Meet the Artist: Margo Morrison

Margo Morrison New York is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and for the past twelve years the Artful Hand Gallery has established itself as one of the leading independent retailers of this timeless, elegant and effortlessly wearable jewelry. We have cultivated many collectors of Margo Morrison jewelry over the years, as it is difficult to stop with only one piece, whether it be from the pearl collection or the many beautiful gemstone combinations, including aquamarine, labradorite and moonstone. Margo Morrison jewelry is a “go to” for many of our male customers seeking a gift as they can always count on it being a big hit.

An exciting collection of Spring 2021 designs arrives this week, and later this Summer the Artful Hand Gallery will hold it twelfth annual Margo Morrison trunk show from July 30th to August 15th.

We recently had a chance to chat with Margo about her career and her experiences during the past year:

AHG: What steps led you on the path to becoming a successful jewelry designer?

Margo: Aside from having a creative side, which is what got me into this business, I think what has contributed most to my success as a jewelry designer has been the ability to select only the best products for my line. I’m also an extremely detailed person and have been able to find the right people on my team, plus I like listening to my customers. Running a business is like following the ebbs and flows of the ocean. You must be able to move with direction of trends, and also be flexible enough to weather tough times like a recession or what we’re experiencing now with this pandemic. And you must be open to listening to what customers like and then determine whether or not it makes sense for you to incorporate their ideas into your designs.

AHG: You have a rich background which includes being a classical pianist, magazine publisher (Miami Guide to the Arts), interior designer (?), and actress in TV commercials, among others. Are there any take-aways from these experiences which you have found valuable in your present career?

Margo: I think it can all be distilled into one word. Discipline. I seem to have interests that are the opposite of being on a team, so there’s no one to cheer me on when the going gets rough. Classical piano involved a lot of time alone at the piano, focusing on a single passage for hours, or working on a piano concerto over several months, playing the same sections over and over. You have to enjoy what you’re doing, and you have to be disciplined. There was no one standing over me to keep me moving. I had to do it all on my own. And it taught me what I was made of.

AHG: Was there a specific inspiration for Margo Morrison jewelry?

Margo: I was inspired by a lariat I saw in the window of a store in Miami Beach, back in 2001. The stones were spaced along a cord and seemed to be suspended. I was just blown away by it. I had taken an adult eduction jewelry class in NYC a year or so before that. We were given beads and metal wire. I kept thinking how boring it was. There were only so many ways you could stack beads on a wire. I thought, “I have no talent. I can’t think of anything interesting to do with this.” Only after I saw that lariat with the stones spaced apart that my imagination kicked in and I couldn’t wait to get back to NYC to start creating my own designs.

AHG: You must love the search for the pearls and gemstones used in your jewelry. What have been some of your best discoveries? The most unusual stones? Do you have a favorite stone?

Margo: It truly is like being a kid in a candy store. My favorite trip is to Tucson each year, where I do most of my stone and pearl buying. It’s getting more and more difficult to find new and interesting cuts and colors, but I never give up and always find something fabulous. I’m pretty crazy about labradorite and call it the chameleon of stones. I love the light inside of it. I absolutely adore tourmaline and have found the thinnest slices o