Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Monica Mauro on the Phoenix Fashion Week red carpet.

Starting a new career can always be difficult. Add giving birth to your first child, and a move to a new city to the equation, and things become enormously more complicated. That difficult situation is what 2016 Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp jewelry designer Monica Mauro went through.

Recently 40 designers and 40 models were chosen to be part of Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Bootcamp, and Model of the Year, where local fashionistas competed to win prizes that will help them launch their brand.

Mauro was one of this year’s winners, and it was not easy getting to this point.

She was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico, and was not always a jewelry designer. In Juarez Mauro worked at the American Consulate, and after she was passed up for a promotion Mauro decided it was time to move onto a new career and country.

“They got a new person, and that was frustrating for me,” Mauro said. “I told myself ‘Where else am I going here? Can I grow more here?’ They already cut my wings. I couldn’t wait for another person to step down in another 10 years.”

At the age of 29 she moved to Dallas, Texas to start a new life after her father helped her find a new job at the Dallas Independent School District. Mauro says she didn’t give too much thought into the job but decided to try and apply anyway.

“They called me one day, in April, and said ‘Okay, are you ready to accept the job?’” Mauro said. “I’m like ‘What?’ I only applied to do something different. They said ‘Are you going to be here in May?’ They said I was going to have training all summer.”

She would later meet her husband in Dallas when she started to relive her childhood passion with the arts while not being too passionate about her job.

Mauro began working in glass fusion during her off time. She even started her own art studio called Cool Fired Arts. She began working at girl’s scouts meetings and parties. Although many may have enjoyed her work, there was only a small amount of business.

“Glass is more for galleries so I found I wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of it,” Mauro said. “So, I started mixing natural stones with glass fusion pieces they were very cool but people were still very scared of the glass.”

Mauro got pregnant and says she was unsure how to raise a baby by selling her work. She even ended her company, and sold one of her kilns, a type of oven used to make glassware.

Once again Mauro believed she reached the end of her career and city. She realized she no longer wanted to work as a teacher and decided to dedicate herself completely to making jewelry, specifically druzy jewelry, a special kind of glittering effect.

Her husband supported her decision and they moved to Phoenix so she can establish her new career. She didn’t have any connections in Phoenix, but went anyways.

So, once again, Mauro restarted her life from scratch, establishing her new company and career. Her new designer company Monica Mauro Designs focus on jewelry with natural stones and she even gets her own stones from local mines in places like Bisbee.

After her first few months in Phoenix Mauro began to go to trunk shows with her jewelry where she met Misha Mendicino who eventually told her about Phoenix Fashion Week.

Mauro made it as one of the contenders for Designer of the Year and won the first boot camp challenge. She won by going to 16 boutiques within three to four hours and securing three future clients, a far cry from her fist months trapped in her shell. Her clients now include JW Marriot at Camelback and Ridge and Ali’s Living in Scottsdale.

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Phoenix Fashion Week has chosen three Emerging Accessory Designers to compete for Designer of the Year that will take place October 13-15 at Talking Stick Resort

Phoenix, AZ (July 7, 2016) – In this 4 month boot camp, the designers will be faced with multiple challenges, homework, attend workshops and seminars, make appointments with buyers, interview with media, meet short notice deadlines and have opportunities to display their collection and make direct retail sales at the two big events in August and October.

One of the challenges this past month was to visit the most boutiques in 5 hours and Monica was the winner visiting 16 boutiques in the Phoenix area making great connections with the local community.

These local and international designers have 3 weekends of intense training where they are given last minute challenges and the chance to meet who’s who in the fashion industry.

Monica Mauro says, “My vision is to add a natural sparkle to accentuate the wardrobe of every stylish woman.” Monica Mauro jewelry is perfect for adding this sparkle as she uses Druzy crystals in various forms in all of her designs. What sets her line apart from the rest of the pack is her use of Druzy beads in combination with other forms of these crystallized stones.

Phoenix Fashion Week will take place at the Talking Stick Resort from October 13-15, 2016. Along with the 3 Accessory Designers, there are 12 Apparel Designers and the Top 40 Model lineup with winners being announced from each category throughout this event. The winning designers will be awarded prize packages valued at over $10,000 in goods and services to assist them in successfully launching their brand.

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To request photos, interviews or for more information about Emerging Accessory Designer Monica Mauro, please contact Monica Mauro at or (214) 558-6770 or Scott Mauro (214) 417-4717

Monica Mauro Jewelry is designed to add a little extra sparkle to stylish women with natural stones. This line began with the mission of adding some glitz to unique designs using crystallized stones to compliment a simple but stylish outfit. Her designs are versatile and can be worn to dress up or to dress down. Monica’s current collection focuses on natural stones with a strong emphasis on the beauty of Druzy Agate. These agate stone form tiny quartz crystals which are found inside natural geodes and are perfect for Monica’s designs.  Monica Mauro jewelry can be found in the Phoenix area at various 5 star resorts and boutiques as well as other locations across the US. For more information about her line and locations please visit:

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest.  Our core purpose is to build sustainable brands from the ground up while pushing the Arizona fashion industry forward. The organization’s mission is ’Bridging Designers & Buyers’ through three pillars of fashion, education, and community. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to gain rapid acclaim for its community service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, visit: