Sketches are a mere reminder of a detailed picture in my mind. Designing these engagement rings I like to maintain organic forms while including an element of surprise and mystery yet keeping it minimal– all good qualities to have in a marriage.
At Colby June, we strive for the most ethical and sustainable way. We are always searching for like minded brands to support. This is the first post in a series on other brands and how they inspire us. By sharing the companies that inspire us, we hope that it inspires you to take a step towards supporting slow fashion and independent makers.
Jay Adams and Katie Doyle launched Brass in September 2014 with a small run of 5 dress styles. They were at a point in their lives where they could no longer stomach fast-fashion. Their careers had progressed and they needed to look more professional. They were also becoming increasingly aware of the toll that disposable fashion takes on our planet and people’s lives. While they started Brass to satisfy their own needs, it’s their customer base of smart, strong, passionate women who keep them going. Moreover, they are forming close, lasting relationships with their factories that are motivated by trust, goodwill, and a devotion to creating an excellent product.
Take a look at some of my favorite pieces and some beautiful pieces that are coming soon!
Our first collaboration with Hayden Mayer of HM Jewelry was a complete success! We designed and crafted an engagement ring for a young couple. The minimal yet classic ring is a rose cut diamond solitaire with a delicate fishtail pave band. This recent collaboration has inspired an engagement ring line pairing Colby June’s nature inspired aesthetic with HM Jewelry’s exceptional craftsmanship. Images below are from the collaborative process between Colby June, Hayden, and our inspiring clients.
Colby June and HM Jewelry will be unveiling WED an engagement ring line
in the spring of 2017.
This year 1% of Colby June net sales will be donated to Dress for Success. At Colby June,
we want to support other women entrepreneurs and help make a difference.
“Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
Find out how you as an individual can help Dress for Success.
Brand new ring sets just in time for that special someone or for that Holiday party. We have a variety of mixed metal sets, or if you fancy all silver or all gold, we have that too! Stacking rings specked with conflict free diamonds or a solitaire fair trade Oregon sunstone, there are endless options. With over 10 new ring sets you are sure to find one for your loved one. Here is a taste of the new stacking ring sets.
To see all of Colby June’s new rings sets click here.
Thankful for all of our amazing customers and their support!
Thankful for the community and incredible town in which we live.
Thankful for Mount Sopris for being a literal solid rock in my day everyday
Thankful for makers who make the world more interesting
Thankful for artistic creators who challenge the status quo allowing us to see the world in new ways
Thankful for my husband for listening to me and being my design consultant ALL THE TIME
Thankful for Amanda for being the best business partner and contributor to Colby June
Thankful for living in a place with insane access to nature
Thankful for the health and happiness of my children
Thankful for Colleen at Corvidae Collective for her support and keeping us on task
Thankful for Clarissa at Photonector Photography for her creative sole and true understanding
Thankful for snow
Thankful for Josh Meyer, our web genius
Thankful for our beautiful inside and out models
Thankful for a good cappuccino
Thankful for Natalia at Natalia Marie photography for her passion, unique perspective, and beautiful photos
Thankful for Vital Films for their incredible video work
Thankful for Comet (my dog) for coming to work with me almost everyday
Thankful for my incredible space to work
Finding that perfect gift for that special someone can be frustrating, but don’t worry the Colby June Team is here to help! This holiday season we created gift sets to give you a little help. A jewelry set completes the outfit and gives the outfit that finished and polished look. These Holiday Gift Sets are not too matchy matchy, but each piece complements the other very nicely! Check out all of our gift sets for some holiday gift ideas this season!
For more information about the sunstones used in our designs please visit our blog.
Xx Colby June Team
With the Holidays right around the corner, here are some of my favorite holiday gifts.
Each one is handcrafted in Colorado.
Support Locals and Shop Small this Holiday Season!
Sunstone is a stone of leadership, personal power, freedom, and expanded consciousness. Reflecting the qualities of light, it brings openness, benevolence, warmth, strength, and mental clarity.
In our most recent collection, we incorporated Oregon Sunstones, and have since become a little obsessed. Few people are familiar with Oregon Sunstone, which is far more rare and valuable than sunstones mined elsewhere. Although the color can range from water clear, to soft pinks, deep reds, yellows and even blue and green, we are using the soft pink, peach gems with lots of schiller. Schiller refers to the aventurescence, or optical effect of metallic glitter which arises from miniscule flecks of rhombic and hexagonal pieces of copper embedded in the stone. It is the copper element that makes Oregon Sunstones unique. The copper flecks shimmer and glow as they catch the light.
**Our Oregon Sunstones are certified level 1 fair trade.
The Northwest never fails to astound me with its lusciousness and grandeur. Coming from the aridity of Colorado, I always revel in the moisture and abundance of water. I’ve spent a little bit of every summer in Hood River, Oregon since age seven, and went to college in Portland, so it feels a little like going home. There is never enough time to do everything. There is rarely a plan, but somehow everyday unfolds packed with activities, friends, family and incredible food, wine and coffee. Some of our favorite activities include windsurfing or kiting, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, a city day, coffee and art.
Favorite Local Businesses:
Marquesi Vinyards– beautiful patio for sipping wine
Twiggs– Gifts, Home Accents and Jewelry (including Colby June)
The Ruddy Duck– Family run mini department store
Celilo – Locally sourced, sustainably grown delicious food always
Stoked Roasters– Waterfront coffee
Plenty-I never fail to find a “must have” item at Plenty
Kids Creations Art Camp – amazing kids art camp
Mike Ice Cream – best ice cream ever!