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Style Q & A: Mariana "Mini" Hay

December 2016
Style Q & A: Mariana "Mini" Hay
The jewelry designer behind the Goldbug Collection (who’s also a fourth-generation staffer at Croghan’s Jewel Box) shares her fun-loving style

Q Tell us about the Goldbug Collection’s latest pieces.
A This year, we introduced the “Goldbug Crest Collection.” Carved into metal, the bugs look like fossilized creatures. One of my favorite pieces is the “Lovebug Heart Pendant,” because we donate 10 percent of proceeds to HEART, a local nonprofit dedicated to adults with special needs. The newest one is the “Love Train Bracelet,” featuring a boogie train of bugs!

Q Can you share a few Christmas-list items?
A
Nicholas Kirkwood’s ”Casati Pearl Loafers,” which are so fitting for my work at Croghan’s; Edie Parker’s ”Trunk Clutch,” personalized with my name; and I always ask for a teacup pig, but I don’t really think that’s in the cards. (These are all big wishes, Santa!)

Q What do you look for in winter outerwear?
A
I love bright or pastel-colored wool coats. They bring a little spring to the cold of winter. J.Crew has a whole rainbow of colors; I like the "Majesty Peacoat" in "soft mint."

Q Is there a garment you can’t live without this time of year?
A
I always bring a colorful scarf that can adapt to the weather and be a makeshift wrap. I work with my mom, sister, and aunt, and we all have an obsession with scarves—people think it’s a uniform we wear. I collect them from all over, but my favorites are by Hermès.

Q What are your own most treasured pieces of jewelry?
A
All those that have been handed down to me, including the sapphire ring my grandmother gave my mom for her 16th birthday and that my mom gave me for mine. I also adore the bangle my dad gifted me when I left for college at Clemson; inside, it says, “Remember who you are.”

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