Mark successfully emerges in Tucson as first fine jeweler to backlight stones with LED’s
Mark successfully emerged this year in Tucson as the first fine jeweler to backlight stones with LED technology. The Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show at the Riverpark Inn is the perfect fit for Mark’s jewelry. It is full of exceptional designers like Stephen Ruse, Lou Guerin, and many more. Near his start in 2007, he showed up in Tucson with one small case of his first pendants. Based on the expert advice of a fellow jeweler, who noted how unique and special Mark’s creations are, he put the collection away and stopped showing people that year.
Using a grassroots strategy established in Northern California and now traveling nationwide he continues to build his company. Mark spent the last five years in his studio developing a full array of designs ranging from his original illuminated pendants to illuminated lockets, poison rings, hat pins, hair combs, and bracelet cuffs. He also makes stunning earrings, rings, triple rings, belt buckles, hair chopsticks and more. His clean, bold designs flaunt the stones he handpicks throughout the world.
Mark is always creating new designs and is stocked with stetch books full of ideas.and His unique style is becoming increasingly well received. Person after person at the booth had never seen anything like his work and expressed how refreshing it is to see something new, something different.
Mark went to The Revere School of Jewelry in San Francisco and is a classically trained goldsmith and diamond setter. He made himself the first light up piece in 2005 for Burning Man and received so much positive attention, he went on starting in 2007 to develop his whole Illuminated Jewelry Collection. Now creating waves through the jewelry and festival communities with his avant garde, one of a kind designs, he travels the country vending and promoting his jewelry at all sorts of art shows and festivals. Mark is based with his beautiful wife Chelsea Garbarini in South Lake Tahoe, California. Mark looks forward to returning to Tucson for many years to come each February.