Birmingham native, Mark Edge is celebrating 30+ years of designing handmade jewelry. RECLAIMED. RECYCLED. REINVENTED. Mark currently resides in Atlanta~
Growing up, Mark’s Dad often purchased turquoise for his Mom. Mark was intrigued by and liked the stone. When Mark was in 8th grade, his Dad found someone who was teaching summer classes on jewelry making. Mark’s sister wanted to take the classes. And Mark’s father offered Mark and his brother two options, “either take the jewelry making course, or work with him in the sawmill (a family business)”. Mark opted to take the class. He found that he had a knack for making the best jewelry. He started selling his pieces to boutiques when he was 14 years old, with his Mom driving him around to make the sale. From then on, he decided to pursue a degree in marketing and then continued to follow his dream to design and sell his jewelry.
Mark Edge jewelry is timeless, yet distinctive. It is defined by his mastery and passion for his craft. It is all handcrafted with a bevy of materials that are deftly transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces. Always conversation pieces, Mark Edge jewelry is work elegantly and widely discussed by a very diverse group including several celebrities. Mark Edge jewelry is timeless, yet distinctive. It is defined by his mastery and passion for his craft. It is all handcrafted with a bevy of materials that are deftly transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces. Always conversation pieces, Mark Edge jewelry is work elegantly and widely discussed by a very diverse group including several celebrities.
In 1994, Mark’s hand-made jewelry was available exclusively at retailers in the South and in better boutiques nationwide. Today, women in Japan and New York are just as likely as those in Atlanta to choose Mark Edge jewelry as their accessory of choice. The artist has gained a prestigious retail following anchored by top department stores and select retailers nationally. In 1998 he was named guest designer by AmericasMart in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mark’s one-of-a-kind creations--semi-precious beads, Austrian crystals, encased in wire or divided by tiny hand-crafted silver squares--owe their success to their deceptive simplicity. “My work stems from natural elements and organic lines,” Edge explains. “The feeling is restrained, yet interesting enough to complement a range of moods and personalities. It is beautiful, classical jewelry that accents the individuality of the women who wears it.”
Although Mark’s touch is contemporary, his work is a blend of modern styles, combined with an eye on fashion that defines the women today. The result is jewelry with timeless feeling.
Mark’s designs are enjoyed by celebrities like Courtney Cox Arquette, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Williams, Martina McBride, Drew Barrymore and loyal wearer Sophia Choi of CNN Headline News. And they quickly become wardrobe mainstays of “real” women who need versatile, wearable accessories. “Mark’s jewelry has an amazing range,” one loyal wearer attests. “Somehow, it works with suit, with jeans, or with my slinkiest dress. It compliments what I wear, but never overpowers.”