Heart’s Desire Jewelry
Made by hand to touch your heart and inspire your soul.
Established in 2004, Heart’s Desire Jewelry is an New Bern-based boutique design studio single-handedly run by award-winning artist Ann Marie Hodrick.
Using responsibly-sourced, high-quality natural stones and rare organic elements, Hodrick creates necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that not only look good, but they make you feel good, too.
Featuring one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces, as exceptional as the rare materials used in their creation, each accessory is hand-crafted to be functional, wearable, enjoyable art, so that you feel comfortable, confident, and creative when wearing your jewelry.
A NOTE FROM ANN MARIE
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a creative person. From sewing and crafting as a child, to painting, drawing, and metalsmithing in high school. In college, my love of art and design took me to New Orleans, where I continued my studies and explored ceramics, printmaking, and fiber art at Loyola University.
I started Heart’s Desire Jewelry because I love working with my hands to create something beautiful for others to enjoy. I have always felt the need to live a creative life. To me, living a creative life means listening to your heart and soul, to bring to life your most passionate dreams.
ABOUT MY MATERIALS
I’m committed to seeking out materials that are remarkably unique, so that I can craft jewelry that tells a story of intrigue, interest, and inspiration. Every element surprises me and captures my attention, whether it’s a rare gemstone, a shimmering pearl, or other exotic elements like ancient fossils and artifacts. I’m fascinated by color and textures, often drawing on my everyday experiences like bright hues from blossoms in a garden, the shapes in a city scape or the way waves on the ocean catch the sunlight.
It’s important to me to take great care in how I source my materials, so I make a commitment to work with suppliers I trust and respect. Many of my gems are cut by a family-operated business based in Jaipur who I admire because of their ethical business standards, and because they’re artists themselves. Another supplier whom I appreciate is a world traveler; she often presents her gem findings to me in their natural state, as close to how she found them as possible--unearthed and without enhancements. I use .925 sterling silver, .999 fine silver, gold-fill, vermeil, and solid gold. To lessen my environmental impact, I work with vendors who sell recycled metals, and I recycle my metal scraps, as well. It’s a small step, but it can make a big difference to minimize my effect on the environment, which I hope can help promote a healthier world.
WHAT I HOPE FOR YOU
My hope is that, by wearing this jewelry, you feel joyful, confident, beautiful, and loved. I wholeheartedly believe that the more love we show to ourselves, our capacity to share love with others strengthens, which I hope can help spread more love and compassion throughout our communities and the world.
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