Staff Picks: Sam’s Favorites

CMD is full of strong ladies that bring the brand to life, and we love highlighting each of them. It’s a pleasure to introduce our blog readers to Sam, one of the newer members of our team.

Sam grew up in the Bay Area, and after a 2-year stint in LA, she’s back in the bay and an enthusiastic part of CMD. She’s known Colleen awhile (since their meeting at an art shop in Berkeley four years ago). She’s dived right into the flow and was an enormous help at our recent NYNOW show

Sam has a couple favorite pieces, the first being the long TRI-toned arc necklace. Showcasing silver and rose gold with a hint of oxidized silver, she styles this piece uniquely by pairing it with a little black dress, chain resting against her neck, and the arc hanging on her back. Sam names this sleek and simple piece as a staple in her wardrobe

She also admires the 7-stack TRI square densa rings, citing the juxtaposition of soft and hard elements as its greatest versatility. (She especially loves the rose and yellow gold combination.) And she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the 10-stack rounded tri-color rounded rings, the first “adult” jewelry she bought herself several years ago.

Sam notes being around strong, creative women is one of greatest perks of CMD, and she welcomes what the future will bring, saying “I’m excited to see the brand grow!” Welcome, Sam!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gifts by CMD

A little surprise and delight are just what Valentine’s Day calls for. If you’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow and are searching for the perfect gift for your special someone, look no further than CMD’s romantic TRI collection. Our map-inspired topography earrings above are a great start…

…while our (lucky number) 7-stack round rings are the perfect gift for someone who likes to shake up their style. Stack ‘em up all on one finger, or split them among all 10 of your digits for individual style.

For those who gravitate towards the delicate and softer things in life, our mini arc necklace—complete with an adjustable chain—fits the bill. Tied up with our signature twine gift wrapping, it’s guaranteed to please.

And for the marvelous minimalist in your life, might we suggest our 3-loop interlocking bangle. This set proudly displays yellow gold, rose gold and silver metal, and the hammered bracelets are also available in size small for petite wrists.

Have you found inspiration in our best-selling TRI collection pieces above? We’d love to hear what Valentine’s Day gifts you chose in the comments below!

This is How we Process

There are so many things I love about being a designer, but I will forever be amazed and delighted when I see the concepts in my mind turn into a physical piece of jewelry in my hand. As anyone who’s been to The Showroom knows, the CMD staff loves displaying and sharing our handmade pieces while they’re still in their infancy (read: not quite a necklace yet, but more than just a piece of metal).

I’m often asked about the design process, and I must admit it always starts the same way—with prisma-colored pencils, a BIC mechanical pencil, and blank sheets of paper of any size. This is the foolproof trifecta that’s served me well over the years. When I sit down to design, I just start sketching away: ideas of shapes, sizes, color palettes and all sorts of combinations. Quickly thereafter I bring out the torch and put flame to metal.

When I’m sketching my mind works in broad strokes, allowing all my creative thoughts to pour onto the paper. Once I’m working with the metal, all attention goes to detail and aspects of proportion and wearability. Sometimes what I envisioned isn’t just quite right in execution, and then I make tweaks until the piece is perfect. There’s a certain type of freedom in allowing the metal itself to guide me to the final piece.

Once the sample is complete, we essentially head straight to market! I cherish creating and selling handmade jewelry, and I love sharing this craft with our bicoastal production teams in California and New York. If you’re ever in San Francisco, swing by The Showroom and check out the sketches hanging on the wall of our production studio. We’d love to share our latest creations with you!

O Christmas Tree

As the year winds down and we look forward to 2017, we want to take a moment to thank each of you for supporting small business this year. We’re appreciative of each of one of you!

Our very favorite part of the holiday season (next to spending it with friends and family) is the Christmas tree itself. Snuggling up next to it, wine glass in hand, cozy blanket over our lap and view of the Pacific Ocean from our window is simply the perfect way to spend a night in December. No matter how late the work day—and during the holidays, it can be pretty late—we head straight home and sit beside the tree. It’s also become a personal tradition to keep it up as long as possible.

We have full, thankful hearts and we hope that you also had a happy, blessed holiday season. See you in the new year!

For the elves working overtime…

As we bustle right through 2016 and prepare ourselves for a joyful New Year, CMD wants to remind you that we’re here to help with all your last minute holiday shopping needs! We’re proud to say the versatile designs of our TRI collection will delight ladies of any style, but if you need assistance picking the perfect piece just drop us a note or give us a call at 415.637.7762. And if you’re looking for a pretty present under $150, check out our gift guide.  We’d love to help you find the right gift!

Remember we’re offering FREE SHIPPING the entire month of December, no promo code required. And for all of Santa’s helpers scrambling at the eleventh hour, don’t worry—all orders placed before 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 18 are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve.

Wishing you and yours happy shopping and a peaceful holiday season!