BC: Do you ever dream about jewelry? If so, do you have a dream you’d like to share?
MB: Are you kidding! Of course, constantly! I was on vacation recently in Mexico and was dreaming about a vintage charm piece that I was working on. I was so excited about what it is going to look like, it always makes me happy.
BC: What or who inspires you? What gives you creative energy?
MB: I would not say that any one thing or one person inspires me, I love gemstones and pearls and really I get inspired by them. I have one friend who has great style; her name is Carolyn Farb and she is an icon here in Houston and godmother to my daughter. She has been my muse for my line. It always makes me so happy when she wears my pieces for her Christmas cards or photos. Recently she wore about 10 of my necklaces for one photo and she looked amazing. I would never have imagined to combine them in that way, but she did and the look was outstanding.
BC: “Real Jewelry for Real Women” is your tag line/motto. How did you decide on using it?
MB: I got really sick or seeing all this fake stuff out there. I know that women want to wear nice things and believe in wearing real items. Then I thought rather than create items for the model that really does not exist, I would create items for real women to wear.
BC: If someone wanted to go into a creative field, what one piece of advice would you give them?
MB: Make sure you also learn the business too! It is not enough to be creative and be successful. You need to also really understand the business behind it.
BC: Do you have a favorite stone that you like to work with?
MB: Yes absolutely. I love, love, love the color of Peruvian Amonzonite…it is this deep blue that just looks amazing! The color lights you up and it has the same color gradient as turquoise but appears to have a luminescent tinge to it.
BC: How would you describe your jewelry?
MB: Jewelry that’s very wearable and can help you create a jewelry wardrobe.
BC: Do any of the pieces you’ve created have a story–were they inspired by friends or family? MB: Yes, I certainly do have pieces that were created by stories, mostly from friends who have inspired me along the way.
BC: Is there any celebrity in the entire world who you’d love to wear your things?
MB: Great question! I have always loved Nicole Kidman, probably because she lives in the USA and is Australian.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.