SUN & SELENE was created by Brittanny DeRaffele and is based in Richmond, Virginia. She was born in Texas, but because she is from a Caribbean lineage, the Virgin Islands are in her blood and continue to draw her to the beauty of the ocean, the sun, and the tropics.
Brittanny started her first semi-collection of pieces with a vision of classic goddesses and the stories surrounding them; designed for modern day. The idea of an ancient people being adorned with jewelry crafted of metal and gemstones, long before the conveniences of modern tools, has always fascinated and inspired her design process. With a degree from Radford University (2010) in fashion merchandising and design, along with a minor in studio art and metalsmithing, she knew it was a natural progression after college to merge the two into a career.
SELENE, the goddess and ancient personification of the moon, was the inspiration for the first ring in the collection that started this journey and sparked the evolution of the current line.
In January 2017, the full renaissance of the brand was complete and SUN & SELENE was born.
Carefully hand fabricated, hammered, polished, and finished; each piece that comes out of the studio is crafted by hand in small batches using recycled metals and natural gemstones.
GAIA was the goddess and personification of the Earth, the divine mother of all.
everyday gold and diamond pebble studs. handcrafted in recycled solid 14k gold with round salt & pepper diamond, approx. 1.7mm stone
natural diamonds are elements of our earth from billions of years past. a supreme gemstone with a high vibration that can amplify its surrounding energies. to bring love, abundance and strength into new beginnings and relationships. white diamonds bring it’s pure prism of light to cleanse auras and black diamond carries a protective energy with it’s cosmic shadow side. black diamonds are thought to have been created from stars that have burned out and those fragments were brought to earth billions of years ago by meteorite.
sterling silver ear posts and hypoallergenic silicone backs for a snug, comfort fit
hand crafted, no two pieces will be exactly alike.
easy, chic and of the earth
+ Sun & Selene sources their diamonds from trusted sources working in accordance with the Kimberly Process*, independent and family owned stone cutters, or recycled from heirloom or estate jewelry. *The Kimberley Process (KP) unites administrations, civil societies, and industry in reducing the flow of conflict diamonds around the world
+ each Sun & Selene piece comes with a lifetime of any needed repairs, sizing, cleaning, or polishing. customs or questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Description and photos by Brittanny DeRaffele