About Me

Hello! I’m Marie, the tea fuelled jewellery designer behind Little Magpye. I’m the founder, owner, lead designer, head maker, workshop cleaner, packer, postie and tea girl at Little Magpye. With a little help and lots of support from my wonderful husband and daughter (aka Miss Magpye), I am Little Magpye. The story of Little Magpye began over 30 years ago in the early 1990s. Three decades and a parallel career in web design later, my passion for it is just as strong.

I firmly believe jewellery should be worn rather than kept hidden away in a jewellery box awaiting a special occasion. I love to create unique jewellery for those who like something a little bit different, and my designs and materials are as varied as my customers.

I live and work in the seaside town of South Shields on the beautiful North East coast of England. From the most expensive gemstone necklace to the most affordable pair of charm earrings, all of my jewellery is designed and made by me here in my home studio.

I love to chat to and get to know my customers and like-minded folk, so do come and say hello at an offline event or come and find me on social media, I’m @littlemagpye on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Marie at one of her favourite places, Ullswater in the Lake District, Cumbria. Photo by Eleanor Lowdon.

What’s In A Name?

More than a few people over the years have suggested that I’ve misspelt ‘magpie’. It’s not a typo, it’s deliberate.

The business name Little Magpye came about in 2013 after many hours of pouring over potential names and putting random things about me together when I wanted to create a brand for the jewellery I’d been making and selling since my teens – it’s a combination of my initials, MAG, and the thing I spent most of my spare cash on at that time, my daughter’s beautiful Piebald cob horse, Pye.

It seemed the obvious choice, magpies allegedly like shiny things, after all, we have several that frequent our yarden regularly, and purple, green and blue are my three favourite colours! And it’s quirky, just like me. Pye was joined by a little ‘brother’ Arthur, a Dales pony, in 2020. We sadly lost Pye to old age in October 2021 at the grand old age of 29, but he will live on in our hearts and memories as well as my business name.

1992 – 2021
Arthur, Miss Magpye & Pye
Born 2019