Teen Marla at her Bench. She Began Soldering at Age 13
Thank you for visiting my website of art jewelry. My name is Marla Trudine, and I am a jeweler and metal-smith living in Los Angeles, CA. I learned the craft of jewelry design, fabrication, and gold and silver smithing from my mother, an accomplished goldsmith and silversmith, when I was a child, and it quickly became my lifelong passion. I have been working with precious metals and beautiful precious stones since the age of ten. I gained my extensive knowledge of gemstones from my father who is a gemologist and jeweler as well. Drawing inspiration from both of my parents, I became a skilled jeweler and started selling stylish jewelry in art galleries when I was a teenager. I specialize in creating one-of-a-kind, handmade, high fashion art jewelry in my private studio in Los Angeles, CA, using all sustainable recycled gold and silver. Every piece is made by me, using the ancient jewelry-making process of hand fabrication. This means that I work with the metals themselves to create each piece, rather than working in wax to make a mold that is then converted into metal. There are a few pieces that I have made into molds after I created them by hand in gold, but that is very rare, and each piece is still handmade by me and completely unique. All of the pieces that you will see when you explore my work started out as a piece of flat gold or silver sheet, or varying types of gold and silver wire, that were bent, sawed out, hammered, formed, shaped, and soldered personally by me.
My handcrafted, one-of-a kind (“ooak”) jewelry is greatly inspired by Art Nouveau designs, Art Nouveau art, and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as Art Deco and Modern Art. My pieces are whimsical and playful, yet sophisticated and refined, and most of all inspiringly feminine in nature. I use yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, green gold and silver and many of my pieces incorporate two or three colors of gold together.
I use a wide variety of gemstones, many that you will be familiar with, and some of which I hope to inspire you to learn about for the first time. I also love working with rare, beautiful, hand-carved stones and gems that are as unique and inspiring as the women who wear them.
The styles that I am inspired to make come to life are divided into six collections:
Flutter is the collection inspired by creatures of all kinds.
Nectar is the collection inspired by flora of all types.
Dancers is the aerial inspired collection, with invoking feelings of movement, air and water.
Sonnet is the Victorian-inspired collection which has more detail and symmetry than the other free-form styled collections.
Chivalry is the collection of unisex pieces.
Straws is my collection of elegant, personal drinking straws including pure silver straws and gold embellished straws, all of which are beautiful functional art pieces, environmentally conscious, sustainable, and health-conscious, as well as socially conscious.
In Flutter, Nectar, Dancers, and Sonnet you will find unique handmade earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cufflinks, and slave bracelets, that I hope to inspire you as much as they have me or at least make you smile.
I look forward to making a special piece, just for you!