12 days of Gifts

The Holiday Season is in full swing and just in case you're having trouble finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, we decided to make it easy for you this year with not just 1 or 2 but 12 Days of Gifts to fit all sorts of loved ones in your life.

Here are our 12 Days of Gifts:

Day 1

12 Days of Gifts: Day 1 - Vanessa RingVanessa Ring:

Named after my sister (the nurse), the Vanessa ring is inspired by coral with a modern twist. It makes a great gift for the lady who will love an everyday statement ring!  One of our bestsellers, the Vanessa ring has received a lot of love by both oh so chic women and the press.  

Day 2

12 Days of Gifts: Day 2 - Mar CuffMar Cuff:

Mar is Spanish for Sea, the inspiration behind the Coral Collection. The Mar Cuff makes a great gift for the lady who will appreciate a versatile piece of jewelry. Whether worn with jeans and a tee, work outfit or a little black dress for an evening out, it will make the perfect gift.

Day 3

12 Days of Gifts: Day 3 - Becky Diamond NecklaceBecky Diamond Necklace:

Named after my friend of 20 years, the Becky is made for the modern lady. Becky is a mom of 2, dedicated to her faith, loves fashion and travel. Dainty, simple and great for layering, the Becky will be the gift treasured for many years. Best part is, you can customize the stone to match her favorite stone. There is nothing nicer than a personalized gift for the holidays.

Day 4

12 Days of Gifts: Day 4 - Rose Pearl StudsThe Rose Studs:

These babies are named after my mom, one of the most important people in my life. My mom loves God, helping others and lives a life full of joy and faith! These studs make the perfect gift for the woman who is in search for a simple, quality everyday stud. Have fun personalizing these studs with her favorite stone!

Day 5

12 Days of Gifts: Day 5 - NalamalaNalamalas:

Oh how I love Nalamalas! I met Natalia last year at an event and loved her spirit and jewelry. She creates beautiful malas for the yogi in your life. All handmade in NYC by Natalia, each piece is made with love and intention.

Day 6

12 Days of Gifts: Day 6 - Sisterhood CollectionSisterhood Collection:

I created the brass plated limited edition sisterhood collection for sisters and bff’s to give a gift with meaning. Each color and charm has meaning and is handmade with love and intention by yours truly. Buy this thoughtful set and give a piece to each of your girls... they will truly love it!

Day 7

12 Days of Gifts: Day 7 - Saree RingSaree Ring:

Saree is my daughter’s middle name, meaning “most noble”. It makes a great gift for the lady who loves bold jewelry. Available in silver, 14k gold and several different stones--you have many options to choose from. Best part about the Saree is you can customize the stone and create a personalized one of a kind gift that she will love.

Day 8

12 Days of Gifts: Day 8 - Maria Onyx NecklaceMaria Necklace:

Named after my funny Argentinean mother in law, it is the perfect everyday pendant necklace. Does the lady in your life love wearing the same jewelry daily? If so, the Maria will make a gift that is sure to be enjoyed for many years.

Day 9

12 Days of Gifts: Day 9 - Izzy Pearl CuffIzzy Pearl Cuff:

Oh Izzy, named after my feisty 4-year-old niece is our favorite mixed metal piece. A mix of 14k gold and oxidized silver, the Izzy cuff is a great gift for the lady who loves wearing mixed metal jewelry for a modern look.

Day 10

12 Days of Gifts: Day 10 - Soty Ear ClimbersSoty Ear Climbers:

Soty, my cousin and friend throughout my entire life. She’s a mom of 2, halloween fanatic and most generous person I know. The Soty ear climbers are our modern take on the ear climber trend. For the modern woman who enjoys trends created for long term wear, these studs are made of 14k gold, simple, dainty and handmade in NYC.

Day 11

12 Days of Gifts: Day 11 - Sammy the TurtleSammy the Turtle:

Named after my daughter’s childhood turtle, Sammy is very special piece. Turtles represent endurance, longevity, protection, innocence, strength, creation. Great gift for the special lady in your life who loves turtles and will appreciate a meaningful gift.

Day 12

12 Days of Gifts: Day 12 - Love Me Heart NecklaceLove Me Heart Necklace:

I designed the love me necklace/bracelet because hearts represent love, the most important part of being. Give the Love Me Necklace/Bracelet to the lady in your life who you love with all your heart or the lady who exudes love to others with all her being.
  That's it for our 12 Days of Gifts! Can you picture a special person for each of the above gifts?
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How Your Birthstone Can Help With Your Career


Just how well do you understand your birthstone? From the earliest of days, gemstones have been valued for their beauty and rarity. Both ancient Indians and Babylonians believed that certain gems carried strange and wonderful cosmological powers. Are you aware of your birthstone's many meanings and how it could help with your career?


January – GarnetMalaia-orange_red
  • Symbolizes friendship and trust
  • Directional guidance in the darkness
  • Ideal for frequent travelers
  • Born leader – will do well in any career where you are in charge such as high levels of an organization or in politics
  • Hardworking and productive
February – Amethystdownload
  • Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset
  • Peace, temperance, serenity, royalty
  • Provides courage
  • Creative and unconventional – difficulty with 9 to 5
  • Better suited for career in the arts
March – Aquamarinedownload (1)
  • Symbol of youth, health and hope
  • Promotes good health – thought to cure heart, liver and stomach diseases
  • Cools the temper
  • Popular and charismatic
  • Career in entertainment
April – Diamondsdownload (2)
  • Everlasting love
  • Wearers thought to carry great courage, making it possible to conquer hardships
  • Innocence and constancy
  • Ambitious and charismatic – born leader
  • Difficulty working with others – choose career where you can work alone or make most decisions for yourself
  • Suited to almost any profession
May – Emeralddownload (3)
  • Fertility, Rebirth & love
  • Perfect for mothers and future mothers
  • Wisdom, growth, patience
  • Hope
  • Intelligent and logical – business or the sciences
  • Workaholic
June – Pearldownload (4)
  • Purity, chastity, marriage
  • Increase of personal integrity & growth
  • Visionary
  • Career in arts or sciences (CEOs and Nobel Prize winners)
July – Rubiesdownload (5)
  • Love, health and wisdom
  • Most valuable
  • Strength & nobility
  • Protect wearer from evils in the world
  • Signifies love and passion while attracting good friends and good luck
  • Geniuses
  • Any career path your heart desires
August – Peridotaugust-birthstone-4
  • Power & influence – bring wearer magical powers
  • Beauty, strength, morality
  • Vocational work
  • Use hands and stay busy
September – Sapphiredownload (6)
  • Protect close ones from harm
  • Loyalty & trust
  • Shield evils that poison the body and mind
  • Intelligent, flexible, organized
  October – Opaldownload (7)
  • Faithfulness & confidence to wearers
  • Thought to guard against evil and protect eyesight
  • Capacity to be a great leader
  November – Topazdownload (8)
  • Strength and healing for both body and mind
  • Good mental health
  • Clears the mind and gets the soul to action
  • Understanding and empathetic
  • Helping professions / teaching
December – Turquoisedownload (9)
  • Promote a happy life full of good fortune
  • Peace and relaxation
  • Relieves and prevents headaches
  • Risk-taker, bored with routine
  • Any career that requires travel

Sources: American Gem Society The Hidden Meaning Behind Birthstones Infographic

Which birthstone are you? Does your stone fit your career? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Five Fall Decor Ideas to Spice Up Your Home This Season

This season is all about the balance between warm and dark colors. Now that summer has breezed on by, it’s time to cozy up and get ready for the colder months. This season, we're emphasizing warmth. Think oranges, yellows, whites juxtaposed with colder grays to make it pop.

Here are our top five fall decor ideas to spice up your home this season…

1. Warm up your home this fall with soft neutrals that create a relaxed, cozy environment for you and the family.
Fall Decor - Warm Living Room Warm and inviting living room via Pottery Barn
2. Look great while keeping warm with a nice soft throw. Textural details bring depth and dimension and you will thank yourself in the later winter months.
Fall Decor - Faux Fur Throw Faux Fur Throw via Pottery Barn
3. Add some extra comfort and intimacy to your home with a candle-filled centerpiece. For extra points, add a little extra fall foliage from your backyard.
Fall Decor - Reflection Centerpiece Reflection Centerpiece via Crate and Barrel
4. Utilize nature’s bountiful gift this season: leaves!
Fall Decor - Fall Flowers Fall Flowers
5. Find the perfect balance between warm and dark. Add some more contrast to your home.
Fall Decor - Warm vs. Dark Warm vs. Dark
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Fall Favorites 2015 :: M. is for Monochrome

Fall Favorites 2015  

This fall, we’re all about the simplicity of monochrome.

It's officially Fall!  Dressing for this colorful season is easy, breezy.  Just let the bright autumn tones do all the work and keep it crisp and clean with the timeless classiness of your grays, whites, and blacks.  Top it all off with some of M.Cruz Jewelry’s finest and you’ll easily be turning heads at the office or just out on the street.

Here are some of our 2015 Fall Favorites below.

Shop the Look: Necklace – Maria Onyx Necklace (M.Cruz Jewelry) Bracelet – Esther Cuff Bracelet (M.Cruz Jewelry) Ring – Page Lapis Ring (M.Cruz Jewelry) Dress – Turtleneck Micro-Stripe Sleeveless Dress (Banana Republic) Scarf – Factory Forest Print Scarf (Banana Republic) Watch – Reva Goldtone Stainless Steal & Leather Double-Wrap Strap Watch (Tory Burch) Bag – Perry Leather Tote Bag (Tory Burch)
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Audrey Magazine Features the "Vanessa" Ring in Fall Issue

Spotted in this month's Fall Issue of Audrey Magazine:

I'm so grateful that this month's Fall issue of Audrey Magazine features our "Vanessa" Ring. The magazine covers entertainment, trends, lifestyle and fashion from the perspective of the Asian-American woman. Anna Park, the editor, is such a pleasure to work with and I encourage you to check out the magazine online. If you like what you see order a yearly subscription and receive a new copy every season. Take a look at the feature below! Yay! Vanessa Ring in Audrey Magazine  

Since we launched the collection this past April, the "Vanessa" ring has been our bestseller.

It's simple modern design creates a statement piece you can wear daily, dress up and feel comfortable wearing. Some of my customers even wear it as a wedding band! A lot of love and attention went into this design and I'm so happy to see it's getting some love! If you want to add  the "Vanessa" to your collection go here.

xo, Mel

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