About the artist: Maria Stashak has been creating reproduction Edwardian and Victorian Austrian crystal jewelry since 1987. Her journey began at the age of 10 when she discovered a strand of vintage Swarovski® beads rescued from her father’s fishing tackle box that mesmerized her. From that day forward, she collected every shiny bead she could get her hands on.
Maria is the first original, copy-written jewelry designer to use vintage uncirculated Swarovski® crystal in combination with gold, copper, and rhodium metal findings. Occasionally, she will incorporate antique Czechoslovakian crystal. Her jewelry line became more extensive and sought after when she discovered several coveted, hidden Austrian crystal caches scattered throughout the United States and Europe. Despite her success, Maria still handmakes all of her pieces, making many of them one-of-a-kind.