Making of the Stars and Moon Ring

Wedding bells are ringing, and we’re ready to debut our own wedding ring. We’re proud to introduce the first piece in our WED engagement series. It features two Canadian-mined and conflict-free half moon champagne diamonds with a row of graduated pave-set diamonds through the middle all framed in a 14-karat recycled gold band. Since every engagement has a good story, here’s the one behind this particular ring.

It was love at first sight when I found the perfect diamonds for my vision at the Tucson Gem Show. Inspired by their shape and character, I created the setting around them.

 

After we agreed on a shared vision, Hayden carved the ring out of wax. This is the how a ring starts.

Once the shape is set, it’s sent to the caster where the 14-karat recycled gold was poured to make a band. We’ll call that the third date.

 

The half moon diamonds are beveled, and that means the center diamonds must be graduated in size. Here, we’re getting ready to set the center stones and that’s what produces an elegant arc. After the stones are all set, the ring is ready to rock! Now it just needs a forever home.


The next step involved lots of conversation with my partner in this endeavor, Hayden. He’s the one who executes on exquisite craftsmanship (read: lots of tiny hand movements!), so we had to make sure we were on the same page.

Sketches

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.

 

Series: Meet the Makers

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.

Brass Clothing

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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!

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A Union of Craft and Design


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.

 

New Beginnings

New Year New Beginnings

 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.

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New Ring Sets for the Holidays

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.

 

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To see all of Colby June’s new rings sets click here.

So Much to Be Thankful for!

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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

 

Colby June’s Gift Sets for the Holidays

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!


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For more information about the sunstones used in our designs please visit our blog.

 

Happy Holidays!

Xx  Colby June Team

Handcrafted in Colorado

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!

 

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  1. Gift someone on your list with a Pie of the Month Club from The Long I Pie and they will not be disappointed. (Denver area)
  2. Come bearing one of these beautiful arrangements from  Modern West Floral Company to your next holiday party. It’s a nice change from the standard bottle of wine.
  3. For the home enthusiast on your list, visit  Two Little Tadpols for some unique gifts.
  4. Young or old, any lady on your list is sure to appreciate a cashmere hat from Leit-Kat.
  5. These organic plates and spoons by Bridget Dorr Ceramics are just too cute!
  6. There is always a need for a stunning charcuterie board by David Rasmussen Design.

Head Over Heels for Oregon Sunstone

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.

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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.

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**Our Oregon Sunstones are certified level 1 fair trade.