Meet the Maker: Maddalena Bearzi Handmade Jewelry
Maddalena Bearzi creates the kind of handmade jewelry that blends organic forms and an in-depth understanding of modern design. To me, her collection almost appears as if each piece was pulled from the earth, whole and intact. In fact, they’re meticulously made by hand and represent hours of imaginative design and production. Here are a few pieces that are must-sees from her current collection.
Maddalena’s organic handmade jewelry is inspired by the magnificent natural world around us, a world to not only appreciate but also protect. A deep respect of nature, a passion for the discovery of different cultures, textures and materials, and a commitment to ethical and environmentally-friendly practices are at the heart of this handmade, one of a kind jewelry line. Using methods and materials that avoid depleting or destroying the Earth’s resources, Maddalena’s pieces exemplify that style and sustainability go hand in hand.
Maddalena Bearzi began making handmade jewelry by joining sustainable textiles with distinctive solid elements such as repurposed metals, upcycled vintage charms and natural stones, to reveal unique and texturized pieces. Textile-based creations have expanded to a focus on one of a kind, organic metal jewelry. Each piece is individually handcrafted, mostly of fine & reclaimed silver and gold, with precious and semi-precious stones. Maddalena Bearzi also incorporates bronze, brass and copper by using innovative metalsmithing techniques to create original shapes, textures and subtle color tones. Handmade limited editions, such as the acqua, aria, pianeta and terra collections further the exploration of natural themes translated into striking, coordinated pieces.
Every Maddalena Bearzi handmade jewelry piece tells its own unique, nature-inspired story, providing a lifetime of wearable enjoyment.
About the Maker:
Maddalena Bearzi is an Italian handmade jewelry artist, marine biologist and writer. Born in Verona, Italy into an artistic family, she has traveled extensively studying wild animals and learning new ways to express herself. She began to pursue her passion for jewelry craftsmanship on her own, and later studied metalsmithing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Maddalena has learned techniques from master silversmith and jeweler Gordon Wainwright and from world-recognized jewelry artist Harold O’Connor. Her jewelry draws from her experiences in other artistic media such as paint and textiles. Maddalena’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows.
As a scientist, Maddalena holds a Ph.D. in Biology and works as President of the research and environmental non-profit Ocean Conservation Society. She has studied whales, dolphins and other marine mammals in the field for over 25 years and has published two books: Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins (Harvard University Press, 2008, coauthored with C. Stanford), and Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist(Chicago University Press, 2012; with sketches by the author). She also works as photojournalist and blogger for several publications, including the National Geographic – Voices: Ideas and Insights from Explorers.
The Maddalena Bearzi jewelry studio is based in Los Angeles, California, where Maddalena lives with her husband and dog.