Ann Marie Hodrick began with sewing, crafting, and coloring while in grade school then moved on to painting, drawing, and metalsmithing in high school. While in college, she continued with those mediums and explored ceramics, printmaking, and fiber art at Loyola University, New Orleans. She founded her line, Heart’s Desire Jewelry, in 2004. Using responsibly-sourced, high-quality natural stones, and organic elements, Ann Marie creates necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that not only look good, but also help the wearer feel good, too.
Her jewelry collection is all one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces. Ann Marie personally selects the most unique gemstones, lustrous pearls, and exotic elements like ancient fossils and artifacts of the highest quality to use in her stunning designs. “I want the person who wears my jewelry to benefit from the love, strength, desire and power that I feel as I create,” Ann Marie says. “Above and beyond the physical elements that go into each design, it is these spiritual elements that set my work apart from mass produced jewelry.”
Her appreciation of our world and its peoples has led her to make a priority of sing supplies from socially responsible vendors. Many of her gems are cut by a family-run business in Jaipur. She especially likes to work with suppliers who make it a point to present the gems as they are when they are unearthed, without enhancements of any kind. Ann Marie uses .925 sterling silver, .999 fine silver, gold-fill, vermeil and solid gold and is aware that the mining of most new precious metals negatively impacts the environment and the cultures surrounding the mines. Because of that, she now buys her silver and gold wire and sheet metal from vendors who sell refined (recycled) metals and she collects her scraps to be refined so that she can help to minimize her effect on the environment and promote a healthier world.
Ann Marie cherishes old jewelry parts as much as she adores keeping an eye on what’s current in fashion. Those inspirations mix together in a style that expresses itself in many lights…from vintage to modern…organic to graphic. No matter which muse is speaking to her, the result is always stylish, wearable art.