Danish Maria Black founded her own jewelry brand, Maria Black Jewelry when she was at the age of 32. By origin she is half Irish and half Danish. She worked in the jewelry industry several years before starting her own brand. Now, the Danish jewelry designer claims she is driven by the impossible.
Maria Black pushes the boundaries of jewelry design with her modern earrings, ear cuffs and statement earrings to mix and match to your heart’s content. Not compromising is one of Maria Black’s characteristics, and it shows in her collections.
Multitasker Maria Black
Multitasking is the name of the game for Maria Black. She has a flagship store in Copenhagen, and is one of two Danish jewelry brands available in London’s prestigious retailers Colette, Browns, Opening ceremony, Net a Porter, Luisa via Roma, Boutique 1, Barney’s, and Liberty’s. She is always designing new collections and is making pop-up events all over the world.
Interested in jewelry all her life
It all started with earrings, when she had her ears pierced at 10 years old. Maria built a huge collection of earrings and wore different ones every day. She just loved the way they framed her face, and the bigger the better.
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She started working in a jewelry shop in Ibiza in her early 20’s, caught the fever and ended up training as a goldsmith 2 years later. After finishing her degree there was such interest in her designs that she, almost by accident, started her brand and then things just took off. Initially nobody was doing fashion forward designs in silver with the kind of edge she’s become known for, so Maria had the whole playing field to herself.
Danish jewelry designer driven by the impossible
Maria Black does not play by the rules, but follows her gut feeling, and is driven by the impossible. Striving to make intelligent jewelry that make people think, Maria Black has moved from being a silver apparel brand, into the exclusive and elusive world with fine jewelry – today her brand is sold all over the world in high-end stores.
Her collection STELLAR was inspired by the Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Dr Woo’s distinctive circle motifs. Maria broke them up into fragments and created a half-finished asymmetric look around it. The end result had a bit of a Seventies vibe, but that was definitely not the starting point. Her idea came from the connection between tattoos and jewelry.
Super childish Maria Black
Continuously innovating the perception of body adornment with effortlessly chic androgynous forms and expressions Maria Black is infused with a philosophy of making jewelry playful and customizable, encouraged to be mixed and matched.
Everything inspires Maria, visuals more than words; the gentle curve of fabric falling or the geometric pattern in Arabic art. She sees potential designs translating from the strangest of objects. She says she is super childish, but she can’t help it.
“My designs are recognized by pushing boundaries. I test and develop new techniques, and try to push boundaries of what jewelry can. The more impossible it seems, the more interest I have. First of all, it has to be relevant, and my jewelry philosophy is to keep evolving, not stagnate,” states Maria Black on her website.
Danish Jewelry Designer Driven by the Impossible, written by Tor Kjolberg