Jamie Hollier has spent the last year introducing artisan-made jewelry through to the community through her shop, Balefire Goods in Olde Town Arvada. On the first anniversary of the shop opening, she …
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WHAT: Balefire Goods First Anniversary Party
WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
WHERE: Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview Ave., Arvada
INFO: This event will also mark the in-person launch of the new commitment line, Kindle.
Jamie Hollier has spent the last year introducing artisan-made jewelry through to the community through her shop, Balefire Goods in Olde Town Arvada.
On the first anniversary of the shop opening, she will also be launching a new line of commitment jewelry, called Kindle.
“We're calling it a commitment line — a lot of people talk about bridal jewelry, but not all commitments involve a wedding and not all commitments involve a women,” Hollier said. “Instead we are calling it a commitment line because we feel like that's more inclusive for all the different types of couples out there.”
To create the line Hollier, a metalsmith, partnered with Jamie McLandsborough, who has worked as a bench jeweler for the last 20 years.
“She's doing good things in the industry,” McLandsborough said of Hollier and her shop. “I like to partner up with people who have a solid ethic and who want to bring good things into the world. Jamie is one of those people.”
Hollier said the line caters to the Colorado lifestyle and couples who may want to exchange rings rather than have a full wedding.
According to The Knot's 2017 Real Weddings Study released in February, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. was $33,391 last year. But formal weddings have steadily decreased from 2009 to 2017.
The line is focused on clean, classic lines that have a bit of a modern esthetic, are easy to wear and can be customized. Customizations include a variety of ethically-sourced stones and metal work.
“We were talking about creating this line to give an alternate style option that we feel was more in alignment with things that won't go out of style and aren't high maintenance,” Hollier said. “Something you want to wear for the rest of your life and something that will hold up.”
One element Hollier says makes the rings more wearable is the incorporation of a European shank — a flattened bottom on the underside of the finger, which prevents the ring from turning.
Balefire released six sample rings in October and will have a formal in person launch of the line at the one-year anniversary party planned for Nov. 17.
Another special event in November is that Balefire will be hosting the Colorado Metalsmithing Association all-member show featuring 15 metal smiths from across the state. These artists will be added to the almost 40 jewelry artists already found at Balefire.
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