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As an industry veteran, Maya Brenner brings experience and undeniable talent to her eponymous jewelry collection. A native of California, Maya Brenner Designs is both simple and classic, bold and modern. Founded in 1998, the collection has been sold at finer boutiques worldwide including Henri Bendel, Fred Segal, Calypso, and Anthropologie.

Maya Brenner’s jewelry has been featured in the pages of Lucky, InStyle, People, Daily Candy, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Martha Stewart Weddings, Seventeen, People Style Watch, Star, Shape, OK, In Touch, Life & Style, Self, and US Weekly. Articles written about her career have been posted on CNN.com and About.com, as well as published in Entrepreneur Magazine and The New York Times "Style" section.

Maya’s celebrity following includes Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Bilson, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore, Salma Hayek, Jessica Simpson, Audrina Patridge, Nicole Richie, Rebecca Romijn, Debra Messing, Molly Sims, Lindsay Lohan, Giuliana Rancic, and Rachel Ray among others.

Her jewelry has been featured on "The Today Show," “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Brothers and Sisters,” "Alias," "Friends," “Sex & The City,” "Desperate Housewives," "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "Las Vegas," and "The O.C." Maya herself has appeared on "Good Day Live's" Style File and the DIY network.

In 2011, Maya was chosen to star in her own Nissan car commercial featuring the busy life of a momprenueur that will be airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Click here to watch the commercial.

Maya

Maya Brenner Is an industry veteran with an inspiring list of accomplishments since the launch of her eponymous jewelry collection in 1998, including author of Beaded Jewelry: Create Your Own Style and most recently home décor designer. A native of California, her designs are simple and classic, yet bold and modern. Maya's signature jewelry style is to inject a sense of fun and whimsy into timeless 14k gold and sterling silver bijou. This design aesthetic led to Brenner's longstanding relationship with Stella & Dot for the past ten years, advising the internationally renowned brand on design and trend direction as well as designing more accessibly-priced Maya Brenner collections for their customers.

Over the years, Maya Brenner Designs has seen an impressive rise in retail presence being picked up by major retailers worldwide. In 2014, Maya launched her letter collection at J.Crew with a small and exclusive group of hand picked accessory designers as part of the retailer's fine jewelry initiative. Soon after, the same collection launched at A Pea in the Pod as the maternity store's first fine jewelry offering. The Maya Brenner collection has also been sold at finer boutiques and retailers worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel, Liberty London, Steven Alan, Mark & Graham, Fred Segal and Anthropologie.

In the spring of 2015, Maya debuted her first brand extension, launching the “Maya Brenner Home” collection. The assortment of linen pillows weaves the essence of the iconic letter and state jewelry designs Brenner is known for into chic home décor accents. With delicate gold embroidery and customizable details, the pieces perfectly embody Maya’s jewelry aesthetic.

Maya Brenner Designs have been spotted on some of the most stylish celebrities including January Jones, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Emma Roberts, Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Bilson, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek and Nicole Richie, among many others.

Design

My designs appeal to a variety of women with a range of personal styles. From classic uptown execs to youthful downtown hipsters, women everywhere love my jewelry because I design staple pieces that still have a sense of fun and whimsy. My designs are eye catching and fashion forward while still being wearable and classic.

One of my favorite parts of putting a collection together is taking a trend and making it my own, putting my stamp on it so that it's different from everything that's out there. For example, state charm necklaces have been around forever but I found a way to reinvent them in a brand new and fresh way that is playful and pretty (Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson, and Rachel Bilson all wear their state necklaces proudly).

I’m really into lots of layers. I love how it looks to pile on long gold chains with asymmetrical, shorter necklaces. I’ll throw in an oxidized charm necklace for good measure (I can’t get enough of mixed metals). Personalized jewelry is also huge right now. I am focusing on pieces that have an instant sentimental value for my customers such as state, zodiac, and initial necklaces.

I love things that are feminine and girlie with an edge (á la Kate Moss). I love mixing high and low, combining a dainty 14k diamond charm necklace with a chunky rope gold-plated chain.

- Maya Brenner