At Favery, we’re always on the lookout for jewelry that perfectly matches our design aesthetic of classic with a hint of modernity. So, imagine our giddiness when we were introduced to designer Mary Ray of Austin, Texas.
Mary Ray’s fine jewelry collection is classically beautiful and, at first glance traditional, but each piece has been reinterpreted ever so slightly to lend a more contemporary look and feel.
We love that Mary uses fine quality and sustainable materials like recycled 14k or 18k gold, white gold, and pure sterling silver as well as conflict-free diamonds and semi-precious stones. Mary’s pieces are all hand-forged by metalsmiths exclusively in California or Texas, keeping inline with our core value of Made in America.
Mary first fell in love with design through interiors and earned a degree in interior design from FIDM in Los Angeles. She began her career in set dressing and store management, and even hosted HGTV’s show, Find Your Style. During this time, Mary began to explore jewelry making. She always had a love of adornment and especially coveted the fine, vintage, and costume jewelry in her grandmother’s collection. Through a few weekend fabrication classes, Mary realized how much she loved working with her hands and forging metals. Shortly after, she enrolled in a full time metal arts program in San Francisco at The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.
Mary’s design inspirations are endless. She enthusiastically exclaims, “Inspiration is everywhere I look!”. She’s inspired by the soft and irregular shapes in nature, invigorated by travel, and influenced by textiles, lighting designs, interiors, and fashion. Even her own clothing can supply a direction for the shape of a piece.
Mary’s design process is organic. She often starts with a sketch while at other times her inspiration can be a happy accident while playing with metals at her workbench. Mary Ray Fine Jewelry is coveted by jewelry enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Actress Sandra Bullock is such a fan that she recently commissioned Mary to create a custom pair of earrings for her and her girlfriends.
We hope you love Mary Ray Fine Jewelry as much as we do.
As always, Shine Bright!