Marja Germans Gard of Marja Germans Gard Studio
I started on my career in metalsmithing while pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology. To distract from the stress of dissertation analyses, I escaped to a local jewelry studio and fell in love with all manner of jewelry techniques. Once my degree was complete, I left academia behind and began to pursue metalsmithing full time (with a several year hiatus, during which my two wonderful kids arrived on the scene).
Marja Germans Gard Studio
In part influenced by the arrival of my kids, I've prioritized an environmentally conscious approach to my work. In this line as in my first jewelry line, lemonade handmade jewelry, I use recycled and fair-mined metals whenever possible and take pains to minimize the chemicals used in my studio. All Marja Germans Gard Studio jewelry is made by hand by me and my two part-time assistants in my small studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also collaborate with a local independent small business to cast some components of my pieces.
Marja Germans Gard Studio jewelry collections are notable for clean lines and striking details, mixing metals and textures to create looks that are eye-catching but still perfect for everyday wear. The streamlined silhouettes and dramatic details in the designs make for an impactful look that pairs equally well with a chic black jumpsuit or jeans and a moto jacket.