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.

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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Casual Spring

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The snow is melting and the warm weather is creeping in. These in-between months are so unpredictable. One day it will be as hot as a July day and the next you’re hit with a week long rain storm. For these in-between months here are my go to pieces.

  1. Always have a pair or sunnies. Who knows when the sun will show itself.
  2. Keep it simple with a tank top and if you get a little chilly throw on a sweater.
  3. Black skinny jeans are the perfect blank canvas. If it’s rainy pull on a pair of Hunter boots and if its sunny slip on those Birks.
  4. Layer away with jewelry. This will brighten up any day.
  5. Add a pop of color with a bright clutch. This will remind you that the rainy days will end soon.

P.S.
Tank top is State Side Clothing. They build wardrobe basics entirely in the USA with the aim of creating modern.