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Hawaii Inspired Fashion Styled Editorial | Simon & Ruby Artisan Jewelry | Studio Notes

It’s been a month of excitement and noteworthy benchmarks here at Simon and Ruby. We just celebrated our 10th (TENTH TENTH TENTH) anniversary, and our newest collection, Hanalei, just launched. In this season of new and nostalgic alike we’ve been thinking about the aspects of this business we most love.

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ON THE WORKBENCH: Blue Chalcedony

Ice Blue Chalcedony | Semi Precious Stone

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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Gate A-4 // Inspired

Gate A4 Poem | Naomi Shihab Nye

A couple of years ago, this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye was sent to me. Her words struck a chord so deep within my heart that it changed me. There hasn’t been a time since that I’ve been able to read it without shedding tears. And forget it if I try to read it out loud. I’m instantly a mess.

Lately, I’ve found myself feeling overwhelmingly tired.

I’m tired of seeing unkind words hurled back and forth.

I’m tired of hearing each day’s news filled with tragedy.

I’m tired of feeling like my actions can’t make a difference.

And then I have a conversation with a friend. Or a stranger goes out of their way to be kind. Or I see people taking a stand to fight for the dignity & welfare of others. And my hope is renewed.

I wanted to share this poem because it gave me hope. I have it hanging in my studio as a reminder – that we can make a difference with patience & kindness & generosity. That it doesn’t always take eloquent words & a huge platform in front of the masses to help. Sometimes it is as simple as a cookie, a hug & a smile.

xo, Lindsay

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Growth | Studio Notes

Monstera Leaf | Hawaiian Jungle PlantsThe islands, themselves covered in black and gray rock formations, grow rich, lush jungles dripping with flowers and full of life. Rock shouldn’t be able to grow anything that beautifully, and especially not rock so regularly heaved up from the earth’s mantle. Yet, hot and tumultuous, it’s produced paradise.

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Embracing the Unknown // Studio Notes

Freshwater Cave Kauai | Hanalei Hawaii Travel Photography

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.

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OPEN // Studio Notes

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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ON THE WORKBENCH: Amethyst

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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ON THE WORKBENCH // Picture Jasper

Picture Jasper | Semi Precious Stone | On the Workbench

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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STUDIO NOTES // Celebrating 9 years of Simon & Ruby

Sketchbook Jewelry | Modern Bohemian | Simon & Ruby

What started as a creative outlet, soon grew into a business and then took over my life… in the best way possible. If you asked me 9 years ago, when I first heard about Etsy, when I was working yet another retail management job, if this is where we’d be today? I would have laughed at you. But here we are and it’s been a crazy 9 years. In celebration of everything it has taken to get to where we are today, I thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane…

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ON THE WORKBENCH // Agate

Agate | Modern Bohemian Jewelry

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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