Mark and Carla


Mark and Carla Mead
Black Mountain Jewelry Company
P.O. Box 15213
Rio Rancho, NM 87124-0213

928 245 9642

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Meet the Designers

Mark S. Mead

"I hope our customers enjoy the custom jewelry I create for them and are reminded of the two things that are most love life and family."

  • Artisan jewelry designer and experienced technician
  • 34 years in the jewelry industry
  • Associate of Arts, Jewelry Manufacturing, Paris Institute of Technology, Paris,Texas (1980).
  • Co-owned retail store with his brothers in Bisbee, AZ. Sourced and cut native turquoise and other stones (1974-1979)
  • Jeweler and Stone-Setter for jewelry manufacturing companies such as Prince Jewelry Co. (Baltimore,MD), Maui Gold Manufacturers (Maui, Hawaii), and Cornelis Hollander Designs, an award winning jewelry designer in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Co-founded Black Mountain Jewelry Co. in September 2005. Applies expertise in all phases of jewelry manufacture to handcraft heirloom-quality semi-custom and custom jewelry.
  • While most jewelry companies concentrate on metal work and stone setting, Mark also applies his skills as an expert lapidary artist to creat unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.


Carla Vaughn-Mead

"Modern, abstract jewelry doesn't appeal to me. I like to see the evidence of the hand of the artist in their work and strive for that in my own."

  • 18 years experience in art and jewelry business, including eight years as the Buyer for Beadbox, Inc. an International mail order bead catalog.
  • Experienced with all aspects of mail order.
  • Experienced with importing, exporting and sourcing of materials
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and sculpture, MJSA, Rutgers University.
  • Brings artistic and business background to Black Mountain Jewelry Co.



Mark Melting Gold


Carla Wire Wrapping

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