Here's the Backstory
For a long time I'd been trying to come up with a Big Idea, something I could turn into a business. I thought about what I really loved and the answer was simple: Jewelry. I've loved jewelry as much as I’ve loved anything and I have loved it my entire life. Like when I got my first real ring, a gold band with a round topaz set into it (my birthstone), and how I cried for a week after I lost it while jumping in a pile of leaves one fall day. Or the necklace I made after I extracted a pearl from an oyster I fished out of a water tank on a trip to San Francisco. The time I raked my hand through a bin of gold charms at a flea market until I found the one I wanted. You get the idea.
It was my mother who introduced me to the interesting stuff. Not so much precious stones but more so hand-crafted beauties of every ilk: wood, copper, Bakelite, beads and a bounty of Native American pieces. My mother loved to travel and she was drawn to artisans who made beautiful things. I walked through many a far-flung bazaar or dusty roadside shop with her, and Oh the treasures we discovered.
When my mother died in 2003, her things became my things. I found in her stash a trio of necklaces—bold, sculptural, saturated in color—and I started wearing them. All. The. Time. "Where did you get that?" women would ask me while I schlepped through Paris/Los Angeles/Miami/Stockholm/New York/Madrid. It was a drumbeat, I tell you, so I decided to make something inspired by them.
This is my business. It's just me, creating something I love, from a memory that's very sweet.
Psst: About The Name
Evie Marques is named after my mother. Evie, short for Evelyn, was her nickname. Because I'm starting a business by recreating one of my mother's necklaces, I feel she's leaving her mark on all of us. Or, Marques, because I'm a sucker for a French spin.