In 2014, Maria Ress launched Kastel Jewelry, a collection of exquisite and timeless pieces inspired after the Kastel Fortress in the Balkans.  It was continuous trips to the majestic fortress that ignited her vision to design jewelry that blended the beauty of old world elegance with modern day charm.

Born in Thessaly, Greece, Maria grew up on Chicago’s north side. During her summers spent in Northern Greece, Maria learned the business of jewelry from a family of silversmiths who were revered by the locals. Born from her love of precious and semi-precious gemstones, the Kastel collection features unique stones from exotic places such as Brazil, Sri Lanka, Africa, India, and Greece.  Each exquisite, one of a kind piece is handmade here in Chicago.

Maria is married to her high school sweetheart and has three beautiful children. She is proud to share her timeless luxury pieces with the modern woman.