Danish-Irish designer Maria Black launched her first collection “MBJ” in 2010 built on ambition and passion for precious metals and a fashion-forward approach to conceptual jewellery design. Maria was born in Copenhagen with a life-defining curiosity of world cultures that led her to travels from across Europe to Brazil and India. Her desire to create was sparked from the inspiration and beauty she found on her paths. Finally, leading her to discover and pursue her talent for jewellery design.
4 years of apprenticeship in London and Copenhagen culminated in a Goldsmith degree when Maria graduated with highest honours in 2009. As a crowning moment of her academic studies, Maria won a design grant and received personal royal recognition from HRH Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. From her London studio Maria created the MBJ eponymous collection letting her Nordic roots translate into classic, understated, sleek lines combined with edgy, sexy and dramatic shapes perceived on her travels where she had studied the cultural elements of body adornment.
MARIA BLACK JEWELLERY is founded on the pure idea of combining aesthetics and artistry. Allowing contemporary fashion jewellery to emphasize the everyday look of modern women, and to challenge the common perception of body adornment. Patterns and shapes sculpted of precious metals define each collection. Maria Black creates each collection with an underlying expression of her passions and experiences, so every collection owns a feeling or personality and becomes a complete story. Two halves becomes one unit, triangles appear in triplicate, skinny rings and stacking makes delicate fragments, strong statements and earrings requiring only one piercing create the unexpected illusion of multiple piercings. Maria’s designs are intended to encourage individual creative freedom.
By continuously innovating the perception of body adornment in a contemporary prêt-a-porter approach to jewellery design, MARIA BLACK JEWELLERY strives to consistently challenge and revolutionize the significance of jewellery in the everyday look.
MARIA BLACK JEWELLERY is represented in more than 35 countries within Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, Canada, USA, The Middle East and Australia. With current retail channels such as Net-a-porter.com, Liberty, Boutique 1, Browns, Harvey Nichols and Saks Fifth Avenue as the foundation of a perpetual selective distribution. In 2013 MARIA BLACK JEWELLERY opened the first flagship store in Copenhagen and the plan is that 3-5 flagship stores will follow in conjunction with further openings of shop-in-shops in leading department stores in selected cities.