Betony Vernon is an American-born, Paris-based jewellery designer, whose aesthetic is formed by her explorations in sex, sensuality and the erotic body realm. She studied art history and metalsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters degree in Industrial Design at Domus Academy, Milan, opening her first atelier in Florence in 1990 to create one-of-a-kind objects.
Vernon has created jewellery for a number of design houses, including Missoni, Gianfranco Ferre, Fornasetti and with shoe designer Alain Tondowski in 2001 to create the ‘Venus’ shoe concept. In the same year Vernon presented her Paradise Found I and Paradise Found II collections of fine erotic jewels and jewel tools, culminating in the Boudoir Box, a limited edition custom-made luxury travel case containing over twenty-one objects from the Paradise Found collection.
Vernon founded the Paradise Found members-only salon and showroom in Paris in October 2004, followed by its extension Eden in 2008. Vernon has conducted jewellery seminars for bodies including the European Institute of Design and the Domus Academy, Milan, and her work has been included in a number of international exhibitions. She published her first book, Paradise Found in December 2008 and in January 2013 launched The Boudoir Bible.
Vernon branched into sculpture creating two works for the KAMA: Sex & Design exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum. Other exhibitions include Sex in Design, Design in Sex at the Museum of Sex, New York (2008) and Touch Me at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2005).