Marla Aaron’s Wisewoman Instagram Is Giving Us Life

It’s easy—and therefore tempting—to post content on Instagram that’s shiny, pretty…and perfectly bland.

Particularly if your goal is sales. As a retailer, you’re forced to be conscious of avoiding messaging that could alienate potential consumers.

But while just-pretty pictures may have been enough to earn you a robust following in Instagram’s early days, users of the addictive platform are growing weary of beauty and glamour sans soul. They’re craving substance.

Brands giving it to them through smart, authentic-feeling writing and photography are gaining ground on Instagram—inarguably the most important social channel for jewelry and fashion brand and retailers.

It’s why stylish New York City bridal retailer Molly Rosen Guy (@stonefoxbride), whose posts delve into the struggles of single motherhood and divorce, has 114,000 loyal followers. And why brand founder Jen Gotch (@jengotch), who’s been open about her mental health battles (she even sold nameplate necklaces with the words Depression and Anxiety), has 231,0000 followers.

The latest engaging truth teller to cut through the noise, and build a healthy following on the platform, is NYC-based jewelry designer Marla Aaron.

The designer began her Instagram journey by primarily letting her edgy, beautiful jewelry do most of the talking. But recently, Aaron herself has been dropping some awesome straight talk—sharing bits of her past and path from corporate day jobber to in-demand jewelry entrepreneur alongside wise, personal thoughts and advice free of filler and artifice.

She comes off as such a modern-day sage, she feels like the Cheryl Strayed (or Mr. Miyagi?) of the jewelry world—and her thoughtful, from-the-heart approach is both entertaining and brand-building. In just a few years, Aaron’s amassed a highly engaged following of more than 50,000.

Here are some of my favorite posts recently published on @marlaaaron:


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This morning I caught my husband staring at one of the newer and stranger elements of my ever expanding beauty routine. Baffled. I proudly announced that that one is the “final step of a geisha’a skincare ritual” He didn’t speak. Just raised his eyebrows and walked away. I mean literally what could he say to that insanity?! But that IS love literally…. acceptance. Even your wife’s totally tragicomedic obsession with beauty products. While I can argue that all jewelry is about love, the Di Me series is totally about love. Di Me means “tell me” in Spanish but an informal, intimate form of “tell me”. As in just tell me— no one else… even that you may want to be a geisha..some of the time. Or tell me anything. Made to order and hand engraved with plenty of time for the holidays. #dimeseries #chubbydimering #marlaaaronjewelry

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When I learned about the existence of Fordite a few years ago I kind of went into a tailspin. There is a mythical quality to the automotive industry in this country—what happened in Detroit—the boom and the bust of it and now its resurrection at the hands of a new wave of innovators and artists taking it back in a new way. (This is so “us” by the way—and by “us” I mean American—we know how to rebuild. We know how to bounce back—it’s in our DNA) But back to Fordite…in the automotive factories, on the floors where they paint the cars, the paint layers and forms a hard surface. Some enterprising person at some point realized that chiseling it off allowed for it to be formed into jewelry, pens,the handle to a pen knife….many things actually. And yes, like a true stone it can be used in our #allinlayseries. I am told that the age of the Fordite can be determined by the colors of the paint—colors that were prevalent during certain eras. As I worked with our stone cutter to figure out how to “slice and dice” it, it occurred to me that as we cut through different layers of the paint we were, in essence, exposing history. It’s hard not to visualize the men (and women perhaps but doubtful) who painted those cars…… That it was once just simply old dried up paint on a floor and is now “precious” is the stuff of my dreams. In 18K yellow gold. What’s next? #forditelock #marlaaaronjewelry 🎥cred @quickbecca

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JCK Magazine Editor