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Designer spotlight

We can’t get enough of our newest designer Carolyn Colby’s signature ear pieces. Offering a modernized feminine aesthetic, each of Carolyn Colby’s designs offer a fresh take on polished structural elements. Featuring a select collection of the designer’s favorite pieces, our collaboration is an exciting venture and we can’t to share a bit more about this amazing up-and-coming designer.  We recently asked the designer to share a few details about what inspires her. Read below for more:


Carly Leach // Designer & Owner of Carolyn Colby


What inspires you when working on a new collection?

Living in NYC I find inspiration around me constantly; architecture, art and fashion all influence me. I’m constantly snapping pictures, roughly sketching ideas, collecting stone and crystal samples for color references. At the beginning of each season I sort through everything and see what remains most intriguing to me and go from there.


What is your favorite new jewelry trend, and what trend are you over?

I’m obsessed with earrings so I’m loving the trend of embellishing the entire ear; crawlers, cuffs, jackets, big statement earrings, I love it all. Bibs – I think bib necklaces can take a pause.


What materials do you love working with?

I love stones and crystals – anything that will catch light and shine!


What is your favorite piece you’ve designed?

Right now favorite piece is the palm leaf inspired ear crawlers. I wear them all the time. I love the soft curvature and the sharp lines of the leaflets.

carolyn colby palm ear crawlers

Carolyn Colby // Palm Ear Crawlers // $165


What was the first piece you designed?

The first piece I designed was the triple shield necklace. I actually made the very first one many years ago before I moved to NYC when jewelry was just a hobby. I’ve just always loved the necklace so when I launched Carolyn Colby I knew I had to include the piece in my first collection and it’s remained a classic ever since.


What do you consider a must have piece that every girl should own?

I think every girl should own a great pair of studs. They can be your every day staple or add a polished touch to a sophisticated evening look. You can’t go wrong.


Most meaningful piece in your jewelry box?

Every day I wear a combo of 2 rings; 1 is a delicate gold signet ring that my dad gave my mom as a first anniversary gift (they’ve been married for 42 years!) and a few years ago I swiped it from my mom’s jewelry box and it’s never left my finger since. I wear that with my Carolyn Colby shooting star ring which has 2 diamonds pointing towards each other with a small amount of negative space in between. It was one of the first pieces I designed for my fine jewelry collection and it sits right next to my moms ring and just makes me happy.


Which piece is an investment piece worth splurging on?

Statement earrings! Just do it!


Check out the entire ear collection here.


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