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Sometimes less is more – and nowhere is that maxim truer than in Jennifer Meyer Jewelry's simple, delicate designs. Launched in 2005 and born out of Jennifer Meyer Maguire's lifelong love of jewelry making, the collection features white, yellow and rose 18-karat gold pieces in straightforward yet stunning styles. (Think necklaces with pave diamond initial pendants, and minimalist gold stick earrings). Best yet, the pieces – all made by hand in Maguire’s native Los Angeles – are designed with the busy woman in mind. As the mother of two young children (with husband Tobey Maguire), Maguire understands the importance of wear-everywhere pieces that are perfect for layering and easily go from day to night. It's no wonder, then, that super-chic celebs (and Maguire pals) like Jennifer Anniston and Courtney Cox are fans. Maguire calls her designs "timeless and classic." We call them genius.
How would you describe your personal style?
I grew up in Los Angeles -- I was born and raised in Malibu, practically on the beach. So [my style] is as relaxed as I can get away with. I do find myself getting exciting when I come to a place like New York, because I get to wear my boots and my jeans and utilize my coats. But in L.A., I'm usually in a dress and flip-flops.
What's your closet like?
I'm mildly organized. Everything is separated by style: skirts are together, pants are together, jackets are together. I just try to make everything as accessible as possible. I always find that I'm in a rush, and that I never really have time to get dressed. So I try to make it so that I can see everything.
How do you organize your personal jewelry collection?
I have to tell you, I absolutely love what you designed [the clos-ette too... Travel Jewelry Case]. I think it's genius, and I've started to use it for so many things. I love it, love it, love it. That's a good way of organizing, so nothing gets tangled or scratched. I also love buying plastic containers at the drug store or Container Store. I have a big drawer full of them, and I put rings in one, bracelets in another. I think the best way to organize your necklaces at home is to have a horizontal row of hooks hanging on your wall.
How is the vibe of your jewelry designs reflected in your wardrobe?
I design my jewelry for the everyday woman – things you don't need to change very much. I find myself wearing the same jewelry for weeks on end – I shower in it, I live in it, and I sort of feel the same way about my clothes. I love to have an outfit, like an easy dress, I can drop my daughter off at school in, I can go to work, and if I have a dinner that I have to go to, I can keep the same dress on and throw a little jean jacket on and a pair of heels.Besides your own jewelry, what are some of your other favorite accessories?
The jewelry my grandmother gave me. It's not that she had the fanciest jewelry, she just had the most amazing taste. Everything from this large, golden lapis ring that I love and where wherever I'm traveling, to this beautiful pearl ring of hers that I wear on a chain. She just had the most magnificent taste.
What pieces will you never get rid of?
I've got pieces still from high school that I absolutely love. I have this one pair of combat boots that I got in ninth grade, and I still wear them. I have to tell you, I have a 17 year old sister who is probably the coolest person I know on the planet, and the other day she walked into my closet and saw the boots. She was like "Oh my god, can I please borrow these?" and I told her she could borrow them indefinitely". It was a huge compliment that she would want to wear anything at all of mine, and I was happy I kept the boots! I have a bunch of pieces like that that I would never get rid of.
Do you have a hard time getting rid of things?I don't do an overhaul often, but we just moved and I probably got rid of half of my closet. It was easy, and it feels good to get rid of stuff and 'clean house'. Except, I still hang on to my sentimental pieces.
Whose closet would you raid if you could?
That's a really good question. Probably my grandmother's closet in the 1950's. If I had to choose someone now, it would be my 17-year old sister, Carson. She takes the cake.