pieces with perfect harmony and impeccable quality.
What influences your work?
We are mostly influenced by our our travels around the globe, our curious nature and our love for contemporary products that tell beautiful stories.
Where does your inspiration come from?
We are fascinated by the beauty and the magic of ancestral jewelry. We want to capture jewelry, beyond its beauty, to its deeper meaning.
Our favourite pieces are our
In Mayan culture, it was worn during pregnancy, to protect expectant mothers and their babies. After birth, it could be kept by the mother, or be given to the newborn to protect it in its sleep, soothe it with the reassuring and familiar gentle chime, and protect it by calling the invisible presence of its Guardian Angel.
This meaningful jewelry piece can be offered as a protective amulet. Its harmonious soft chime is also a reminder to live in the present moment, an invitation to calm the pace in this hectic modern world and to refocus on what is essential.
What would you say is your proudest achievement so far?
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