Mia was born in Bosnia, and raised Croatian. She received a BFA in metals and jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001, then moved to New York City to continue her exploration in metal and jewelry design. This evolved into a jewelry design career with Liz Clairborne, Tory Burch and others. During this time, she maintained her studio practice and in 2007, she launched her own jewelry line. She still lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.