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.
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.
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 Bone Collection tells the story of the woman with a warrior spirit. A woman is made up of many complex facets and the collection serves to represent both the warrior spirit and goddess spirit within each female. Certain pieces evoke the raw fierceness of a warrior and others the evoke sensuality and tenderness of a goddess.
In designing this collection we hoped to represent and engage the complex woman through the blending of seemingly inconsistent textures. The woman who wears these pieces layers her fierce pieces with her goddess pieces to find a balance.
The bone that inspired the collection has smooth sensual aspects and fierce angles, portraying the dichotomy of the female warrior. We incorporated soft sunstone and raw, rose cut diamonds combining strength and gentleness; secrecy and openness. Conflicting but balanced qualities that represent the Colby June warrior woman.
Colby June Process Video
One of the best parts of my job is opportunity I have to work with other ardent creatives. I truly enjoy working with impassioned professionals who really consider their work a life-calling. It is inspiring to be in their presence and collaboration with passionate people always has an enormously positive effect on the creative process at Colby June.
However, the initial stages of the process are incredibly personal and solitary. In those initial weeks, words cannot describe the collection yet. I’m simply evoking a feeling or a sense of something through my physical pieces. It’s a highly visual and surprisingly non-verbal process.
Once, that phase is complete, I get feedback from my partner Amanda on the final designs and we dive into the story creation. The collaboration of a brilliant group of creatives, brings the narrative of the collection to life. From our photographers and videographers, to the models, our PR team to the stylists, each person tells the story through their own lens. The collaboration of everyone makes the whole greater than its parts and I am incredibly grateful to work with the team I do at Colby June.
It’s no secret that Colorado wildlife inspires my work and the Bone Collection is no exception. I can point to the exact moment, and even the exact piece of bone, that inspired my newest collection at Colby June.
While walking along the banks of the Crystal River near Mount Sopris, I found a small bone. I picked it up and as I ran my fingers over the soft curved edges, I imagined where the bone originated. Likely an elk or a deer, but it was alone, on the riverbank, washed up and into my path.
The oldest known pieces of jewelry were objects like this piece, with holes drilled in order to wear on string, and in my minds eye, I imagine that this particular piece would have been coveted in primitive times.
I loved the way the bone was still jagged at the top, with a beautiful but grotesque texture that both pushes you away but pulls you in. The push and pull of nature inspires me daily, and I tried to bring that conflicting emotion of desire into this collection.
Holbox Island is an Instagrammer’s paradise with its sweeping views of white sand beaches, aquamarine waters and hammocks swinging between palm trees. But for me, it’s the tiny details that you only see upon second glace, that I found boundless inspiration.
I was captivated by the sensuality of seaweed. The shapes and textures it formed evoked emotion and expressivity.
Texture is paramount to my designs and nature has taught me the art of contrasting textures in close proximity. From exquisitely haphazard configurations to the most soothing repetitious patterns, variation in wildlife has a purpose and it inspires me to push the boundaries of texture.
The fun of designing jewelry comes in translating the emotion behind the texture. I want to convey the fierceness from a spiky sea urchin and sensuality of a smooth, sand-washed shell.
Colby June is conceived by tiny moments, the unobvious, the subtle. From Aspen Mountain to the beach pathways of Holbox Island, the unassuming details of nature continue to serve as my greatest inspiration.
We are launching our new collection mid June and we just wrapped our photoshoot. The energy and high spirit were the perfect combination to make this shoot a success. The whole team really pulled out all the stops to create something very special. We had an amazing time and here are some behind the scenes highlights of the day.
Photography: Natalia Mills
Video film: Vital Films
Makeup: Vanessa Leighton
Hair: Carina Redmond
Models: Courtnay Edwards, Yahaira Benitez and Amanda Redmond