Mary Margrill, Designer & Founder
It is no wonder why celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Heather Graham, Demi Moore, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes and many more flock to Mary Margrill’s jewelry. Her pieces are sublimely steeped in spirituality…they draw us in immediately with delicate design yet powerful wisdom. It is her energy — she is a super star in her own right.
Mary Margrill was raised in New York City’s artistic Greenwich Village, the child of a celebrated artist and accomplished public relations executive. It is this upbringing that laid the groundwork for her unique mix of artistic vision and business acumen. Throughout her career as a key creative for renowned international jewelry lines, Mary Margrill has traveled the world creating beautiful, imaginative and trend-setting designs. Her unique vision of elegance and style, coupled with a proven track record of designing and producing exceptional jewelry, has made Mary Margrill a sought-after commodity in the world of jewelry.
Mary’s love of art was born when she first learned to throw pots in the third grade — leading to a life-long love affair with clay, sculpture and jewelry. Mary received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont. During her college years, Mary’s sculptures were purchased by several collectors including the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for display in the foundation’s library. Mary spent a semester at San Francisco Art Institute, where she received honors for her paintings. She was then offered a prestigious position at Christie’s Auction House and returned to NYC to further her education where she received a Masters degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. In addition to her work as a fine artist, Mary perused several courses in jewelry design and manufacturing at Parsons School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, and in the years since, Mary has created designs for some of the world’s most well regarded jewelry and watch manufacturers.
In 2002, Mary founded M² by Mary Margrill (pronounced M-squared) and today (2009) has teamed up with a well established and regarded manufacturer — together, they combine beauty, spiritual meaning and the finest quality jewelry. Mary’s pieces remind us that we can trust in the positive energy of our lives and ultimately gain strength from it. Mary’s jewelry embraces a vision of universal harmony and understanding and at the same time entices us with the sparkle of diamonds and the luster of gold.
It is clear that Mary’s work is inspired by the human need both to adorn and to communicate. This is an infinite facet of civilizations originated in ancient times that will continue far beyond any time we could imagine in the future. Mary says, “It is what we think, feel and communicate that define our destinies.” As Mary says… now that’s “A conversation worth having*”.
A brief interview with Mary:
Question: Where did you get your inspiration to develop a line of spiritual jewelry?
M²: I had been making art and jewelry for years and one day it dawned on me that I had something I really wanted to share with the world. I realized that I had a desire to make a deep and profound difference in people’s lives. I figured out that when I design jewelry, I am making talisman that inspire people and remind people what they are committed to in their lives.
Question: How do you start your day?
M²: The first thing I do in the morning is I make a cup of coffee (I now limit myself to only one cup a day and then continue on with green tea after that.) Then I spend about 10 minutes downloading my mind into a journal. It could be a dream I had or what I am thinking about in the moment. Next, I meditate or chant for at least 8 minutes and after that I do some sort of reading that I can bring to the day. Not always in that order, but for sure I am not fully grounded unless I do my morning rituals.
Question: Do you have a preference for a workout routine?
M²: I mix it up between running, elliptical, Yoga, intenSati, weights, I just started Pilates.
Question: What’s your favorite piece of music?
M²: Right now it’s a CD called The Gift of Love- It’s a collection of Rumi poems set to music
Question: A lot of really famous people in Hollywood wear your pieces. How did this come about?
M²: Well, I think that being in Hollywood isn’t that easy (it’s not easy anywhere right now). But, I think what it is – is that everybody is drawn to my jewelry no matter who they are. It just turns out that the stars in Hollywood who wear my pieces tend to get photographed and shown in magazines more. They are attracted to my pieces for the same reasons we all are. They have dreams and challenges and want to find ways to stay grounded and connected to their hearts and souls. To be honest, we are all the stars of our own lives whether it’s a drama or a comedy.
Question: Who is your hero?
M²: I love Wonder Woman, Underdog, and my best friend Lauren Zander has made a (beyond) huge difference in my life. OSHO is way cool too.
Question: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
M²: Amor Vincit Omnia & I just traded in Choo for Weber this year! … Both are powerful statements for me.
Mary Margrill’s distinctive collections can be found at fine jewelers nationwide.