As a child I lived in North Africa, and traveled with my family into the Sahara and to the ruins of ancient Roman cities.
The raw beauty and simplicity of the desert landscape, the ruins and ancient artifacts we found, worn by the passage of time, shaped my love of simple lines and form that I now translate into my designs.
Like the softened remnant pieces of ancient civilizations, I believe that it is the simple things of life that are the most enduring.
I use modern and ancient metalworking techniques to create my jewelry, and each design may go through many iterations before it has the right balance, feel and expression.
Each piece of my jewelry is created by hand, with integrity.
My background as an environmental marine biologist informs my commitment to doing my part to preserve and protect our environment. I am passionate about maintaining a socially and ecologically sound business and cast my designs in 100% recycled metals and only source materials from socially responsible partners.
From our packaging to our jewelry, we keep it close to home: Kristen Mara designs are 100% made with love in the USA