Posted on November 10 2017
Former Tiffany & Co. Designer Offers Tips for Building a Contemporary Jewelry Wardrobe
Robb Report recently sat down with Maria to uncover her prize-winning jewelry experience to creating her first eponymous collection.
Some projects are a lifetime in the making, and Maria Canale’s debut eponymous collection is just that. The New York City–based designer has been creating jewelry since the tender age of 13, when she first sat at a jeweler’s bench at an after-school goldsmith apprenticeship.
Canale went on to work for the likes of Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, and Mikimoto and has won more than 30 international jewelry awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Diamonds International Award. Maria has now stepped out on her own with a collection of diamond jewels that she’s road tested herself to ensure they become part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe.
She took time away from her studio to answer a few questions about her creations and what she believes are a woman’s jewelry essentials.
With so much experience working for so many legendary houses, what did you want to achieve with your own namesake collection?
After years of designing “behind the scenes,” I wanted to create a line of jewelry that a woman can wear easily and comfortably—no matter what the price—and not keep in a vault. A woman can find pieces in my collection that will become a part of her everyday wardrobe—her signature, so to speak.
Your Deco collection is a modern classic. What inspired it?
The Deco Collection is an homage to the incredible style and craftsmanship of the past. I love the clean lines and timeless elegances of the ’20s aesthetic and wanted to translate it into contemporary pieces suited to a woman’s lifestyle today. The Deco Cuff, which was made here by hand in N.Y.C., is covered in diamonds but is light and easy enough to wear all the time.
What essentials should every woman have in her jewelry box?
A great pair of earrings. No matter what you’re wearing, when you put them on, they light up your face and make you glow. I love to wear my snowflake earrings every day, whether I’m going to the office or relaxing at the weekend.
How does your collection suit the way women wear jewelry today?
A woman needs jewelry that “moves” with her—versatile pieces that can travel and be worn a multitude of ways so that they adapt to the way she feels and what she is wearing. The Flapper adjustable necklace is the perfect example of a piece that can be worn with any neckline—long, short, tassels cascading down the back or over the shoulder. I’ve even worn it as a belt.
Originally posted on Robb Report. Featured jewelry:
Aster Double Bloom Collar
Sleek and streamlined, hinged wire necklace with round and rose cut diamonds. Shop Maria Canale store Aster Double Bloom Collar.
Deco Diamond Mosaic Cuff
This Deco cuff has an intricate pattern of baguette and round diamonds in a sparkling mosaic that highlights the geometry of facets. Shop Maria Canale store Deco Diamond Mosaic Cuff.
Snowflake Diamond Earrings
Snowflake Earrings with baguette diamonds encircling two round diamonds, add old fashion glamour to everyday wear that is ready to sparkle your evenings as well. Shop Maria Canale store Snowflake Diamond Earrings.
Starburst Graduated Drop Earrings
Graduated long drop earrings just keep getting brighter as they drop almost to your shoulders. Each pave medallion has a princess-cut diamond suspended in Maria’s signature starburst setting. Shop Maria Canale store Starburst Graduated Drop Earrings.
Flapper Adjustable Necklace
Two pave diamond elements secure chains of 18K gold balls in a brilliant rhythm, while a long tassel dangles down your back. Shop Maria Canale store Flapper Adjustable Necklace.