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.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: approx. 4” drop with sterling silver posts. Plays well with the Gaia studs for multiple piercings. Handcrafted in either 14k gold fill or sterling silver.
IRIS was the personification of the rainbow and goddess of sky and sea. a messenger goddess to the Olympians and handmaiden to HERA, she was also known to be a bearer of water that replenished the clouds after a rain from the ocean.
+ 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