Mary MacGill, founder and creator of Mary MacGill Jewelry, has created an inspired line made from 14k-gold-filled wire and semiprecious stones and pearls. MacGill’s ties to nature, specifically her coastal New England roots, are reflected in the colors (soft blues, greens, and grays), lines, and textures (hand-hammered metal and highly polished stones) of her extraordinary pieces.
In order to get the unique texture, MacGill hammers all her wire by hand, using a metal block for support.
MacGill on her inspirations: “I was first introduced to jewelry-making through a dear family friend, the late Kazuko Oshima, a jeweler who sold her work at Barney’s. Kazuko really took me under her wing when I was very young (14!) and opened the world of gems to me. Like so many, I am in awe of nature and find so much of my work and tendencies are informed by it. I grew up on Block Island in the summers, and the ocean, grasses, and open sky are very important to me (I gravitate toward oceanic color palettes nine times out of ten). I also find so much inspiration in fine art—growing up the daughter of an art dealer and a photographer, I have been surrounded by artwork my entire life and always refer back to my roots for inspiration. Some of my favorites include Matisse (especially for his line quality), Irving Penn’s still-lifes, and Calder’s jewelry.”
You can see more of Mary’s earrings in the “American Gems” story in the March issue of Martha Stewart Living.
MacGill exhibits online and at trunk shows. Click here to learn more about MacGill and to see more of her stunning work.
All Photos © Mary MacGill.