MSO Joies

MSO Joies offers handmade contemporary jewellery by Barcelona designer Marta. In addition to running her lovely shop, Marta runs a contemporary jewelry blog that she has directed since August 2006. With an average of 20,000 monthly visits, it has become a point of contact for jewelers from around the world! I was so pleased that she was able to take a moment out of her busy schedule to speak with us.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I discovered jewellery when I was 16, I was studying in Art School in my town and one of my teachers was jeweler. So he introduced me to this world and a few years later I was learning Jewellery at Massana School at Barcelona. Moreover, since I was a child I used to play making body ornaments for me and for my dolls.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love making jewellery and I enjoy painting, but I think my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is read a book.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
To make people understand the importance of buying handmade and unique pieces of jewellery.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Any of my rings!! I love to wear big rings with stones and I love to wear any of my jewels!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I used to play with my sister as a child. I thought I would become a veterinarian because I love animals! At home we have had cats, turtles, hamsters, fishes, and a parrot. My sister used to collect minerals and used to read every book about ancient Egypt she could get her hands into. Now, when I look back I smile; my sister is studying medicine and I am a gemologist and soon, I hope, an Art Historian. Life takes many turns!!

What other shops out there do you love?
Earthship Studio
Kathi Roussel
Abigail A. Percy

What does your future hold?
My great project is my jewelry studio and to keep creating new collections, organize shows and enter contests like I’ve been doing for over a year now. I would like to travel to France and Germany to visit some craft fairs and meet craftsmen from other countries. I am planning to grow my Etsy store with new pieces and keep selling in all the world.

See more of Marta's work on Etsy, Flickr, or at Don't forget to visit her blog as well at!