Maria Tash has been a designer and retailer of fine jewelry for over 21 years. While studying in London, she discovered her appreciation for the art of body piercing and a love of Indian and Pakistani designs, most notably nostril and ear jewelry. Upon returning to the States Tash decided to turn her passion into a business, and opened her first piercing and tattoo spa in New York City. Before long, she began designing her own line of jewelry—faced with the challenge of creating pieces that were not only hypoallergenic and strong, but also comfortable and beautiful, Maria set out to do just that. To ensure that her jewelry meets the highest of her standards, she wears each design herself to test its durability and comfort.