The design team of Mary Margoni and Yannis Mandilakis started working together in 1989 in Thessaloniki, Greece through a journey of living and learning as a couple. Mary, as a "Mokume" graduate of jewelry design school in Thessaloniki , followed postgraduate studies at the "Contracto Directo" Art School in Lisbon, where she further specialized in the design and fabrication of hand-crafted jewelry. Yannis, after graduating the University of Thessaloniki with major in Physics, studied in depth the craft of gem cutting and various lapidary techniques. Today, at their workshop named "Mary Margoni," the two artists are engaged in the design and creation of unique hand made jewels. Combining harmoniously gold, silver, and precious or semi-precious gemstones they end up with beautiful and innovative forms of colorful pieces. Gemstones are sometimes faceted and sometimes left in their natural rough form. The Margoni line offers a bold, colorful, and dramatic look while at the same time being very wearable.