Maria Paray’s technical credentials include a degree in metallurgical engineering from Columbia University and a decade-long career in the demanding field of aerospace.
As challenging as her career was, Maria had a life-long interest in the arts and after the birth of her children, she made the decision to explore other endeavors. Maria received professional recognition as a Certified Stenciler, through the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL) and started Murals and Walls, creating murals, faux finishes and stenciled designs in the homes of clients. Maria also taught decorative painting locally and at an IDAL national conference.
Maria stumbled into jewelry-making as a lark and found a new passion working with precious metals and precious stones. Maria came full circle and found jewelry making worked well with her background as an engineer with its focus on detail and precision. Her training in decorative wall finishes, color theory and composition, honed a keen perception for good design.
She has traded stainless steel for silver and paint for patinas, enamels and textures. The intersection of engineering and art was the perfect place to establish Maria Paray, a jewelry company.