I’m excited to share my first brand spotlight of 2023: Grateful Maria! Grateful Maria is a collection of fine jewelry created by Lorena Gloden. Lorena grew up in Colombia and now resides in Northwest Ohio. For years Lorena would receive compliments and inquiries about where the jewelry she was wearing was from and that sparked the idea for Grateful Maria, a brand centered around Colombian jewelry.
All of the beautiful jewelry is handmade by artisans in Colombia. The jewelry is made from 24k gold plated over brass with either quartz, Swarovski crystals, or stones, pearls, or raw Colombian emeralds (moralla). Lorena visits her family in Colombia throughout the year and always makes a point to visit with and develop a relationship with her artisans. And I love that. I think when brands establish a relationship with the artists and make a point to connect with them, it just makes the brand experience so much more beautiful, not only for the brand owner, but for the customer too.
I’m thrilled to be styling this beautiful pearl and agate necklace, a new piece in the collection. It’s the perfect piece to transition my wardrobe to spring. I love that it’s classic in style, but also has that pop of color that brightens up any outfit. This necklace is very lightweight so it’s extremely comfortable to wear. I styled this necklace with a favorite Lilly Pulitzer blouse and white skinny jeans, but it would look equally stunning styled with a navy cocktail dress, a classic pantsuit, or a sundress. I know this will be a piece I will treasure and perhaps one day pass down to Lilly!
Grateful Maria does do custom orders, as well as private showings and special events (currently, this is limited to the Perrysburg, Ohio area). For pricing and for more information about the jewelry, be sure to reach out to Lorena on Instagram!