— Artist Profiles and Bios

Marta Sanchez

MSO Joies

Marta Sanchez, a jeweler and a gemologist. Born in Vic, Barcelona, Spain, from a working family, remembers drawing and playing with clay, walking through the forest with her grandfather who would teach her to tie her shoes and fix a light switch. Her mother would always tell the story of how she only needed a pencil and paper to entertain her two year old, or to let Marta get dirty making figurines with clay. They still conserve a mural she made with plaster on one of the walls of the house!

Marta grew up spending a lot of time after school in her father’s wood shop, making wood toys and furniture, which would help her get her hands accustomed to working and controlling machines. At age 18 Marta knew she wanted to make jewelry, and enrolled in Escuela Massana, where she learned about metals, forging, micro fusion, stones, galleries and everything related to a jeweler. Fascinated with stones, Marta went on to study Gemology, and although never got to leave to Germany, she speaks the language fluently, and earned Gemologist titles from the University of Barcelona, and the FEEG (Federation for European Education in Gemmology).

Marta conceives jewelry as ornamental objects for the body. “A jewel is something we wear to beautify our body. As someone who gets a tattoo, changes their hair or gets a piercing, I change my jewelry every day depending on my mood. I like to wear my jewelry as much as I like to show off my tattoos.”

At the moment Marta has a few collections on display; Atón, Geb, Nut, Isis and Flor de Lotus, the first exclusive to MOCAShop! All of these inspired from Old Egypt, their gods and beliefs as they influence us today. She admires German jewelry, although a bit cold at times, she enjoys their techniques at making jewelry, and likes to mix them with her new and personal visions of antique jewelry.

Marta lives and works in Barcelona, in her own studio and showroom of now five years. Marta started her blog on August 2006, on contemporary jewelry called 18kt, with an average of 20,000 visits a month, which has evolved into a meeting place for jewelers around the world. — Artist Profiles and Bios

My name is Monica Milla, Moca, as my close friends and family call me. This is my my online store. I invite you to visit and love it all!


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