Tragedy Can Be a Downer or It Can Be an Inspiration with a Silver Lining– a Jewelry Collection!
With a hip, trendy and sometimes irreverent urban aesthetic and a passion-driven purpose, Type AG has its sights set on inspiring others.. one silver ring at a time.
Mark Strelau offers some insight and inspirations about his flagship line along with his unique path in the dental industry that fueled his ability to become a jewelry designer. With less than a month left in his Kickstarter.com campaign leveraging the innovative crowdfunding approach (a compelling news angle unto itself), time is of the essence to get the word out about Mark, his jewelry line and his desire to connect with people who understand that we are all connected and that someone (Mark Strelau) wants to strength in that connection and motivation for others to connect via this jewelry line. It’s a symbolic connection inspired by a time when the family connection due to a health crisis within his family.
Your company name—what does it mean or represent?
The name is pegged to the element abbreviation for Silver, which is AG. My 100% sterling silver rings are bold, unique, and truly encompass different personality types while being a symbol of motivation and perseverance.
How did you learn to work with silver as a medium and to design jewelry?
For the past 14 years, I’ve been creating dental crowns and veneers in a laboratory. I must say, it’s actually been very rewarding to know how many new smiles came from my work. However, since the age of 13 my aspiration has always been to create a business in which I can inspire people to make a better life for themselves, their family, friends, and all the people around them. It’s just how I’m wired.
For years I toyed with the idea of making rings. Using the same processes that I use in the dental laboratory, I started to create designs, but ended up putting the endeavor on hold because I couldn’t find a direction that meant something to me.
What ultimately inspired you to press forward with Type AG?
In 2011, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. To spend some meaningful time together, my family decided to take our very first vacation together. It was during that trip that, as we sat on a beach, we were approached by a woman selling trinkets. My dad purchased 4 identical necklaces in the shape of an ‘ohm,’ which was for good luck.
As I reflected on what was happening within my family, the extraordinarily important time we were spending together, and this necklace that now symbolized the entire experience, I realized this was the purpose I had been searching for. Just as my necklace purchased that day at the beach serves as a reminder of a very important aspect of my life, others can now find that same comfort and inspiration with my new line of symbolic silver rings.
What fuels your passion for your designs and your business, Type AG, overall?
My desire and life goal has always been to do something amazing for humanity since, as I’ve met such a wide variety of people over the years, I’ve come to realize that it only takes a little bit of inspiration to push someone to achieve their goals. Ultimately, I believe, we are all one step away from accomplishing amazing things in life, and I’m honored to be a part of someone’s journey.
Tell me about some of your inaugural ring designs.
The “Together Til the End” design was one of the first rings I ever created. Because of the skeleton some people might think it’s only for a specific type of person or personality but, for me, it symbolizes being close with friends, family, or anyone meaningful in my life. I have a lot of family and friends that live very far away, so this ring is a reminder to myself that they’re always with me, supporting me, and that our connection runs deep and will never be lost.
Some might only see the “Driven” design as a simple tire, but it carries much deeper meaning. Most people have goals in line and often find it difficult to surpass hurdles encountered along the way. This ring is my reminder to keep your eyes on the prize, to not lose focus in any aspect in life, and to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. What are you “Driven” to accomplish?
This “Free” butterfly is for both men and women, and represents freedom, being a free spirit, or any other variation that works best for you. It serves as a great reminder to be yourself in any situation, live life to the fullest and, most importantly, smile during the whole process.
The “On Track” ring is suitable for a wide variety of styles and personalities for both men and women as well. It serves as a daily reminder to always make decisions that lead in the direction of your personal goals and remain committed to achieving them.
How much do the rings cost?
The line, which is crafted in 100% sterling silver, ranges in price from $120 to $165.
Do you wear your own rings?
I do wear my ring designs, and I am constantly being stopped and asked about them. It becomes a great conversation piece because the rings mean different things to different people.
Anything you would more you would like to share?
Any kind of pledge on my Kickstarter.com project page, where worthy creative endeavors get “all-or-nothing funding” from regular folks like you and me, will make a difference. Even just a $1 pledge can help make my dreams a reality by turning my creativity, ambition and heart into a jewelry design business that will beguile and benefit others. Also, be sure to check out the designs and “Like” me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TypeAG.
Please take a second to help out Mark Strelau accomplish his goal. His journey is one that’s he’s hell-bent in accomplishing something meaningful. It’s obvious he’s got the talent, let’s help him “get the party started”!
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