The Artist- Mary DeMarco
Jewelry has an allurement that has fascinated jewelry
artisans and wearers for centuries. There's something
bewitching about it that brings more than a sparkle to the
eye. The creations of Artist Mary DeMarco
epitomize the artistry of elegant jewelry making and now the
creation of giftware for the home. For almost 20 years, Mary,
inspired after her fine art studies at Towson State University;
Maryland Institute of Art; and Florence, Italy, has been designing
jewelry and gifts that are handmade in her studio in Baltimore.
"Whether painting a picture or designing a
necklace, the principle is the same," explains Mary. "You are
creating from a specific stimulation. And with jewelry it has to be
something special and exciting; my inspiration is nature: animals,leaves,
shapes and colors."
With her Italian heritage and having spent time traveling
and studying in Italy, Mary decided to trade under the name
"La Contessa," which means "the countess"
in English. She formed her studio, DeMarco-Wolfe Limited, in
1986 with her husband, William Wolfe, in Baltimore,
Maryland. The studio is located less than one mile from the
Maryland Institute of Art jewelry classrooms, where Mary
continues to study. The studio specializes in jewelry,
though Mary, always adventurous in new designs,also creates
stunningly beautiful tableware, watches, pens, judaica, and
many other gifts items. She uses a variety of semiprecious
stones and combinations of metals in her designs. Each
handcrafted piece reflects the shapes and rich colors of
nature. "At La Contessa, we believe our
creations should be timeless, fun originals," Mary says.
These creations are considered collectibles by many
customers, a testament that Mary DeMarco
presents a wide selection of jewelry and gifts that dazzle
with charm and distinction.