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It's not every day that I get invited to a high jewellery event, let alone a private one.  So, when I received an invitation to view Van Cleef & Arpels' Time, Nature, Love exhibition at the Palazzo Real in Milan, I was on the next plane. The last time I was in Milan, I was a curious 20-year-old art history student. My sole mission back then was to see Leonardo's Last Supper in Santa Maria delle Grazie. I will never forget standing in front of the fresco in complete awe, gazing at Jesus and His Disciples at His final meal. The mural had faded quite a bit, but I was spellbound. The painting was on my list of places to revisit, and I was excited to see what it looked like after its 20-year restoration. However, little did I know that you have to pre-book tickets in advance and the next...

Jewellery is very personal and speaks to people differently. I enjoy communicating through my creations, as each piece has a story and my hope is that my designs speak to you. To that end I am thrilled to share with you my brand new website. The website now displays the “Fine Jewellery Collection” as well as the more affordable line “Mara by Mara”. The new website also features a brand new and exciting Homeware/Lifestyle section, and last, but not least, my regular blogs. Many of my design inspirations come from nature or from architectural elements. Dazzling colourful gems - pink sapphires, olive green peridot, purple amethysts and silvery moonstones play an important role in my work, and I allow the stones to speak for themselves. The colourful cabochons set in the Aqua Ring or the whimsical opal broaches are examples of what I mean. But I also place a high priority on functionality...