Born in Paphos, Cyprus into an artistic family, Maria’s restless, intuitive spirit led her to Central Saint Martins College of Art -Design, London, where she graduated in 1991 with a B.A. Honours Degree in 3-D Design( Jewellery). Nature, philosophy, the universal language of symbols, the historic past and present, are important stimuli for Maria’s inventive drive. Through her jewellery, Maria seeks to establish a healthy communication between humans, based on mutual respect, self awareness as well as respect towards nature which she considers essential: “so that balance can be maintained in the modern world for the sake of a fruitful present and hopeful future.” After having been distinguished and awarded for her designs: British Platinum Award finalist 1991, Central Bank of Cyprus Silver coin competition for F.A.O. 50th anniversary 1994, Maria moved to Athens, Greece where she lived and worked, 1995-2002. Her work was presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Europe and New York. Today, Maria is based in her own workshop|showroom in Nicosia, where she creates jewellery of impeccable craftsmanship, original design and classical aesthetic, appreciated by wearers worldwide.
What defines your style?
Volume, visual impact, pristine shapes and a sculptural approach to jewellery that I envision as wearable art. Inspiration by the great civilizations that left their mark on my island’s rich natural heritage and an attempt to evoke the connection between past and present in a way that transcends cultures.
What are your most commonly used materials?
My favourite metal is yellow gold because of its unique colour and attributes that reflect the life generating properties of the sun. I pay a lot of attention to detail, often enhancing surfaces with diamonds or coloured gemstones.