Meet Patrick Mohs Jewelry
Patrick Mohs Jewelry is the artistic collaboration of husband and wife, Patrick Nelson and Mary Kay Mohs—award winning jewelry designers. Together they create jewelry that is inspired by nature but sophisticated in design. Their jewelry is an exploration of the adventures and possibilities of jewelry design with precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones.Each piece of jewelry is designed, created, and brought to life by Patrick and Mary Kay at their studio in Wayzata, Minnesota.
For both Patrick and Mary Kay, their love of fine jewelry was kindled at an early age. While working at his mother’s jewelry store as a child, Patrick was intrigued by the mechanical creation of gold and platinum and went on to learn all aspects of the industry. Meanwhile, Mary Kay was always fascinated with her mother’s beautiful jewelry and her eye for design; she loved learning the lore and science of gemstones. Ironically, both Patrick and Mary Kay studied at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. As fate would have it, a few years later they met and were excited to learn they had so much in common including their love of jewelry, gems, and design! Patrick Mohs Jewelry was born.
Tell a little about yourself
Patrick: I grew up immersed in jewelry. My mother was a jeweler and gemologist and owned a jewelry store in Glencoe, MN. As a young boy I initially learned some jewelry making and design skills from my mother and would sit at her jewelers bench and play with silver and gems. I then set out for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and there I earned my Graduate Jewelry Gemologist with Design and Wax, and after that I apprenticed under a master jeweler for a couple of years in New England. But Minnesota was calling me back. And 15 years later working in the jewelry industry, while always maintaining a passion for designing and making jewelry, the time had come in the fall of 2017 to dedicate my time fully to Patrick Mohs Jewelry with Mary Kay.
Mary Kay: I grew up in the small town of Alexandria, MN. Growing up I was always fascinated by rocks and gems – finding them, collecting them, reading about how different gems were formed in the earth and where they are found. And I always admired my mother’s beautiful jewelry collection. After graduating from college, I knew that I needed to follow my passion and attend GIA to learn more about gemstones. There I earned my Graduate Gemologist. After completing the program, I came back to Minnesota and gained jewelry industry experience in sales roles as well as in corporate retail merchandising. Patrick and I met in 2005, got married in 2006, and slowly we started creating jewelry in our downtime. We knew we were on to something and in 2013 we really began to focus on our jewelry as something larger than a hobby.
Why did you become a designer?
We love the creation process – from idea and imagination to a finished piece. We love knowing that our ideas made into jewelry are worn and given to celebrate the beauty of life.
What influences your collection and style?
We are from Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. We live by a lake and are inspired by water and nature. Water and waves play an especially large role in our designs – sometimes subtly, and other times as a focal point.
What does your collection mean to you?
We help others celebrate life events and our work brings joy. The giving of jewelry to commemorate a special time in someone’s life such as an engagement, the birth of a child or a special birthday – our jewelry marks and is a remembrance of these times.
What do you hope customers feel/ take away from your jewelry collection?
We hope customers feel the passion and love that goes into creating our jewelry. We create each piece one at a time – no two pieces are ever the same. Each piece of our jewelry is as unique as the person who wears it.
What brought you to partner with Robert Goodman Jewelers?
We met Bob and Rose-Marie at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. We enjoyed sharing stories with each other of our histories with jewelry. And it was an absolute delight that Bob and Rose-Marie could see our passion for making each piece come through in our jewelry.
Is there any other information you would like to share about yourself or your collection?
We are artists working together on every single piece we create. One rule we have – if we don’t both love it, it doesn’t happen. We are both gemologists (we both studied at the Gemological Institute of America), so we are both are very discerning when it comes to choosing gemstones for our jewelry pieces. But we both have to fall in love with a gem in order to use it in our jewelry. And we brainstorm and use design elements from one another to create in the end what we believe to be the most beautiful design. We both come up with ideas and draw the designs, I do the CAD work, and Patrick casts the gold, does the jewelry bench work, and sets the gems. We work well together by having our own areas of technical expertise, and ultimately the best of both of us comes out in our work.