Name: Mariana Ramsay Hay
Specialty: Big Picture Manager
How many years have you worked at Croghan’s? Lifetime
White Gold or Yellow Gold? Yellow Gold
What is your favorite jewelry brand? Mazza
What is your favorite gemstone? Aquamarine
What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own and why? My Mom’s aquamarine cocktail ring and earrings.
Favorite piece of jewelry you have ever sold and why? An engagement ring to a young man. I brought several engagement rings to his house because he wanted to keep it confidential. He picked one and then we went to his parents house to see which one they liked and they chose the very same one. The father, who is my contemporary said, “I remember your Mom came to this house 35 years ago with a group of rings for me to choose for my future wife.” So special!
What is the best thing about working on Wonderful King Street? My favorite thing about King Street is that it is the spine of our city! It is high ground so it never floods either! You can watch the whole world go by from tourists to lawyers and bankers on their way to lunch, to college kids going to the Apple store. It is truly Wonderful!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset
Sweet or Savory? Savory
Favorite night in? Sunday, dinner on the grill.
Favorite night out? Dinner with lifelong friends.
Tell us a random fact people would be surprised to know about you: I love being a Grandmother.
Tell us a funny moment at 308 Wonderful King Street that still makes you laugh out loud: Two weeks before Christmas, husband is in store when wife comes in and we quickly shuffle him to the back and fix him a drink while he sits on the back steps waiting on wife to leave. He had 3 drinks by the time she purchased all her presents, chatted with everyone and left out the front door!
What are your 4 favorite items on our site and why?
1. Edwardian Aquamarine Pendant Necklace: This necklace is perfect for a bride. Something old and something blue!
2. Estate Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring: This engagement ring is elegant with perfect dimensions and warmth.
3. Temple St. Clair Stella Earrings: These earrings feature blue moonstone surrounded by diamonds. They are the perfect shape and size for everyday. The moonstone is so versatile it goes with everything!
4. Antique Gold-Filled Bangle: It is beautiful with details of the Etruscan Revival age, which you never see in gold-filled and affordable pieces.