At our epic 10th anniversary party last week we debuted our Ring Bar. The accompanying menu provided prices for the different sizes and metals, and our guests were able to mingle while trying on each ring. The ring bar was a huge hit, and we *loved* seeing so many friends and clients create their own unique stacks.
As I reflect on these 10 years of glory, pain, joy, tears, laughter, friendships, and oh-so much more, I must express both my gratitude and my nostalgia. I am overflown with happiness and pride, and though I am just a speck in the universe of creators, I live for this passion (truly, creativity keeps me sane).
We love soaking up the sun coast to coast, and though our New York (via New Jersey) run is sadly coming to a close, CMD can’t wait to get back to The Golden State. Fall in the Bay Area is all about life au soleil—BBQs, music festivals, spectacular sunsets and long walks on the beach, just to name a few.
Certain adventures strike a special cord in our hearts, and my recent trip with my mom throughout Washington State was an experience we will both cherish for the rest of our lives. Though we’re already so close, our epic adventure blew our minds and strengthened our bond even more.
The CMD studio is always buzzing away, and we’re constantly on the hunt for artisanal goodies to assist our work. We relish other American manufacturers and love supporting them, because crafting a beautiful product doesn’t come easy (but is definitely worth it).
CMD is proud to be an equal opportunist business, and we’re ready to give the men in our life some jewelry love. Though our bangles and draped necklaces often end up on ladies, we’ve got some seriously stylish rings stacked upon the fingers of exceptional men. Speaking of stacks: our clients love them!
It’s no secret that CMD relishes in everything community related. No further does that mindset ring true than our own studios: where our colleagues become family; where our elated memories together become art inspiration; where our belief in good heartedness becomes reality.
Much like my time, my heart is divided between two neighborhoods: the sunny mission, where the studio is located; and the beachside outer sunset, where I unwind at home. Both spots in this sweet city encourage artistry and originality, and I have a few neighborhood gems that keep me going with a smile on my face.
Every step of the CMD journey has been immensely rewarding, but there are certain milestones that make our heart sing oh-so proudly. Beyond being one of the most renowned places of modern design in Northern California, SFMOMA was an inaugural part in the creation of Colleen Mauer Designs.
We love nothing more than staple, can’t-live-without-it jewelry. Donning our fave pieces dailyis simply the core of CMD. Alas, over time, our sparklers get less sparkly—as all metals tend to do. Never fear, dear readers! We have the perfect, au naturale solution to DIY jewelry cleaning.
The CMD studio is buzzing as always; though it was tough to give up a precious hour of sleep last night, we are welcoming spring with open arms. Longer days for late-night beach walks, dinner at dusk, a glass of wine alfresco at 8pm… we’re swooning already.
Happy New Year from CMD! We’re so grateful for the changes and triumphs we experienced in 2014, and simply can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead. This year we plan to discover new inspirations while staying true to our signature aesthetic.