Interview
Fashion’s Favourite Piercer

Liberty Meets Maria Tash

Discover the world of Maria Tash, designer and piercer to the stars

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FASHION’S FAVOURITE PIERCERThe age of bespoke ear curation is upon us; and Maria Tash creator of the beautifully curated ear is heading the revolution. Over 20 years, Tash has built an empire on design-led piercing, boasting Gwyneth Paltrow, FKA Twigs and Candice Swanepoel among her loyal clientele. Now Tash is star of the Liberty jewellery hall, where her exquisitely fine pieces and expert team span three private rooms. We spoke to Tash about inspiration, self-expression, and what makes a truly unique ear curation.

TEEN SPIRITMaria Tash started designing earrings and experimenting with piercings on herself during the 80s. “I had a love of multiple ear piercings and a dearth of great jewellery”, she explains. Tash began to develop her refined style of ear curation, using gold instead of the steel industrial looks of the nineties that could only be opened with pliers. “When I started, there was only very industrial-looking body jewellery available”, she explains, referencing the barbells and heavy rings of times past.

LOOK EAST“In my early days of designing, I was inspired by the elaborate and plentiful jewellery in pierced ears of Indian/Pakistani woman during wedding ceremonies”, she explains. The Venus range by Maria Tash features ornate pieces with decorative embellishments that reflect the Far Eastern influences of traditional Indian jewellery, as well as elements of modern architecture. Honing her craft with an array of delicate trinkets, Tash began professionally piercing in 1993.

SIGNATURE JEWELLERYHer collections are filled with everything from gold spikes on tiny-hoops to diamonds set in scalloped gold. “I’m known for small and precise rings and threaded backed studs that can be worn continuously in multiple lobe piercings”, she explains. Her classic diamond eternity ring and single diamond heart and arrow studs are her most popular pieces. And with a spectrum of clever closures and decorative backings, the innovation shows no sign of abating.

MAKE IT 100% YOURSToday, tailoring your piercings to your personal style is standard. “My jewellery has evolved over time, and is much better than what I had in the early nineties”, explains Tash. It is also “durable, beautiful and small enough for daily wear.” And with enough variety that is it possible to get as unique look going that reflects your life and style, as Lauren Laverne does.

NEW TERRITORYDo you know your rook from your conch? How about your helix from your daith? The new ear vocabulary is anything but conventional. “High first lobe piercings are a nice way to accent the main lobe and heal quickly, while high conch piercing - the flat part of the upper ear - is a new unexplored area,” says Tash. As for the latest piercing trend? “Where the lobe meets the cartilage (a 6th or 7th hole) is very popular”. With a spectrum of fine jewellery and expert piercing practitioners at Maria Tash x Liberty London, you too can get involved.

Trust us, it’s addictive!

To book an appointment with Maria Tash call +44 (0)207573 9650 or email MariaTashBookings@liberty.co.uk

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