Tony Malmed Jewelry is designed and made by hand in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each piece is one of a kind and crafted from rare, precious, ethically mined gems of the highest possible quality, set in repurposed gold and silver.
Tony traveled through and traded in twenty-five countries by the time that he was twenty-seven years old. He saw the ancient ways in which jewelry was made, and adopted these practices into his own work. His forty-five years of travel and meditation continue to infuse and inform the aesthetic properties of his exquisite collections. The proportions, the textures, and the play of colors in his pieces draw from the beauty and mystique of places like India, Italy, and Japan—and from the understanding that truth is beauty and beauty is truth.
The jewelry is comprised of repurposed 18kt gold and sterling silver and stones of the highest quality, including moonstones, Australian opals, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and tourmalines of different shades and colors, American turquoises, Afghani lapis, and Sugilite from the Kalahari. He also works with rare materials such as native copper, black slate with pyrite inclusions, and opals that formed in petrified trees millions of years ago and are left as close to their natural states as the jewelry making process allows for them to be.
Tony Malmed Jewelry is a private, family-owned and run company. The jewelry was sold almost exclusively in Santa Fe for over thirty years, and is available now for the first time online and in stores globally. Our main galleries are Sprit of the Earth in Santa Fe and the Store at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Our jewelry is also available online at Sprit of the Earth and at the Store at the Museum of Arts and Design.
For over twenty-five years, we've exclusively used repurposed metals sourced from a SCS Global Services certified refinery, and have only used conflict free diamonds.
To learn of the historical properties of many of the stones that comprise Tony Malmed Jewelry, please refer to this Vogue article, authored by Alexandra Malmed.
About Tony Malmed
Tony and Gayatri Malmed met in Afghanistan while traveling in their early twenties, moved together to India for eleven years, and then continued to travel, all the while collecting precious jewels, hand-embroidered silks, and exquisite antiques, before making their way—each for their first time—to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Entranced with the beauty and ethereality of the small, dusty city, they decided to stay.
They owned and operated Spirit of the Earth in Santa Fe from 1983-2018. They then passed it on to the loving hands of Sophie Sagar and Owen Maher, and Franci Sagar. Tony now has the time and ability to focus solely on his creative process and his jewelry. The boutique, located in the historic downtown district, is still open and is now one of the longest-standing in Santa Fe. Our jewelry is still a primary fixture of Spirit of the Earth.
Tony and Gayatri continue to live in Santa Fe where, after 48 years of making, Tony is still often woken up at night by ideas for new pieces of jewelry, from the source which animates all of us—"that union of magic and grace."
Visa photographs—Katmandu 1971