mary e. klein

My father taught me to be a rock hound.

Over the years I collected agates, jasper, and other stones from the area, and polished them in a rock tumbler.

Once at a local Gem and Mineral Show I saw some jewelry that featured wire-wrapped agates. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try.

I soon discovered that wire wrapping was not as easy as it appeared. Eventually I learned the finer points of wire wrapping, and in the process ignited a fire of passion for jewelry making.

Combining beads and accents to play off each other is the design challenge. I often look to nature for interesting color combinations. I tend to be picky about my creations: I've been known to dismantle a piece numerous times until it's "just right".

My first jewelry pieces were created just for me, to match an outfit or for a special event. But soon friends and even strangers began to notice and ask.

I was happy to make custom things and thus began to produce a collection of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

I use semi-precious stones, pearls, seed beads, Czech and Swarovski crystals and of course agates which I have polished.

I use only sterling silver or gold-filled findings and earring wires. I stand behind my work: if something breaks or comes apart I will repair or replace.


Educated in tradional oil painting and graphic arts.

Studied at the Hermann-Bougie Studio and The Atelier,

Studied with Joe Pacquet

Graduate of St. Paul College, Advertising Design.

Currently (1997-present) drawing and painting instructor at The Art Academy in St. Paul, MN.


Mary Klein, St. Paul, MN
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