Danish-Irish designer Maria Black launched her first collection MBJ in 2010 built on ambition and passion for precious metals with a fashion-forward approach to conceptual jewellery design. Maria was born in Copenhagen with a life-defining curiosity of world cultures that led her to travels from across Europe to Brazil and India. Her desire to create was sparked from the inspiration and beauty she found, leading her to discover and pursue her natural talent for jewellery design. 4 years of apprenticeship in London and Copenhagen culminated in a Goldsmith degree; in 2009 Maria graduated with highest honours. As a crowning moment of her academic studies, Maria won a design grant and received personal recognition from HRH Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. From her London studio Maria created the MBJ eponymous collection letting her Nordic roots translate into classic, understated, sleek lines combined with edgy, sexy and dramatic shapes and elements perceived on her travels where she had studied the cultural elements of body adornment.