About Formia Design

Swedish Born. Goldsmith. Designer. Mother of two.About Goldsmith Mia van Beek and how she started- Formia®Design truly handmade jewelry created with traditionally by a goldsmith

About Formia Design; Creating and designing has always been a huge part of Mia’s life. Owning her own jewelry business specializing in designing custom jewelry has allowed for Mia to been able to fulfill her passion for creativity. Trained by the most respected masters in Sweden, Mia’s technical knowledge is vast and her modern design aesthetic is sure to please any client interested in updated and current trends in jewelry. Mia’s work is truly one of a kind and timeless.

Redesign and repairs;

In addition to designing and making custom jewelry, Mia is also experienced in jewelry repairs, redesigns, and reconstruction of pieces from clients’ antique and heirloom jewels. Mia also replicates any of her designs you fall in love with on the website. Jewelry not currently in stock is made to order. Whether you are looking for a brand new piece or would like to redesign and update your heirloom jewelry, you can rest assured that your experience at Formia Design will be positive and your custom designed jewelry will be elegant and breathtaking!

Worldwide;

Every day is a new day for learning new things in her second language and new ways to run her business. Like any mother, Mia is still working on getting her work and business in perfect harmony with raising two small children, but enjoys the responsibilities of being a mother to both her kids and business. She is excited to see what the future has in store for Formia Design in the USA and, with the help of the internet, all around the world!

Education and Experience:
  • 1988-1991 Jewelry School in Sweden, Dackeskolan in Mjolby
  • 1992 Journeyman Diploma
  • 1996 Goldsmith Master’s Degree
  • 1997 Degree in Design at College of Arts in Linkoping
  • 2001 Set up my own business Formia Design in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2004 Received Best New Designer of the Year award at Stockholm Jewelry Show
  • 2004 Established Formia Design LLC in Virginia, USA

Our Studio

Collage of jewelry being handmade, about formia design and the artisan tecniques behind it. “Mia is a certified master goldsmith trained in the traditional jewelry making techniques of Europe. Through a labor-intensive process using hand tools, she captures the warmth and detail of the original artwork, while also ensuring the piece is structurally strong — guaranteed to last a lifetime. She uses only solid precious metals and genuine gemstones in her pieces. We are able to hand make a totally custom, high quality piece and mail it from our Virginia-based studio in under two weeks.”

     Polishing is the finishing step of the making of our jewelry, traditional jewelry tecniques in use The jewelrs saw is the most important part in our making, ALL of our products are made by nad and cut with these saws, Jewelry studio fully equipt Soldering bails and other parts to the artwork to create the jewelry style needed for the order.Mia sawingstone setting small imageMia at bench workingring ready for assamble in studio

Mia van Beek at workbench   Mia soldering and handsawing in studio  Mia melting gold      smelting

How it started…ms sharon first earrings first key chain

The idea of using children’s drawings to make jewelry was born in 2008 when Mia van Beek was trying to think of a gift for her daughter’s preschool teacher. Being a master goldsmith, making a piece of jewelry was an obvious choice for Mia, but she also wanted that gift to involve her daughter. She asked her three-year-old to sit down and draw a nice picture that Mommy could make into earrings for the teacher. Moments later the little girl proudly held up her paper exclaiming, “There! Pretty earrings for Ms. Sharon.” Mia took the pencil scribbles and transformed them into sterling silver earrings, which Ms. Sharon is still wearing, eight years later.

Reaction from parents of the other preschoolers was so positive that Mia decided to make a prototype titanium key chain from another drawing and submit it to Cool Mom Picks, a website featuring special, fun products for parents. The key chain was featured in their Father’s Day issue, and the rest is history!

We have since been featured on the Today Show, the DIY Network, and in various magazines and online publications. Our products have expanded from pendants and keychains into a wide variety of jewelry types and metal keepsakes. But we still take pains to make each piece totally perfect; our handmade process is a time-consuming labor of love. It is truly our privilege to make special gifts from your children’s artwork.

Recycled

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The Harmony Story

From Our vendor and source of metals: Hoover & Strong is the Responsible and Ethical Source for Jewelers!

Since our early beginnings in 1912 as a platinum metal refiner, we have always provided socially and environmentally-responsible products and services to the jewelry industry.

Hoover & Strong manufactures over 30,000 eco-friendly jewelry products, all Made in the USA with Harmony Recycled Precious Metals, all of which carry the certification of recycled content from SCS Global Services. In 2009, Hoover & Strong became the first jewelry manufacturer to be independently certified by SCS Global Services for the recycled content of its Harmony Precious Metal products. We are audited every year by SCS and are very proud to have received the renewal certification every year since then!

From mill products to finished bridal jewelry, our jewelers have the opportunity to create the most responsible and beautiful, eco-friendly jewelry using our Harmony brand of jewelry products!

Two Ways to Make Responsible Metal Choices:

Hoover & Strong customers have the option of purchasing responsible jewelry products made from Harmony Recycled Metals OR purchasing products made from Harmony FAIRMINED gold and silver. While choosing recycled Harmony Recycled Metals is the easiest and most eco-friendly choice for our customers, choosing the FAIRMINED source is a responsible alternative that positively impacts thousands of artisanal miners, their families and their communities that are in need.