Former psychologist now wields a jeweler's torch: about Marja Germans Gard.
I'm Marja (MAR-ya), the designer and maker behind MGG Studio. Once upon a time I was convinced I was going to become an academic, but the siren song of the jewelry studio was just too strong. After dabbling in jewelry (and just about every other medium) when I was younger, I picked it back up while I was pursuing my Ph.D. as a way of avoiding working on my dissertation. Once I got my hands on a torch the rest was history: after I finished my degree I found I couldn't stay away, and now I spend my hours in the jewelry studio rather than the lab.
As a metalsmith, it's important to me to pair bold, geometric designs with everyday ease, so I design each of my modern, minimal pieces to feel as good as it looks. All of my jewelry is crafted by me and my assistants in my small studio. I'm proud to support other American small businesses and craftspeople by working in partnership with independent casting houses and my local stonesetters. I also believe that good design should go hand in hand with sustainability, so I use recycled and fair-mined metals well as ethically-sourced diamonds in my handmade jewelry.
When I'm not wielding a torch or knee deep in carving wax, you'll find me hiking with my family, accumulating even more houseplants, and dancing at my local hip hop studio.
If you'd like to see more of my work, you can click here to shop all of my latest designs, or sign up for the mailing list to be the first to hear about new collections, events, and special sales. You can also follow along on Instagram to see behind the scenes in the jewelry studio or check out Pinterest to see some of my inspiration for coming collections. I love seeing you in your MGG Studio jewelry, so please tag me in your Instagram photos ( @mggstudio ) or just email a snapshot- I can't wait to see what you've chosen!
Curious what it's like behind the scenes in my studio? Take a peek at the slideshow below (all slideshow photos by the talented Nicole Cross.)