Open Heart Warrior by Mary Caroline

meet the heart behind OHW

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 Mary Caroline Cruz is a Los Angeles based jewelry designer. A free spirited yogini, lover of nature, animals, music, arts, culture, & new-age beliefs. Her creative soul continues to grow and evolve with time, life experiences, and self-realization. This is evident in her designs.

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 Mary started designing jewelry in 2004 called, MC2 Designs with wire wrapping and beading techniques. It was the same passion for her then but a different world for Mary as she had a store front in Beverly Hills and found inspiration from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood working with multiple stylists, editors, and high-profile clients, earning her recognition as the go-to designer for custom jewelry.
As a result, Mary's work has been featured in publications, including: LUCKY, Seventeen, 944, L.A Direct, GenLux, Glitter (one of Japan's leading fashion magazines) and more. Hollywood starlets such as Vanessa Williams, Paris Hilton, and Hayden Panettiere have been photographed by paparazzi's wearing her jewelry that were printed in tabloid magazines. In addition, Mary was also contracted to custom design pieces for the 2006-'07 music tours of singing divas Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. In 2007, Jessica Alba personally contacted Mary to custom design pieces for her movie Lionsgates' "Good Luck Chuck", marking Mary's debut on the silver screen. Mary also made an impact on the small screen, providing cast members such as Mischa Barton & Rachel Bilson for FOX's hit television show, "The OC" for two seasons. Other shows included CBS's hit show, "The Ghost Whisperer" where Mary supplied jewelry for non other than Jennifer Love Hewitt.
A giver then and now, This grateful & humble designer gave back to the community when possible & has donated proceeds to the Make-A-Wish foundation, What A Pair for Breast Cancer and other non-profit organizations.
In 2008 Mary started losing her wholesale accounts as each one of the 30 stores she was in nationwide started to go out of business because of the economy. This resulted in Mary closing her store and her showrooms in NY & then L.A. At 27 years young, Mary thought her career as a jewelry designer was over. But the Universe always found ways to bring her love for jewelry design and connecting with people to the front of her mind. An example of this is when Mary got a call from out of the blue in 2009 and was invited to custom design a collection of jewelry for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
​Mary then found herself working many hats in the fashion/retail industry from buying to management and events. In her journey she also experienced some personal struggles and yearned to heal from this which led her to the world of Angels, Deities, Crystal Magic, Reiki and Yoga-- Mary's new sources of inspiration! This also led to Mary working as a retail manager for YogaWorks, El Segundo surrounding herself with like-minded individuals, dreamers and doers that inspired her. And the fire she had for creating was rekindled.
Mary then left her last salary position job to moonlight as a sales rep for multiple brands in the yoga industry. She worked yoga festivals and exhibits helping other's with their dreams including working PT as a production assistant to a fine jewelry designer where she found out about the amazing world of lostwax jewelry design.
After 5 years of trying to figure it out. Mary's journey landed her back to her love of jewelry design and entrepreneurship. And her true calling could no longer be denied.
As she discovered “The Lost Wax” jewelry making technique in 2014, she felt as if her stars have aligned. INLOVE with the process of dripping wax and carving it down to an original design, the skill broadened her creative world and she will never be the same. Mary's imagination is running wild with new inspiration from her new life and there is no limit to what this designer can and will create.
Back to pursuing her dream, her passion. Mary only hopes that her jewelry shows a reflection of who she is now. And somehow empower women to find and connect with the goddess, wild woman energy that is within each and every one of us.
with Badass Yogi & Good Friend Riva G
with Shiny Soul & Good Friend Dawn @monkeymix

Please join us as we journey with Mary in her new chapter and introduce to you, Open Heart Warrior by Mary Caroline Artisan Jewelry-- a fashion forward, feminine, yet strong, jewelry with intention that has the basis to INSPIRE an Open Heart, EMPOWER your arrow, which is your being, and to CONNECT.
with MaryBeth La Rue & Jacki Carr the inspiring ladies behind