If you aren’t familiar with Mariana, then let me formally introduce you. Mariana jewelry, named after the designer, was started in 1997. For over 20 years, Mariana has fashioned jewelry that is absolutely stunning. Her creative ability to use beautiful Swarovski crystal, some that are new and some that are over 100 years old, with a mixture of unexpected materials are simply amazing. As a finishing touch to all of her wonderful inspirations, they are plated in silver or gold (and are nickel -free with the exception of the yellow gold finish). Now (enter drum roll please) they have black plating. Talk about a whole new look, and I’m pretty obsessed with it.
My first encounter with Mariana was at our location in Jefferson City, MO. My mother-in-law, Jera, helped me choose my first set. Even though that was almost 8 years ago it still looks brand new. The colors are breath-taking. Deep jewel tones of green, orange, fuchsia and turquoise are quite the combination. My favorite pieces are pictured. They are two bracelets I wear together that are so different in size and style, yet compliment each other so perfectly. After that, I was hooked. Now I have several collections, in which I can play dress up in or at least feel like it now that I’m a grown adult.
I asked Jera why she loves Mariana so much. I mean, we have a had a huge case bursting at the seams for quite a while now so I KNOW she loves it. Her biggest reason was the color. The colors are so striking, you can almost get lost in them. It’s that moment when you realize you have been looking at a piece of jewelry for longer than the normal time and it gets a little awkward. But hey, how can you stop looking when there is so much detail! The second reason she loves it is because she gets compliments no matter what she is wearing. If she is completely decked out, someone notices. If she just has on a bracelet, someone notices. It’s fun to share something beautiful with others! She said that’s why she wears it on her days off. I laughed out loud because I can’t remember the last time when she took a day off. Ohhh… busy, Jera!
After selling Mariana jewelry at Good and Perfect Gifts for several years now, we have noticed our top sellers. First, the overall favorite is the Guardian Angel collection. Most of our customers get these as gifts. The inspiration for this design makes them special. Mariana, herself, quotes, “A wise person once said, ‘I believe in angels—that they’re always hovering near, whispering encouragement whenever clouds appear, protecting us from danger and showing us the way, performing little miracles within our lives each day.’” When people give these, they are giving more than just a piece of jewelry. They are giving a message of love and care for another person. I always get the warm fuzzies when I sell one because of that very reason. The guardian angel can come in almost any color and finish and will be the go-to item when you want to give more than a gift.
The Mariana bracelets are the second piece that we have noticed sells quite a bit. I believe it’s because they are easy to wear, and they look great with anything. You can dress them up or you can dress them down. The best part is that you can layer those babies up! We have customers that put three big ones on like it’s no big deal to be dripping in jewel candy. For people like me, who like the simpler side of things, you can layer a few small ones and still feel like it’s not overkill for your personality.
The punch line of it all is this—we can special order anything! If you like everything about a particular bracelet except its silver finish. We can fix it and order that exact bracelet in whatever finish your heart desires. If you like the jewel design but not the color of the jewels. We can fix it and order it in whatever color your heart desires. The options are endless. From our experience, there are not very many jewelry lines that can commit to that. Mariana delivers in a big way. Just another reason we stand behind their jewelry.
Maybe I have beat a dead horse, but we truly do love this line. Like I said in the previous blog, we are sold on the products we present to you. We want you to know what made us love them so you know we aren’t just throwing random things in your face hoping to get a sale. We believe in Mariana. We hope you will too!