Jennifer Meyer Maguire
This mom has come into her own by designing special jewelry pieces that have carved itself as a favorite accessory among many women
One piece of jewelry links two notable Hollywood Jennifers together, and that’s Jennifer Meyer Maguire’s signature leaf pendant, which was worn by actress Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up. Inspired by her grandmother, Edith Meyer, at a very young age, Jennifer created jewelry out of enamel. It was this early start that sparked her interest in the art, which she went on to pursue later in her life.
Today, she is not only known as Universal Studios President and COO Ronald Meyer’s daughter, and Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire’s wife, but Jennifer Meyer Maguire—the jewelry designer, eco-conscious mom who is raising her kids as vegans. Her collection also includes signature diamond necklaces, as worn by celebrity moms Salma Hayek, Gwen Stefani, Reese Witherspoon, and Courteney Cox. Learn what fuels this mom’s creativity and how she manages raising her two little ones, 4-year old Ruby Sweetheart and 2-year old Otis Tobias.
Your father is considered one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Please describe your years growing up.
I’m really lucky because my Dad is also my best friend. Throughout my life, he has taught me to have an incredible work ethic and to be kind, loving, and loyal.
What is your best childhood memory?
My Dad drove my sister and me to school every single day until I turned 16. I loved having that special, undistracted time with him in the mornings.
Your parents are divorced and both remarried. How has their relationships affected the way you want to raise your family?
I’m grateful because even though my parents divorced when I was 8 years old, they’ve always remained very close friends and extremely loving parents.
Three words that best illustrate your relationship with your grandmother, Edith, who helps inspire you as an artist.
Love, happiness, inspiration, grateful, relaxed. Couldn’t stop at three.
You worked in the PR industry, and were a magazine editor before launching your own jewelry line. What made you finally decide to go into the jewelry designing business full-on?
Designing jewelry is always something I wanted to do and because I hadn’t had any formal training, I had to teach myself the craft. Fortunately, I had the experience of working with two of the most talented fashion designers in the world, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. They taught me a lot about being hands-on.
Can you tell us more about the leaf and wishbone pieces that launched and are signature to your career?
I designed the leaf first because it represented “turning over a new leaf” and starting a new business—a new adventure. The wishbone is part of a series of pieces I designed around symbols that represent luck. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t need a little luck?
How does it feel to be recognized as one of the most popular jewelry designers in the country today?
Am I? That’s so flattering.
Other designers you look up to?
There are so many talented designers I admire, from Shoshanna for her bikinis, to Isabel Marant, to Kathy Rose for her delicate snake bangle. Hard to narrow it down.
Tell us more about your new collection, and how it differs from the past ones.
I’ll always design pieces that will become part of my core collection—pieces that can be worn from day to night. Lately, however, I’ve started to work with different stones and materials, which has been a lot of fun. I’m also focusing on expanding on my personalized collection, which I feel very connected to as a mom. I love being able to wear my kids’ initials around my neck.
How is Tobey Maguire like as a father?
I happen to be married to someone who counterbalances me perfectly. For example, he has mastered keeping the kids and me calm in all situations!
Funny stories about him and the kids?
Something happened the other day that comes to mind: Tobey’s Grandma was reading a book to my daughter, Ruby, about princesses and she said to her that, “One day you’ll meet your prince.” In response, Ruby said, “That’s Ok—I’ve already found my prince. My Daddy.”
What is it like being a parent to a daughter and a son?
Best of both worlds.
What made you decide to raise your children as vegans?
Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian or a meat-eater, it’s about making informed, healthy choices. It’s about putting the healthiest possible options in your body. And while I am in charge of making these decisions for my kids, I am going to be careful about what they’re eating. My stepmother started a charity called the Teaching Garden that advocates healthy eating for children and adults. We need to be better informed, and we need these options, and Kelly is spearheading this effort beautifully.
What kid-friendly vegan recipes would you suggest to parents who have little to no time to cook?
Some of my quick favorites are sliced apples and fresh peanut butter; carrots and celery with hummus; black bean and brown rice burritos with chopped tomatoes, guacamole.
We’ve read that you’re a self-confessed, bona fide California Girl. Do you see yourself raising your children somewhere else?
Personally, I love California because I was born and raised here, and if this is where I end up raising my children, I’ll have no complaints. Very fortunately because of my husband’s job, we have the opportunity to visit a lot of places.
Must-haves now that you have two little ones?
The Little Seed is my one-stop shop for everything kid-related—from organic cotton burp cloths and blankets, and soft, cozy T-shirts. Wipes are also a must-have. I use them for everything from taking off my makeup to cleaning a runny nose to wiping my son’s bottom!
Style tips for moms?
Buy jewelry that you can wear from morning to night. I often wear the same pieces from school drop-off to an evening dinner with friends. Wear comfortable shoes that are stylish—ballet flats are the perfect complement to any outfit. I don’t wear makeup, but love to put on some bronzer if I need a little pick me up. My favorite is Instant Sunshine bronzer by Philosophy.
Basic parenting advice?
You can never spoil your kids with too much love.
With such a successful family life and career, is there anything else you wish for?
If we could all figure out how to make sure that no child on earth goes to bed hungry, that would be my greatest wish.
WORDS BY VALERIE ANNE DEL CASTILLO