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Maddalena Bearzi Jewelry
Maddalena Bearzi is an Italian jewelry artist, marine biologist, writer and President of the non-profit organization Ocean Conservation Society. 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.
Maddalena Bearzi organic 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 Bearzi pieces exemplify that style and sustainability go hand in hand.
Maddalena Bearzi began making 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.
ONDA (wave in English) has been created to celebrate the beauty of the sea. BA-LENA is a unique handmade necklace that makes a statement for the protection of whales and dolphins in the wild. Every Maddalena Bearzi jewelry piece tells its own unique, nature-inspired story, providing a lifetime of wearable enjoyment.
“A deep respect for nature has been an inspiration for my life’s work as a biologist and writer. My passion for the natural world is now also being channeled into new forms of self-expression via jewelry making” Maddalena.