More than 75 members and guests of Kent

Laura Nethken Published:

More than 75 members and guests of Kent State Universitys Friends of Fashion gathered at the Congress Lake Country Club in Hartville recently for the groups annual meeting. They were privileged to have jewelry designer Dr. Maria Jose Pujana, on hand at their meeting.

She had her new pieces on display which were made up of precious and semi-precious stones.Guests were able to have a close look at the treasures; many of them trying on the necklaces and bracelets to see the elegance and beauty the jewels added to their outfits.

Models strolled among the guests showing a few more pieces. What took my eye was an ivory pendant.She was able to get the ivory from an elderly collector, who had collected many pieces of ivory before the law became effective.

Maria Jose Pujana, affectionately known as Marise by her friends, was born in Spain, but spent most of her childhood in Colombia, South America. She received her medical degree from La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, located in Spain, specializing in clinical neurology and neurophysiology.

Maria moved to the United States 11 years ago and is an active member on the advisory committee of the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is also an active member of a Spanish cultural group, Mesa Espanola, an organization that deals with drug and alcohol dependency among Hispanics.

Her extensive travels have taken her throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Her admiration of Latin American culture and art, and her fascination with oriental design is readily apparent in her exclusive jewelry designs.

Her jewelry will be on display April 8, 9, and 10 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood.

Maria enjoys cooking and flamenco dancing, as well as painting and singing. She is the mother of two sons.

On hand for this event was Marguerite Harris, who is the curator of costumes at the KSU museum. Marguerite had just returned from a fantastic trip to South America.

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