Embracing the Unknown // Studio Notes

December 24, 2017

There is so much beauty to the unknown. It’s why we get on airplanes and travel to far-off places for the very first time, and then why we go back year after year. The beauty of new lands, the beauty of who we become there, the beauty of who surrounds us, and the beauty of the question of what next are so enveloping and can become so warm that they, in themselves, become a sort of home.

Travel brings us home and makes us new in that we continue to meet ourselves in each experience of the unknown. Each step forward into the land of possibility and away from the land of comfort makes us better, makes us smarter, makes us more ourselves. It is with each new step that we can embrace a sense of home within ourselves.

In knowing ourselves thoroughly and lovingly — in stepping into opportunities of what is foreign and new — it becomes so easy and so beautiful to find ourselves in new communities and to accept new faces into our own. Even in the tentative understandings of that which is foreign, and those whose lives and likenesses are very much different than our own, we are able to embrace so much beauty and so much understanding of ourselves, of the world, and of knowledge and compassion as we expand our realities within both.

This holiday season is a warm reminder of what can happen when we stand tall in our love for others and when we realize there is more than enough to go around. This year has seen so much change, dissent, and creative and loving response to both. Simon and Ruby is a company rooted in the growth, the love, the experience, and heart found within travel. We believe in the beauty of the unknown, and know first hand how dearly we can hold what was once terrifying as a new and integral part of our hearts. It takes an adventurous outlook and a tender openness to surge forth into the experience of what’s new and make it a home, and it’s such a phenomenal home in which to land.

I don’t know what comes next. I assume to know how it will; we will keep working hard, we’ll keep taking things as they come, we’ll love deeply, and we’ll keep dreaming. We’ll stand tall in the love we hold for others, for ourselves, and for the work we do. Even in knowing that, the beauty of not knowing is so great, and such a warm rush of possibility and of joy.

This season, we welcome you to join us. Embrace all the things you don’t know, and exercise love as you embrace the beauty — and swallow the fear — of the unknown. There is so much goodness here.

OPEN // Studio Notes

November 14, 2017

We play a road trip game called “I’m about that.” Laura and I played it on the way to Atlanta market this year, and it’s a new winner. It’s the easiest game — you say, “I’m about” and then you fill it in with anything. ANYTHING.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // #SRONTHEROAD

November 7, 2017

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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In Bloom // Simon & Ruby Jewelry Lookbook

September 1, 2017

When New Orleans artist (& friend!), Ashlee Nell Rivalto stopped by Nashville, we took full advantage & shot a style lookbook. We met Ashlee a couple of years ago in New Orleans when we were there for the Being Boss Vacation & hit it off immediately. This kind hearted, free spirited lady has impeccable style that is a mix of southern classic and breezy bohemian. We just knew that our jewels & her style would make a killer cocktail.

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SIREN PT. 3 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

July 5, 2017

“Fortu, shall we sail there together
And see from the sides
Quite new rocks show their faces—new haunts
Where the siren abides?
Shall we sail round and round them, close over
The rocks, though unseen,
That ruffle the grey glassy water
To glorious green?
Then scramble from splinter to splinter,
Reach land and explore,
On the largest, the strange square black turret
With never a door,
Just a loop to admit the quick lizards;
Then, stand there and hear
The birds’ quiet singing, that tells us
What life is, so clear!
The secret they sang to Ulysses, When, ages ago,
He heard and he knew this life’s secret, I hear and I know!”
– John Keats

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SIREN PT. 2 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

July 1, 2017

Her allure is enough to bring a vessel to the shallows. She’s enough to bring a man to his knees. A temptress, she’s divine yet dangerous and the subject of every bold myth and warning. Her love is a charm, but, loudly, it’s hailed as a deathtrap at worst and at best as a distraction.

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SIREN PT. 1 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

June 1, 2017

“I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me. 
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves 
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us…” 
– T.S. Eliot

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ON THE WORKBENCH: Amethyst

May 5, 2017

So, if you’ve been around for a bit, you know that we’re just a teeny obsessed with stones. Like, it might be a bit of a problem. But, we’ve obviously figured out the perfect way to feed the obsession – designing jewelry that focuses on the beauty of natural stones. We want to share a few of our favorites and a little bit of interesting info about them. 

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TRAVEL DIARY Libby Oellerich // #SRONTHEROAD

April 14, 2017

New Mexico Travel Diary Libby Oellerich | Simon & Ruby Jewelry

For 6 days, my mom and I ventured into the northern region of New Mexico to explore her family history and see what the desert country was all about! With over 600 photos, a few souvenirs and stories with twists and turns, I am so thrilled to share with you my trip to Taos and Santa Fe!

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ON THE WORKBENCH // Picture Jasper

April 5, 2017

So, if you’ve been around for a bit, you know that we’re just a teeny obsessed with stones. Like, it might be a bit of a problem. But, we’ve obviously figured out the perfect way to feed the obsession – designing jewelry that focuses on the beauty of natural stones. We want to share a few of our favorites and a little bit of interesting info about them. 

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