Designer to Watch: Mark Maxwell

LOCATION AND CONTACT San Diego; (760) 917-1647; www.mmgoldsmith.com.

SIGNATURE STYLE AND INSPIRATION Arch and curve shapes reminiscent of Art Nouveau styling are crafted in 18k yellow gold and vitreous enamel using Old World techniques like hand engraving.

FUN FACT Maxwell was an instructor at the Gemological Institute of America for 12 years before launching his own business. He also studied hand engraving in Austria, taught enameling for Rio Grande’s Catalog in Motion show during the American Gem Trade Association GemFair Tucson 2009, and lectured on CAD/CAM at the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Expo New York 2009.

STARTING RETAIL PRICE POINT $1,500

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION United States

ACCOUNTS Three so far; the business launched September 2008.

JEWELRY TRADE SHOW EXHIBITS Centurion Jewelry