Kate and Mari Founder and Designer Maria "Mari" Cruz was born in the small, mountainous city of Cuenca, Ecuador and grew up sunny South Florida, both of which formed her innate aesthetic. She aims to strikes a balance between feminine creativity with a touch of bohemian flair.
Mari worked in e-commerce for years, and previously owned a small online boutique focused on accessories. Her love of accessories began when she was planning her wedding in 2013, and realized there was an opportunity in the accessories market for a well made, feminine centered brand. She began making earring pieces for fun and for artistic expression, which slowly grew to the line Kate and Mari.
Since launching, her designs have graced the ears of women all over the world, from Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, to right here in the US. Her customer is the modern woman who loves feminine touches and details.
While the focus of Kate and Mari is bridal inspired, Mari aims to make pieces that can be worn on your wedding day, a special event, to a sunday brunch, or on a night out.
Kate and Mari's selection of hand crafted earrings includes carefully created styles designed in our Miami studio. Most of our pieces are crafted with 14K gold plating or 14K gold fill, Swarvoski and glass crystals, cubic zirconia, hypoallergenic, nickel free and lead free materials. All of our posts are made with a sterling silver base.