Mallary Marks opened her studio at the tender age of twenty-four, after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, then working for several years as a goldsmith. Barney’s New York – one of the first clients to discover her work – showcases Marks as an essential element of their jewelry collections to this day, manifesting the motto: “Taste Luxery-Humor”.
Heavily influenced by her “heroes”, from Alexander Calder to Odilion Redon and Henri Matisse, Marks created every piece by hand. Each piece reflects an idea in some way; insects, photographs, art, literature. architecture and ancient and indigenous crafts are all referenced in various collections.
“Colorful, juicy, mouth-watering, playful and sensual” are some of the words women have used to describe Mallary Marks’ jewelry. While the metal-work patterns she creates are captivating in themselves, from Tibetan Lace to beaded latticework, the brilliant gemstones of the show.
Mallary has a passion for searching the world over (literally – she is a travel fanatic) for inspiration. She then uses her ability to marry precious, semiprecious, transparent and opaque gemstones into striking and unusual color compositions. Stones such as multi-colored sapphires, lapis, diamonds, chrysophrase, orange garnets, agates and emeralds(to name a few) are joined with intricate patterns of pure gold distinguishing each handmade piece with thoughtfulness and authenticity.
Trendsetters from Julia Roberts to Nicole Kidman collect her earrings and necklaces, which are continually featured in W, Vogue, In Style and other fashion tomes. Yet her pieces are timeless – very refined while highly expressive with dots of whimsy, poetry and romance. Perhaps this is why women say what they love most about Mallary Marks is that they can wear it up or down. Lipstick and heels? Excellent. Beaten-up jeans and faded tees? Of course!