Maria Frantzi has been passionate about jewellery since she was a child. Her parents ran jewellery shops and she grew up playing with precious stones the way other children play with toys. She studied Mokume Art College in Thessaloniki, Greece and opened her first workshop in 1987. She moved to London in 1999. Maria’ s work reflects her passions: from paintings to architecture to the natural world. She uses various traditional techniques such as granulation, mokume gane, micro-pave setting, combining 750 green gold with pure and sterling sliver. Colour and texture are at the heart of her creations, and this is the reason she uses a huge variety of natural stones in unusual combinations. The latest techniques enable her to combine different stones into seamless doublets and triplets, creating the most dramatic effects.
She wants her jewellery, though playful, to stand the test of time and be passed on through the generations, carrying the memories and feelings of the people wearing them. Though she enjoys creating her own highly distinctive lines of jewellery, which evolve year-by-year, Maria also likes the challenge of giving new life to older pieces brought to her by clients. Taking apart old jewellery and creating new designs around the old stones combines both continuity and creativity.