Colleen Mauer, Jewelry Designer

In 2001, with a BS in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech College of Architecture under by belt, and my first design job at a small furniture company on the horizon, I headed west for California. Everything was going according to plan—so I was surprised when my intuition began to nudge me in a totally different direction. After a year of planning, I hit the road again, this time for a six-month trip all over the world. Backpacking around, collecting vivid experiences, I returned home with the confidence that I could take my passion for design in a totally new direction.
Flash forward nearly fifteen years, and jewelry design is the center around which my inspiration spins. Texture, color, sound, and the natural world are my tools for transforming simple materials into cohesive, elegant collections. My design aesthetic celebrates clean geometries and effortless angles, and I love creating collections that complement any style—from casual and everyday, to chic and timeless. One of my greatest joys is the transformation of an idea in my head into a piece that becomes part of someone’s everyday look. I invite you to take a look around—it would be my pleasure for you to discover the next piece of jewelry you can’t live without!