Artisan Crafted Jewelry
MariRu Design Studio's goal is to provide customers with little pieces of art that bring a smile to their faces. The pieces are hand made utilizing silversmith techniques and tools which allow to infuse each piece with individuality.
About MariRu Design Studio
History and Philosophy
I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop.
My name is Maribel, Mari for short, and I am the creative source behind MariRu Design Studio. I have been creating jewelry since forever and it wasn't until recently that I decided to make it an important part of my daily life. While I have a BA in Chemistry and Spanish, I have always had a passion for creating things and let's face it, my little stint as a classical guitar player was not enough to fulfill that creative side, so I decided to pursue my jewelry making activities instead.
My favorite job ever was at a specialty bead store in Washington, DC which inspired and motivated me to continue my education in jewelry making and challenged me to complete a couple of introductory silversmith courses in addition to the classes I've already completed in basic beading, wire wrapping and advanced wire wrapping techniques.
I currently have my studio in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico and continue to be the designer, marketing specialist, administrator, shipper, customer service rep, and photographer of MariRu Design Studio.
My goal is to provide my customers with beautiful hand crafted jewelry pieces that bring a smile to their faces. I look forward to provide you all with little pieces of art that reflect your style and personality.
Our Commitment to Quality
Materials Used in the Studio
MariRu Design Studio works with fine metals, brass, copper, German silver, leather, pure silver, sterling silver, recycled sterling silver, recycled copper, aluminum, gemstones, and found objects. Our metal pieces are pure and raw, they are not plated. Copper and brass tend to oxidize over time, which provides a weathered look to the piece and metals such as copper, German silver and brass can discolor the skin temporarily. I coat the copper and brass pieces with and eco-friendly sealant, but the sealant wears over time.
The composition of our metals:
Pure Silver: .999 silver
Sterling silver: 92.5 silver and 7.5 copper
Red Brass or Nu Gold is 85% copper and 15% zinc
German silver: 65% copper, 18% nickel, and 17% zinc
Copper: 100% copper
Recycled sterling silver: 100% recycled sterling silver
Recycled copper: 100% recycled copper