Margarita Tzimika and Margarita Tsioumaka first met in 1999 while studying Geology at Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. They met once more after they decided to study Silversmithing and Jewellery Design in 2004 and have been sharing their love and fascination since. The two Margaritas love to design, make, wear their work and also share their greatest joy: to watch their jewellery on other people. In 2011 they decided not to ask "loves-me-loves-me-not" anymore and established 'Mi madas ti Margarita' (standing for 'Don't ask the daisie') workshop, where they design and make silver and gold jewellery, also using precious and semi-precious stones and enamels. Working side by side, they agree and sometimes disagree, they envision their pieces, turn their designs into objects, complement each other and evolve. Through classic jewellery making techniques, they transform raw precious metals into modern pieces of jewellery to be used, worn and adored. Their biggest challenge is to combine craftsmanship and playful contemporary design while coming up with fresh new ideas. Constantly developing and exploring, they like to learn something new everyday. If there is one thing that Margarita and Margarita would like to express with their art is that beauty lies in simplicity.
Μη Μαδάς τη Μαργαρίτα
Mi madas ti Margarita workshop
Their love for jewellery which is an art object and an item to wear at the same time and their strong wish to be in touch with the jewellery art lovers has lead Margarita and Margarita to turn their working space into an open public workshop. Visitor can have a closer look on the work of the two girls or can even take part in their creative process by comissioning their one-of-a-kind piece. The client's personal involvement helps the two designers produce a singular piece of jewellery that could mark a special occasion, become an outstanding gift, help unravel a personal story and become precious and treasured for a long, long time . At "Mi madas ti Margarita workshop" right next to the "Mi madas ti Margarita" collections, one can also find carefully selected items by collaborating jewellers as well as modern handmade ceramic objects.