Beauty and the Geek: Paul Michael Bierker of Paul Michael Design on Jewelry 2.0

How one jeweler struck a viral chord with sci-fi designs“Jewelry 2.0”: It’s how Paul Michael Bierker describes Paul Michael Design, his tech-ified workshop and retail space in Lawrenceville, Pa. “Most of our production is done right in the middle of the showroom. We even have an active 3-D printer,” says Bierker, “printing out parts all day long.” Bierker began his career in graphic design, but an inspiring professor, Stephen Saracino, turned him on to jewelry fabrication while he was at SUNY Buffalo State. Now the tech-savvy Bierker is near ­Internet-famous for his astoundingly creative sci-fi designs. His “geek jewelry” borrows imagery and motifs from comic icons, Star Trek, and Star Wars, without skimping on impeccable artisanship, fine metals, and gemstones. One ring depicts a miniature Han Solo helplessly encased in carbonite; another depicts Wonder Woman’s icon

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