Get pierced in style

Interview

Written by: Henriette Noermark

Photography: Annie Lai

Please welcome a new piercing concept from Maria Black that addresses not only quality consciousaesthetes, design connoisseurs and fashion-interested customers, but anyone who wants to adorn themselves with beauty, really.

Enhance your personal style and stand out with the new fine jewellery piercings by Maria Black. Located in their Copenhagen flagship store, Maria Black just launched their brand new piercing studio where you are invited to treat yourself to an extraordinary jewellery experience. Whereas the usual piercing studios are not exactly equivalent to luxury and fashion, visitors are guaranteed an utterly comfortable and stylish encounter with piercing, when stepping into the integrated studio designed by Kasper Thorup of Thorup Copenhagen. It oozes luxury, sophistication and quality, yet it is relaxed and low key in its style, as the intimate and caring setting is key to Maria Black who compares it to going to the spa. A professional expert piercer is now a permanent part of the Maria Black team, because they noticed a great potential and demand for piercings that you do not count the days to replace: Consisting of gold-plated jewellery in 18K gold with diamonds and sapphires, the collection lets you get a beautiful and timeless jewel immediately as you get pierced. Don’t wait, just wear.

Antonia is wearing Insert Product Here

Antonia is wearing Insert Product Here

Whether for your nose, helix, tragus or septum, each piece is a tiny piece of body art. The breathtaking eye-catching statement pieces are playful and has that characteristic glimpse in the eye, Maria Black is known for. An eye, a mouth and organic shapes make up the assortment and her philosophy is all about playfulness, style and breaking boundaries — not only in regards to how fine jewellery looks like, but also who wears them.

The issue forces you to think if you are just expressing the same values as society taught you or you dare to have an open discussion about the logic and fairness of old ideas.

Maria Black, Founder & Head of Design

Maria Black’s approach to unisex jewellery, to gender equality and fluidity are flowing through her design practice and part on everything she touches. So, when launching the piercing studio concept, those ideas were bound to follow. The collection is powerful and does not have a certain gender written on them, because “the issue forces you to think if you are just expressing the same values as society taught you or you dare to have an open discussion about the logic and fairness of old ideas,” Maria Black says. Who wants to be put in a box anyway? Stop by and select that dreamy piece of jewellery that takes your personal appearance to the next level.

There & Then — a talk with Maria Black about their new piercing studio

Tell me a bit about the concept of the piercing studio.

The piercing studio has been created to be a natural extension of the Maria Black universe. We design earrings, we love to play and create looks never before seen, so this was the perfect fit. Imagine browsing a jewellery shop where you can curate your own personal look and have it done - there and then. The atmosphere is caring, relaxed, filled with good vibes and we urge people to bring friends and see it as a fun, social experience. Nothing beats the rush of having a new piercing done so it is definitely a moment you should share. The piercing studio is an alternative to the more traditional, hardcore piercing shops, which might seem intimidating to some. We have a fully qualified piercer with 20 years of experience so you are in safe hands, and we will take care of all your needs from start till finish: from styling advice, cleaning guidelines to healing. We do not stretch earlobes or insert jewellery under the skin, instead we strive for the empowering, beautiful and aesthetic piercing look.

And it is all Maria Black signature jewellery?

I have spend a year perfecting the piercing system and creating a collection in gold and precious stone, which not only meets international standards, but excels in quality. The designs are delicate and comfortable for long term wear, they are quirky and minimalist making them work with everything - you can actually change the front design later and keep the back, saving costs, whilst you get to play with your curated ear look.

How did the idea for the piercing studio arise?

I always thought of piercings as being made from surgical steel and the first time I saw gold piercing jewellery was at a colleague’s space in London. It ignited my light bulb

and having designed impossible ear cuffs and earrings for years, emulating multiple piercings, it was just a true “yes” moment, as I could finally play with the whole canvas instead

of the pre-confined lobe area. I always wanted a second piercing myself, so for our office christmas party a few years back, I invited two piercers as a surprise and the whole office got a second and third piercing, which made everyone hooked on the idea and we chose to go with that feeling.

The piercing studio began as a pop-up. How was it received by the customers?

Brilliantly. Our youngest customer was 13 and our oldest 68, which just confirm that is really for everyone who has ever felt the urge to have just a little more bling in their ears and to stand out. It is understated and screamingly loud at the same time, as it is framing your face and giving it a cool edge. The atmosphere in our shop changed from an ordinary shopping experience to an extraordinary adventure, people were hanging out and experimenting with their looks and everyone was curious and chatty.

Is that atmosphere part of the permanent piercing studio as well?

Definitely. Every Friday we serve soft drinks or beer to our customers, while they browse our newest piercings and gear down from the week. We already find that people pop in for a casual chat about their next piercing project and everyone chips in with an opinion. This is basically my idea of jewellery heaven. We feel this is so us and our community has reacted with so much enthusiasm and excitement, so we are just gagging to blow the starting whistle.

What is your personal favourite?

I love the Quadron Earring that is finished of with a little dangling stone. I love piercing that gives a small movement around your helix area. In true Maria Black style we offer a really styleable selection that is customizable. So stop by and join.

It's always about the jewellery

Renowned for her playful way of stacking rings and earrings, Maria Black takes multiples to another level in her new jewellery endeavour when introducing a new piercing concept in the Copenhagen flagship store. For that, she has designed a fine jewellery collection consisting of thin, delicate, savvy and gorgeous pieces for costumers to choose from when getting their piercing done. With composition and detail in mind, Maria Black excels in letting the organically shaped pieces follow the contour of the ear and making it seem uniquely custom-fit. Adorn your ear with a tiny arrow, star, eye, mouth or your favourite curly shapes and forms in 18K gold-plated jewellery with diamonds and sapphires. The piercings are as flexible, and playful as the rest of the brand universe, as its two part system enables you to easily change the top part of the piece, without having to take it all out. Mix and match as you please.

“My design philosophy is to constantly evolve, and the pieces I create must prove their rightful place in this madness.”

- Maria Black, Founder and Head of Design.

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