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Happy 100th Birthday, Gram!

Happy 100th Birthday, Gram!

July 27, 2017

This is a very special week, as my beloved grandma turns 100 years old on July 29! Does she look incredible or what!? I feel so grateful that my life has been surrounded by strong, inspiring women, and my grandma is a huge part of that unshakeable foundation.

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Staff Spotlight: Sam, Production Artist

Staff Spotlight: Sam, Production Artist

July 20, 2017

Sam is creative and curious (and even moonlights as a tattoo artist). She cites our Black & Gold Mini Inflecto Necklace as one of her favorite CMD pieces because of the asymmetry and gold/oxidized silver juxtaposition. Sam’s a rockstar at her job, and we are all so glad she’s part of the team.

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Sketching Forth

Sketching Forth

July 13, 2017

While our retail side is open Tuesday-Saturday, every Monday is a dedicated behind-the-scenes sketching day—even on days when creative inspiration is lacking. Those times are often when fresh ideas spring forth. Without a clear vision in mind, sitting down to sketch circles is unforced and lends itself to new thoughts. 

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Hoops in the Summer

Hoops in the Summer

July 03, 2017

These earrings rarely leave our lobes from June through September. Whether we’re out for a night on the town, making jewelry in the studio or just tucking our toes in the sand, these shiny hoops are quite literally by our sides. (Plus, they’re an especially lovely complement to a floppy beach hat.)

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Warm Weather Style

Warm Weather Style

June 08, 2017

Summer may not (quite) be here, but recent sunshiny days have us dreaming of long warm nights draped in layered jewelry and breezy fabrics. No matter what the climate, squared rings and hammered bangles are always in season. These bold rings make a statement, especially when paired with light-colored fabrics.

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Team Spotlight: Samantha, Jewelry Extraordinaire

Team Spotlight: Samantha, Jewelry Extraordinaire

May 25, 2017

This post is all about Samantha, our kind of “new kid on the block” who actually became part of the CMD story many years ago. Colleen first met Samantha when she was working at the art store Collector in Berkeley. CMD jewelry was sold at Collector, and Samantha was a passionate advocate of the brand.

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

May 16, 2017

We’re grateful to spend each day working with our hands and stretching our creativity. The benchmark of Colleen Mauer Designs is hand-crafted design, and our pieces take many forms—quite literally and figuratively—from sketches on a pad to finished jewelry. 

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The Future is Female

The Future is Female

April 13, 2017

CMD runs on woman power, and we’re all the stronger for it. We were delighted to spend the last few days at our New York Production Studio, all the way across the country from our San Francisco HQ. While we may span time zones, our common passions, worth ethics and respect for one another keep us closely tied together. 

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Interactive Jewelry Design

Interactive Jewelry Design

March 23, 2017

While we offer several variations of pre-made stacks, CMD also offers dozens of individual rings at our Ring Bar. This is a fun and creative way for our clients to participate in “interactive design” and put together stacks that are 100% personalized for them.

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Behind the Scenes: TRI collection

Behind the Scenes: TRI collection

February 23, 2017

Our TRI collection has quickly become a signature CMD style, and we’re often asked how we achieve the tri-toned effect within a single piece. We love taking you behind-the-scenes in the studio, so read on to learn about the process that brings TRI to life.

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Staff Picks: Sam’s Favorites

Staff Picks: Sam’s Favorites

February 16, 2017

Showcasing silver and rose gold with a hint of oxidized silver, she styles this piece uniquely by pairing it with a little black dress, chain resting against her neck, and the arc hanging on her back. Sam names this sleek and simple piece as a staple in her wardrobe.

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This is How We Process

This is How We Process

January 20, 2017

I’m often asked about the design process, and I must admit it always starts the same way—with prisma-colored pencils, a BIC mechanical pencil, and blank sheets of paper of any size. This is the foolproof trifecta that’s served me well over the years. When I sit down to design, I just start sketching away...

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