The idea behind Mariamor Designs began in 2013. My uncle fell ill, and being from a large Catholic family, we began to pray for God’s help in curing the illness and granting us peace of mind and heart. Unfortunately, our prayers went unanswered, and my uncle passed away later that year. During a family event following the funeral, my aunt approached my uncle’s only daughter and presented her with a large decorative jar full of dirty coins. As my cousin looked quizzically at her, my aunt explained: From the moment my uncle was diagnosed, she began to collect coins that she found on the ground. She had been privy to a belief that every coin found on the ground is worth more than the monetary value, but is in fact a message and prayer from a guardian angel. On every coin, there is an inscription of “In God We Trust” and when the coin is found and read, it serves as a reminder to have faith; that you always have someone watching over you and carrying your precious prayers from your heart to God’s ears.
My aunt told my cousin that every prayer that she had found over the last year was a prayer for my cousin’s ill father and our family, and had been carefully placed in the jar. Following the story, my cousin excitedly accepted the gift and continues to look at those coins every day as a reminder of the love, protection, and comfort that her guardian angel and her father provide every day.
From that moment on, I began collecting the coins that I found on the ground and keeping them in a small bowl in my apartment. As a loving friend and family member, I wanted to find ways to spread this love and those prayers, just as my aunt had done for my cousin. It did not take me long to realize that I could use my naturally creative mind to decorate them and give them as gifts to those for whom I cared most. From there, the idea exploded. Now each coin that I find on the ground is decorated and embellished in a unique way, and given as a gift. Whether it is my gift to you, or your gift to a loved one, they are all given in love. Just as every person and prayer is unique, so is each coin; there will never be two exactly alike.
In high school, my religion professor used to say, “God is Love” and “Love is God.” Everyone has different beliefs and practices diverse religions, but those two lines seem to simplify it all. To spread love to others is to share God in your life, and that is exactly what I am doing. I hope that every person that purchases a Mariamor design is reminded that they are loved and special in their own way. As it states in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” My passion and creativity are my way of making my light shine for others. Through these prayer coins, I hope to make the world a better, more loving place.
Spread love, spread happiness, spread beauty, spread joy, in whatever way is unique to you. Each of these pieces does exactly that.
Mary Grace Schmidt, President
Mariamor was founded by Mary Grace, a native of Orange, CA. With a dream of a career in the fashion industry and an aptitude for making others smile, she has developed a line of inspirational jewelry that she hopes will bring joy and love to the world around her. She is a lover of all things beautiful and has always had an addiction to sparkle. Over the years, she has added certifications in personal styling, wardrobe styling, and image consulting to her toolkit, and has never wavered in her faith or her belief that each woman is unique and beautiful in her own way. These designs are all one of a kind, just like Mary, and she continues to pour her heart and love into the company as it grows and expands daily.
It takes a village....
There is book called It Takes a Village: and other lessons children teach us that was written in 1996. In this book, it states that raising a child is not a one-man job, but that to be done well, it takes a group of committed and supportive individuals nurturing and guiding that child through his or her life. The same is to be said about Mariamor. Mariamor is my baby, and in that light, it takes a Village to help her grow properly. I am so grateful to my family and friends who are so incredibly supportive of this journey and of Mariamor. I know that I could not do it without each and every one of you. I love you guys with all of my heart! Thank you for always being there for me!