The owner of Gusterman's since 1978, Mary began her artistic career in 1970 as an apprentice to Astrid Gusterman. Over the years, she has applied the strong foundation of design and critique taught by Astrid to transform customers' dreams into finished pieces of art. Mary's designs fit a broad range of lifestyles and reflect the personality and sensibility of the individual. She has gathered an extensive collection of gems and minerals to complement the original nature of these designs. The combination of unique stones and years of experience result in objects and gemstone jewelry that stand the test of time.
Although traditionally trained as a silversmith, Mary has continued her education in natural stones, gold, and platinum. Some examples of her success are: a first place award in the platinum guild competition of 1998, a commission to complete the yellow gold ring of office for the bishop of the Episcopal Archdiocese of Colorado, and her use of a star sapphire orb in a ring/pendant for an invitational show at the Faber gallery in New York. Mary's experience and drive to broaden her knowledge, move forward in design, and accept new challenges is evident in her passionate and open approach to customers' designs. Mary enjoys the process involved in creating personal objects for wear or display in styles that are traditional, commercial, original, artistic, or functional. She is available for jewelry consultation by appointment or e-mail.