Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dream Chasers: Rachael Ryen Jewelry + Giveaway

So excited for November's Edition of Dream Chasers--my monthly series featuring small businesses that are chasing their passion and making their dreams a reality!

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Rachael Ryen Jewelry. Rachael is seriously a sweetheart and her pieces are nothing short of stunning! She uses high quality material and prides herself on craftsmanship. I really wanted to work with her, because I love that her jewels are classic pieces, but not so expensive that you can't afford it, or only wear it on special occasions.

The ring she sent me hasn't left my finger for days (no green marks in sight!) and the gold material she used totally shines! The gemstone itself is so unique and like nothing I have worn before. Check out below as she shares her story.

{Ring: c/o Rachael Ryen Jewelry}{Sweater: Charlotte Russe (not online) cardi version}
{Pants: Limited Similar (on sale!)} {Necklace: Edith Marie} {Shoes: Target}

Tell me about your business and why you choose to get into this field of work?

  • I’m the founder and designer of Rachael Ryen Jewelry. With my line I focus on creating understated, but beautiful jewelry using high quality metals and genuine stones. My pieces are often smaller and more delicate, though I do have a few statement pieces in the collection. As for how I chose this career, I really fell into jewelry as somewhat of an accident. I worked in the corporate world for 13 years and started making jewelry on the side. My entire family is creative, so I figured it was a matter of time until I found my outlet, but I never imagined I’d be fortunate enough to make a career out of my passion.

Is this your full time job or do you have 9-5?

  • Last year I moved to Boston with my now fiancĂ© and at that time I decided to give up my corporate career and give jewelry a shot full time. It’s been a lot of work, but the line is finally getting a lot of attention which is a wonderful feeling.

3.What is the most rewarding part of owning your own business?

  • My customers and the notes I get from them telling me how much they love their new piece. It means the world to me when someone takes the time to send a few thoughtful words and kind feedback. I especially love receiving pictures from brides of them in their jewelry on such a special day!
What are some challenges you have faced?

  • Limited time and resources. I think these are the most common problems that all business owners face when starting out. I thought when I moved to jewelry full time that I’d have plenty of time to get everything done. The reality is there is more to running a business than anyone person can do in a single day.

What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?

  • Take action and do it. Know that it won’t be easy (if it was, everyone would do it), but it will be worth it.
What is your favorite item in your shop?

  •  It’s so hard to choose just one item. I have a thing for baguettes and trillion shapes, so my two favorites currently are the 5 stone baguette necklace and the trillion pave stud earrings. 
So I wasn't lying when I said she was amazing right?! Enter the Giveaway below :)



  1. My favorite is 14k Gold Letter Charm Necklace "M".

  2. Love this boho look on you! Those pieces are gorgeous and stand out perfectly against your cream and black.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  3. I love that sweater! Great giveaway! Entered!!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. I love that sweater! It looks so comfy and cozy! I love the fringe on the bottom too!! Great giveaway!

    <3, Pamela

  5. Hi! So many beautiful things! One of my favourit items is the petite Square Black Onyx Gemstone Stud Earrings. Thank you!

  6. Beautiful pieces! Love that necklace :)

  7. Oh and my FAVE piece, probably the Aqua Chalcedony Emerald Cut necklace, stunning.

  8. such a cute look!

    giveaway on my blog

  9. Seriously dying over that sweater!! So dang cute! And that ring is amazing!

    <3 Shannon

  10. that fringe top in the! fantastic outfit! looking super cute as always!

  11. Love the ring, the stone is so pretty and really stands out!! You are killing the boho vibe this week girl;) Going to go check out her shop now.

  12. That is the most gorgeous sweater. So fun and unique and the hippie headband is perfect for this look.

    Happy November Tori!

  13. I love this necklace.

  14. These highlights are great, it's so admirable when someone embarks on their own small business, a lot of hard work and dedication for sure. I love the ring, it's small but its beautiful color really pops even from afar!

  15. That ring is gorgeous - love it! Totally loving your headband as well, adorable!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  16. Love this whole look! The top is gorgeous and the jewlery goes perfectly!

  17. Cute Ring! The color is gorgeous. Thanks for introducing this brand!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  18. the color turquoise is absolutely gorgeous!

    Brittani and Katie

  19. LOVE this sweater! So perfect for fall!

    - Sarah :)

  20. What a pretty ring! I love how you styled it with your sweater!

  21. love the way you styled this outfit! The turquoise jewelry is a perfect addition!

  22. I love the Moonstone Cushion Cut Gold Framed Stud Earrings! I would love to wear them on my wedding day.

  23. Hi Tori!I love the ring and the necklace! The color is just perfect with your outfit!


  24. The jewelry is gorgeous....and I love your top, so pretty and unique!

  25. Beautiful jewelry and the turquoise really pops with your outfit. So pretty:)


  26. I LOVE rachael ryen jewelery! That turquoise piece is BEAUTIFUL!

  27. That look is adorable! I cannot pull off those headbands, but you wear yours so well!

  28. Her jewellery is absolutely stunning! The rings are all gorgeous, but I think my fave has to be the labradorite gold ring - beautiful!

    Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  29. I really really like that necklace! And it looks awesome with your super cool sweater!

  30. I love the turquoise jewelry, and the sweater is a fun piece - love the fringe!

    Chic on the Cheap

  31. I love the Aqua Chalcedony Emerald Cut Art Deco Gold necklace. It's pretty and really would go with a lot of outfits I have.

  32. I am so behind on my blog reading! I love this look! Love this series and this jewelry is beautiful! Great interview! xo

  33. Love your blog and especially this combo! Would be great if you could check out my blog. ♥


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