My love affair with jewellery began when I was a small child. At the age of six I would beg my mother to let me wear her big clip on hoops and parade around the room.
For me, jewellery marks important milestones in life; celebrating with family, getting together with friends, and special, personal moments. It not only re-connects me with my memories, but also allows me to express the influences of amazing women who have inspired me throughout my life.
After exploring different design areas in fashion and swimwear earlier on in my career, I became fascinated with geometry and patterns. Jewellery designing was a natural evolution. It began with the simple and minimal evil eye bangle that was hand-crafted from the finest material - I made this piece to express my philosophy of life at the time; be authentic, be yourself, and be extraordinary.
In 2015 I set up Marianna Goulandris with the aim of designing jewellery to be an extension of the wearer, as a representation of luck, protection, strength, and love. I strive to create unique, timeless pieces for the sophisticated woman who loves jewellery as a form of self-expression. It’s all about independence, individuality – and spirit.
As a child raised in London by Greek parents and a mother with a distinctly rock’n’roll edge, my personal style developed from eclectic influences – Middle Eastern, gold and goddess imagery – with more than a little hint of rebel. My roots are a big influence on my designs and I see my jewellery as a visual expression of ancient mythologies. My extensive travels around the world have further expanded the influences in my designs. I am inspired by the cultures, societies, landscapes and myths of other countries, and try to translate these stories into pieces of wearable art. For me, jewellery has beauty, but more importantly, has meaning. I hope that you will agree.
Elpida Youth Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, enhancing and changing the lives of sick children and their families and bringing hope for the future. Marianna proudly supports the charity.