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BACK­GROUND A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Art and De­sign in Lausanne, Swiss-born de­signer Marielle By­worth (who now lives in Sai Kung) launched jew­ellery com­pany Mar­i­joli in Ja­pan in 2005. By­worth’s fa­ther had a watch busi­ness and is also a dealer in an­tique jew­ellery. Af­ter work­ing for her fam­ily in Lon­don, she re­lo­cated to Tokyo and dis­trib­uted her de­signs to con­cept stores around the world, be­fore set­tling in Hong Kong to start a fam­ily and fo­cus on be­spoke jew­ellery. She opened the Mar­i­joli flag­ship store at PMQ in 2014 and launched the Aya col­lec­tion, named af­ter her daugh­ter.

DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURE By­worth says her jew­ellery shapes are “inspired by flow­ing energy,” and her de­sign phi­los­o­phy is to in­fuse the spirit and har­mony of Zen. This in­cludes in­cor­po­rat­ing na­ture in her de­signs in the shapes of flora and fauna.

FAVOURITE MA­TE­RI­ALS An un­ortho­dox com­bi­na­tion of pre­cious stones sit along­side mod­ern ma­te­ri­als at Mar­i­joli. The Aya col­lec­tion in­cor­po­rates Scarselli di­a­monds, quirk­ily paired with black vinyl. By­worth has also put ru­bies with wood, and con­trasted black gold and black di­a­monds with crys­tal.

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