On the Cutting Edge of Jewelry Design: Mark Edge – and a special discount!

You know when you see a memorable piece of jewelry. Sometimes a unique piece will make you stop in your tracks and question a total stranger about the beautiful baubles they’re donning. Be that person stopped on the street, thanks to Mark Edge, the designer behind some of the most uncommon jewelry pieces you’ll treat your eyes – and your wardrobe to.

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The man with the edge in jewelry design, Mark Edge.

We’re so grateful Mark took some time out of his super busy holiday schedule to share a bit about himself and his seriously amazing collection of jewelry… We’re sure you’ll find something lust-worthy in the photos he shares below!

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A few words from Mark:

I have a passion for creating jewelry. I gather environmentally conscious materials and push them beyond their conventional uses. My jewelry is handcrafted from a bevy of unusual materials including reclaimed metal and wood, unclaimed old stock chains and fittings and vintage crystals. I disappear into the design process for hours until I have that magic “ah-ha” moment. Then…and only then…do I feel my work is complete and that I can put my name on it. My designs are truly a labor of love. Enjoy!

– How did you get in to jewelry design?

I took a 5-evening jewelry-making class in the 8th grade just for the fun of it, and it stuck. I was instantly in business and the rest is history after attending college.

Here’s a short video of Mark and Jill – he’s sharing how long necklaces can be worn in various ways:

– Do you have a favorite piece you’ve created, or perhaps favorite jewelry collection?

The current EcoVintage collection is my favorite as I love antiques and a patina!

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– Can you share just a bit about your design process – from inspiration, to determining materials, colors, textures, etc.?

I gather all sorts of materials and basically put them in front of me and that’s when the magic begins as if I love something I’ll make it work and sometimes it designs itself when certain things beg to be next to each other.

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– What’s the most unique item you’ve ever turned into jewelry?

I’d have to say the vintage solid silver American coins. They are so beautiful and iconic, as well as an amazing investment. In fact, the tag line for the coin pieces is “an investment in style.”

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– What are some of the more unique ways you’ve seen people wearing your pieces – in a way you may not have envisioned?

Dolly Parton has a ton of my jewelry and in a recent photography shoot she’s wearing a butterfly necklace as a hand bracelet!!

In fact, here’s a quick video of Mark showing Jill how to turn one of his bracelets into a fantastic necklace…

– Do you ever think of specific people when designing a piece of jewelry? Perhaps a friend, family member, or even a celebrity?

The age range of people who’re attracted to my jewelry literally ranges from teenagers and moms to hip grandmothers, which makes me feel so good! Normally three generations of women would not shop in the same stores, but with my work, they all love it which I love! I look at the jewelry as art and anyone or age can be attracted to a piece of art!!

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– What kind of traditions do you and your friends/family recognize when it comes to jewelry, if any?

I do give jewelry to family and friends and they always love it!!!

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Thank you so much Mark! We’ve heard that in addition to the fabulous Dolly Parton, his celebrity clientele includes ladies from The Real Housewives of NYC & Atlanta, Courtney Cox, Martina McBride, The Ladies of “The View” – and we can see why!

Last video share – this one of Mark sharing how nicely his necklaces layer:

Stop by steve mckenzie’s today to see some of Mark’s work in person, and possibly add a little celebrity style to your wardrobe. For a limited time, we’re offering all in-stock Mark Edge jewelry at 25% off, so please pay us a visit and take advantage of these special savings! These pieces make fantastic gifts as well, and we’re offering our gift-wrapping services through the holiday season, so there’s no reason to leave something – or nothing – unwrapped under the tree…

steve mckenzie’s Gift Guide for the Guys

So, there are tons of gift guides circulating… And, sure, plenty of cool items. But we’re especially excited about this gift guide we’re sharing with you today because it’s just for the guys! If there’s any one thing we hear around this time of year  it’s “what can I get my husband/father/uncle/boyfriend.”

The truth is, many of us are stumped on what to get the men in our life. Well, stumped you are no more – steve mckenzie’s is here to help with our 2014 Gift Guide for the Guys:

iPad sleeve/case

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Starting at $44 (for a felt iPad sleeve), sleeves and cases for your guy’s beloved technology will always be well received. They’re the perfect understated accent, they’ll actually be able to use!

Classic Rucksack

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Here’s something your guy will forever treasure, a handsome rucksack by Colsen Keane, for steve mckenzie’s ($695 on sale for $556). The era of the murse (man-purse) is behind us, enter the rucksack – a redesigned classic from your man’s youth, this piece will only age the older it is, and he’ll find a use for it almost every day!

If this piece doesn’t fit the bill for your man, there are a number of fabulous leather gift options currently on sale on the steve mckenzie’s website; take advantage of these special savings before they’re gone!

A Flask

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Every southern gentleman needs a place to store his  bourbon, whisky, or scotch while enjoying a fall tailgate, bonfire, or other activities where a warming drink may be needed… Help your man enjoy that drink in style with a fantastic flask, available in small and large sizes in timeless cowhide or supple ostrich leather, ranging in  price from $32 to $50.

Each of these gifts is sure to elicit a smile out of even the most ornery men out there come Christmas morning. So, what’ll it be for your guy this year? Come on in today and let the team at steve mckenzie’s help you select something special for the guy in your life – we’ll even gift wrap it for you!