Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cult-adored jewelry is fine

Remember when you felt suddenly compelled to get a handful of tiny piercings along your earlobes and cartilage a few years ago? You can thank Maria Tash for that. The jewelry designer and piercing expert has been chipping away at the grungy, unglamorous stigma of body piercing since 1993, when she opened her first shop in the East Village. By 2005, she’d become a go-to piercer and jewelry designer in New York’s fashion, art, and music circles, and upgraded to her current Noho space—but even then, she couldn’t call it a “piercing” spot. “It was a very different era,” she says. “It had to be about the jewelry, not the piercings. So it’s very exciting to now be embraced for this concept of multiple, unusual lobe piercings with really gorgeous jewelry.”
That’s a good way to sum up her business. Back in the ’90s, body piercings were “thick, industrial steel rings and barbells”—but her cult-adored jewelry is fine, super delicate, and comes in white, yellow, and rose gold studded with diamonds, opals, and other precious stones. Twenty years ago, the idea was that a thicker ring prevented infections, but when Tash realized that wasn’t the case, she started experimenting with those thinner, daintier pieces—and the industry followed. Perhaps the best mark of just how far she’s come is the fact that Liberty London—the 142-year-old department store—invited her to set up a permanent space on its ground floor which opened last August. And tonight, Tash is opening a pop-up at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship, complete with on-site piercings and a variety of ear, nose, navel, and nipple jewelry.

1 comment:

Pearl Necklace said...

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How did your interest in jeweler mastery begin?

The emergence of my book began when I did research for my doctoral dissertation. While writing this thesis, I was in search of a topic that I was curious about in the topic selection and which had never been explored before. I had the chance to meet the jewelers at places I worked in the Grand Bazaar before. I could hear the repetition of masters such as, "We can not find an apprentice, we can not compete, master-apprentice relationship ends". I wanted to investigate why this profession has been done for centuries. At the same time we were our family business and I got support from them. I saw 28 competitors in the Grand Bazaar. Some are still not doing this, some are branded. I spoke to people in different profiles. I supported both with scientific analysis and completed my dissertation and found this book writing.