“I believe styling is merely a mirror of personality. As such, each one of my jewels is one of a kind, hand-picked, crafted and curated to be what it is: not an accessory, but a daily manifestation of character, confidence, inner power. I’ve picked rare materials from the widths and dephts of the globe and tied them together to create singular pieces that do not conform to stereotypes. Men or women, special or daily moment, day or night, my jewel fits any occassion; I see it as a personality charm, that can help us stand out for what we are: rare, strong, inspired”
Katerina Marmagioli is a jewelry designer with a diverse background, an identity clearly expressed in her jewelry. Unconventional design, asymmetric forms, versatile pearl necklaces, rare material noone would think fits on a bracelet, all-gender jewelry: it’s all about expression of personality. “My jewels are not shy, they are conversation starters,” she usually says.
Katerina’s wanderlust around the world for more than 15 years opened her mind up to a diversity of culture, spiritual belief, symbolization of beauty, representation of art; from the frozen wilderness of the Russian steppe to the raw beauty of a Pacific island landscape, to the color exuberance of the Caribbean, to the spiritual silence of the Indias and the lush art of the Middle East.
This multi-faceted experience was Katerina’s inspiration: to bring out the otherwordly beauty of the unusual. Unusual materials, unique forms, tied together to create statement pieces. Inspiration may come from a tribal ritual on a Pacific island, an iconic Grace Kelly headshot, or past references of fashion. The destination though is always the same: curated jewels that serve as bold representations of personality, carrying the power to remold everything-as-usual to beauty-unusual.
Since Katerina remembers, she received a gold coin for Christmas from her grandmother- this taught her to respect precious metals, which she always uses for her pieces.
Having traveled around the world, she was educated by local artisans and global experts, to master the details and the creativity of jewelry craftsmanship.
Katerina learned Tahitian Pearl classification at the Cook Island Pearl Authority in Rarotonga, Cook Islands; right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where pearls grow in shallow, warm waters.
She studied the gemological aspects of pearls at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
She qualified as a Diamond Grader at HRD in Antwerp, Belgium,
She studied Jewelry design at Central Saint Martins in London.