Inspired by Nature, Art, Culture & Ideas

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Mary van der Aa

G.J.G., A.J.A., G.P., A.J.P. (GIA)


Mary van der Aa looks very passionately at jewelry as art. Abstract. Modern. Jewelry Art. Mary grew up in the industry, moving from Michigan to California to pursue an education with the world-famous Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Upon graduation, she was hired by GIA to work in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, assisting new program development, as well as getting to teach and work with students to help them produce and create their own jewelry pieces.

Mary is always creating something new as she explores inspirations from nature, art, culture and ideas. These days, she is fascinated by the possibilities of abstraction with an emotional impact. She likes to create structural, geometric, “out there” pieces. And she likes using unusual gems, striking colors, and interesting patterns.

Mary creates a range of work, from inexpensive fashion jewelry to pricier, one-of-a-kind sculptured pieces. Mary is intrigued by modern pearl jewelry and classic looks with an edge. She recently launched her first two designer jewelry collections, Architect and Architect Sans. Currently, she’s only up for selective commission work, but loves to discuss design ideas to help you create the perfect piece. 

"I was referred to Mary van der Aa by a friend when looking to make a diamond ring purchase. He told me how enjoyable his experience was and I was not disappointed. My jewelry knowledge is limited. Mary was incredibly helpful and made sure I was comfortable with the whole process. The customer service was outstanding and the value was second to none."

— Dan // Fargo, ND

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Spring Fling Jewelry and Accessory Gift Guide
The Jewelry Navigator will tempt you with her hand-selected treats in her exclusive “Spring Fling Gift Guide” featuring Mary van der Aa.
April 2019

Spring Fling Jewelry and Accessory Gift Guide Podcast
The Jewelry Navigator will tempt you with her hand-selected treats in her exclusive “Spring Fling Gift Guide” featuring Mary van der Aa.
April 2019

Mary van der Aa- Jewelry Super Hero for Women in the Jewelry Industry
Mary van der Aa is a jewelry super hero and inspiration for women in the jewelry industry. Read the Jewelry Navigator blog post follow-up to the fabulous podcast interview.
April 2019

The Amazing Jewelry Talents of Gemologist and Jeweler, Mary van der Aa
As a woman designing and making jewelry, Mary van der Aa shares a common perspective we have for beauty, style and balance. Listen to her story in this exciting and entertaining podcast by the Jewelry Navigator.
April 2019

Rapaport Magazine
Mary van der Aa’s “Aria” published in article by Diana Jarrett entitled “Tantalizing in Tanzania.”
Rapaport Magazine,
January 2019

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist
Mary van der Aa’s “Orbit” featured on cover, along with a “how-to” article.
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist,
January/February 2019

Gemology Worldwide Podcast: TUCSON 2019: THE GEM EXTRAVAGANZA
Mary van der Aa and Tucson Todd’s Gems chat with Lauryn Volovar and Josh Hyman in this exciting Tucson Gem Show 2019 recap!
February 2019

Jewelry Navigator Podcast: Treasures of the 2019 Tucson Gem Show
Mary van der Aa and Tucson Todd’s Gems are discussed in this new and upcoming podcast by the Jewelry Navigator, Brenna Pakes. A fantastic recap on the 2019 Tucson show!
February 2019

Fit for Miss Denmark: "Project of Passion" is the crowning glory for U.S. Team
It takes an American village to make a crown for Miss Denmark.
Southern Jewelry News,
November 2016

Jewelry Designer has Crowning Achievement
Mary van der Aa has designed the crown for the next Miss Denmark.
Port Huron Times Herald,
October 2016

Miss Denmark's Crown Made in Tucson
Arizona Daily Star, October 2016

Mary van der Aa- Featured in GIA's Spring Edition Gems & Gemology 2015
Mary van der Aa presents her jewelry designs to the GIA crew at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Color-Change Garnets from Tanzania
Gems & Gemology, Spring 2015, Vol. 51, No. 1
First published piece

Mary van der Aa- 2012 Vegas Standout
Mary van der Aa segment on AGTA gemfair and colored gemstones.

Mary van der Aa- 2013 AGTA GemFair Overview Invite
Mary van der Aa segment on colored stones in today's fashion.


"What I treasure most about Mary's jewelry is that is it personally designed, sparkles with intricate cuts, and feels uniquely fit for me. Mary crafts a simple set of stunning diamond and silver earrings that complements natural beauty and goes with any attire. People notice."

— Carla // Marysville, MI

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