The first time I saw a baroque pearl I was 20, on a pilgrimage to my family’s ancestral islands in Greece. I was enchanted by the idea that the ocean had given the pearl its unique shape, and that no two would ever be alike. I bought the pearl, strung it on an elongated gold chain and changed the course of my life.
Pearls became an emblem for the woman I wanted to be: timeless, elegant, confident enough to be her own muse. I began to dream up more designs, and started traveling to markets around the world to find naturally shaped pearls — a surprisingly challenging mission given the industry’s traditional preference for symmetrical pearls of identical shapes and colours.
In 2019, I founded MARIS, a jewelry collection featuring natural pearls set in simple, elegant designs. Maris means ‘of the sea’ in Latin. It is my maiden name and celebrates the connection that all women feel to the ocean.
We launched with a single product: a glowing baroque pearl strung on an elongated chain. I dreamed that each pearl would journey into the lives of women all over the world, becoming a signature element of their style for life.
Today our collection has grown, but our vision remains the same. Rather than following trends, we keep our pieces timeless, featuring clean lines and delicate details designed to bring a touch of the sea to your aesthetic. Our freshwater pearls are ethically sourced and are hand-selected for the unparalleled lustre that has become our signature.
To continue my family’s tradition of supporting the Greek Islands, MARIS donates 5% of all of our sales to Aegean Rebreath, an Athens-based NGO dedicated to conservation initiatives in the Mediterranean Sea.
We hope that you enjoy your new pearls, and that when you wear them, you are inspired to be your own muse, just as I was.
Welcome to Maris! - Stephanie