Interview with Helge Maren

Interview with Helge Maren

How did you come up with the idea of launching Maren Jewellery?

I have been privately exploring minimalism, vegan lifestyle and zero waste for so many years. Somewhere along the way, the desire grew stronger in me to not only live my beliefs privately, but also to merge all that I have learned and that has become so important to me with my passion for jewellery design. I want luxury that is ready for a sustainable future.

And this is exactly where I focus with Maren Jewellery: I want to offer high-quality, handmade and sustainable luxury jewellery that is minimal designed and timeless and can accompany its wearers for a lifetime. I think it's so important to stand up for your beliefs and try to initiate change where possible. Because everyone has what it takes to make our world a better place. That's exactly what I do with Maren Jewellery in my profession: jewellery design.


What is it that makes jewellery so special for you?

I find the idea that jewellery has been around longer than clothing really fascinating. People seem to have a deep desire to adorn themselves and to use jewellery to express everything that is important, sacred and inseparable from them. We express what is most personal in the way we adorn ourselves. That's why I feel jewellery is a deeply intimate and meaningful, even mindful object. I also think it's really important to be aware of that: My jewellery becomes the emotional expression of another person. And every piece of jewellery also demands this mindfulness from me when I make it.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I love to be inspired by nature. For example, from blossoms, which are a model for me with minimal, quiet lines. But also from atmospheres. For example, when the mist lies on the forest early in the morning or the glitter of a waterfall in the sunlight. I then try to imagine seeing these things for the first time and then I start to see the lines and patterns of nature that inspire me to create new pieces of jewellery. But vintage objects also radiate something inspiring. For example, an heirloom from my grandma was the origin of my ReMind series. In general, when designing, I am interested in how much I can eliminate to give my jewellery a timeless tranquillity without taking away from it what is special about the particular piece of jewellery.

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How did you decide to become a jewellery designer?

Even as a child I was fascinated by jewellery. How it gives its wearer that special something without which the person could perhaps not be understood in the depth that was possible through jewellery. When I was about 15 years old, I already knew: I'm going to be a jewellery designer. Then I did an internship in a small goldsmith's shop and was enchanted. I wanted to do that all my life! The combination of craft and design - I immediately felt at home. I then studied jewellery and objects of everyday culture in Pforzheim, which helped me a lot, especially on an artistic level. Later, I continued to work on my understanding of design in various large jewellery companies for over 10 years, until I realised that it was time for something new, something personal.


Written by: Moritz Hackl

Moritz is a copywriter, blogger and journalist living in Munich.
More than anything else, he likes to write about the beautiful things in life -
such as about sustainable jewellery.