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Jewelry Designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire Chats With CBB!

11/04/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

Jennifer Meyer Maguire

Why wear your heart on your sleeve, when you could wear it around your neck for all the world to see!

Celebrity moms are doing just that – paying homage to their children with letter and nameplate necklaces by jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire.

A celebrity mom, herself (daughter Ruby Sweetheart is turning 3 next week, and Otis Tobias is 5 ½ months), Jennifer credits her happy home life with husband Tobey Maguire for the professional success she has enjoyed in recent years.

Celebrity Baby Blog recently chatted with Jennifer about her family-of-four, carrying on a family tradition of her own and her “crazy quest” to turn visions into a reality.

Click below to read the interview.

What was the inspiration behind your initial and nameplate necklaces?

Everybody loves a piece of jewelry that represents something or someone they love. The nameplates and letter necklaces were a wonderful way to represent people in your life that you love — children, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.

Was jewelry design something you always knew you wanted to pursue?

I have amazing memories of making jewelry with my grandma who was an artist and jewelry designer. When I was six years old, she began teaching me about jewelry making and it was something we loved doing together.

Can you walk us through your creative process?

I try to be in tune to the world around me for things that might provide inspiration. If something catches my eye, we’ll make a mold. We go through a dozen samples before the actual piece matches what I pictured in my mind. I make everyone crazy in this quest to create the perfect version of whatever it is I’m designing.

What do you feel sets your line apart?

My main focus is to create jewelry for the everyday woman, whether she works from home or in an office or whether she’s a full-time mom or someone who’s always entertaining. I try to make a little something for everyone.

Any plans in the works to design a jewelry line for moms on a budget?

It’s something I think about often and certainly plan to do in the future.

If a mom were going to splurge on one piece of jewelry, what would you recommend?

I try to design all my jewelry to be sentimental — and with special meaning. But if I were to recommend a piece for a new Mom, it would definitely be the diamond letter necklaces. They are timeless and can be layered as you add to your family!

Jennifer Meyer Jewelry Initial Necklace; Nameplate Necklace

What’s your secret for balancing family with a successful career?

I’m a firm believer that you have to put your family first. If your family is getting the love and the attention they need, everything else in your life will run smoothly.

This summer we reported on Tobey’s involvement with the effort to make school lunches healthier. What attracted you both to this initiative? And what other causes are important to you as a couple?

To our understanding, a majority of food served in lunch programs is not that healthy, which can be detrimental to the physical and mental development of our children. Setting our children up for healthy eating habits can serve them well for a lifetime. Tobey reached out to Nancy Pelosi to garner her support for this initiative, so we’re hopeful that changes will be made in our school system that will hopefully set up healthy habits for a lifetime.

We’re also very involved with a charity called Service Nation, which promotes involvement in community outreach and volunteerism. For example, Sept. 11th has now been made a National Day of Service.

We were in Seattle on Sept 11th this year and found a local outlet where we could serve the community. We distributed backpacks to children in low-income neighborhoods and Tobey was also able to read books to a class of second graders. So no matter where you are, there is always an opportunity to give back to your community with the help of Service Nation.

Our readers would love an update on Ruby and Otis! How is Ruby adjusting to being a big sister? Any new milestones to report?

Ruby is almost three and just started preschool, which is hard to believe. Luckily she loves her brother and thinks he’s one of her little baby dolls. When Otis starts crying she walks over to him and says, “It’s okay Otis, your big sister is right here.”

Otis is almost six months old. He is such a lover, he just smiles at everyone he meets and it seriously melts my heart. And really, there is nothing better in the world then seeing both my babies together. Otis is the happiest when he is with Ruby.

What do you enjoy most about being a mom?

That’s a hard question. There’s nothing I don’t love, even the sleepless nights believe it or not! I do have to say that I always knew I wanted to be a mom but nobody can ever explain how much love you actually have inside of you until you have kids. It’s a pretty incredible feeling.

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Donna on

I always enjoy pictures of this family on the CBB website. Ruby is at an adorable age and is adorable. Much good fortune to them all.

Annie on

Oh my gosh, this interview made me love her! She seems so smart, down to earth, and sweet–plus her kids are SO cute! :)

Lily on

Jennifer Meyer Maguire is beautiful and extremely talented. Wearing a piece of her jewelry is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit-dressy or casual! It would be wonderful if she made affordable pieces in her collection that mothers who like myself love beautiful..quality pieces and are on a very tight budget:)

XOXO on

She sounds so sweet! I love her jewelry and I want that diamond letter with my daughter initial so bad!!! lol

Such a cute idea!

BTW, Ruby and Otis are adorable!

Lola on

That is a great picture of her… so pretty :)

eva on

Her family seems so cute and content on photographs but I like her as an individual now.She sounds inspired and driven.I would definetely buy her budget-friendly jewelry!

Marisela on

I´m a peruvian girl, congrats to you… I enjoy pictures of you family Tobey, Ruby and Otis… so cute!!! this interview made me love her!!!! kisses for Otis and Ruby…

sweetcandy on

I really love them!!!Ruby and Otis are so sweet…They’re the best famiy in Hollywood…I think they’re really in love…Jennifer is such a down to earth person…Congrats to her for her new jewellery line…and to her amazing family

I♥CBB on

I ♥ Jennifer Meyer Maguire jewelry! I can’t wait until I have a baby of my own and get one of her initial necklaces for my little girl. It’ll be a nice present from my husband!!! :)

Jessica on

Her jewelry is so beautiful but so expensive. Especially if you have more than one child!

Brandi on

Love her pieces. I have one of the leaf necklaces that she is wearing in the photo, it was a present from my parents when I graduated from graduate school four years ago. It’s really gorgeous.

Nina on

Hands down my favorite celeb mom! She didn’t have to really do much, her dads a big studio exec and grew up in a very hollywood lifestyle… her jewelry line is amazing, she seems very down to earth, a great mom and helps so much in the community!
I just love her! :)

Sammy-xx on

Such a beautiful family, I couldnt help but get a big grin on my face when she talked about Ruby comforting Otis.
I love her jewelery and hope to one day get a knecklace.

Traci on

What an adorable picture of her….

Elle on

She seems so down-to-earth when she talks about her children and her work with Service Nation. It was nice to hear that her passion for jewelry comes from her childhood and that her grandmother taught her to make jewelry. I had always thought she was successful only because of her lucky Hollywood connections so it’s nice to know she isn’t just one of those celebrities that markets a line but doesn’t have much knowledge or input in the design. Her jewelry is beautiful and classic, although some of it is a tad overpriced ($1500 for a plain gold locket and it doesn’t even have any diamonds??!!!) I wish I could afford the diamond initial necklace with my baby girl’s initial!!

Emaline on

She sounds like she’s got a great head on her shoulders! I would LOVE to see new pics of both kiddos!

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