It was kismet that brought the two together over thirty years ago, Michael having just arrived on Maui from Austria in search of the place where his natural abilities as a self-taught jeweler could evolve to their full potential. Carol’s background was in arts and design, with a natural affinity for handiwork. In Michael she found a best friend and a mentor.
Together the two have created their utopia on Maui’s north shore. A jungle haven where the humbleness of their off-the-grid lifestyle contrasts against the extravagance of the world class jewelry produced there. Often times, Carol’s work plays upon this dichotomy as she delights in combining the different elements of nature in her artful creations; such as earrings of diamonds, 18k gold, and beach pebbles, or a pendant of seashell, boulder opal, and sapphire.
As with a fine wine, the passing of time has brought Schwarz Jewelry to a well developed stage of maturity. Now, 22 years into living their idyllic, off-the-grid lifestyle; spending their days flowing between studio / jewelry work, tending to their jungle ensconced property, and enjoying the pleasures of this island lifestyle, Carol and Michael have come to a place of balance and harmony that is reflected in their jewelry. They strive to honor and convey their reverence for nature in the pieces they produce by utilizing recycled metals and consciously derived stones as much as possible. Their studio is powered by the sun, with rainwater catchment as their water source. These days, many of their pieces are worked on in tandem, blending the strengths of both artists for an end product that is magically derived, and meticulously crafted.