Meet Julie Grimes of Solstice Design Studio

Julie Grimes - Solstice Design Studio

The moment your baby is born, if you’re like me, you want to capture every second and store it away in your memory forever because each moment is so precious. Special keepsakes are a great way to make tangible memories which is why I love the jewelry designed by Julie Grimes of Solstice Design Studio. Each piece is designed for moms or moms-to-be and is handcrafted individually to create a sentimental gift that will be forever cherished. Solstice Design Studio is most known for their famous Heart-n-Sole necklace which features a pair of strap baby shoes playfully dangling within a heart and can be found on along with many other styles from her collection. You can choose between multiple stone colors and diamond or polished hearts for a look that is all your own. This custom made jewelry allows you to keep the memories and moments of you and your little one close at heart all the time.

And now, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Julie Grimes as she comments on the inspiration behind her line. Enjoy!

Susie Fougerousse

How would you define Solstice Design Studios’ style philosophy?
Our philosophy is simply, “will it touch your heart?” Moms cry when they receive our pieces.  When that stops happening, we’ve gone in the wrong direction.

What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?
My family has been in the jewelry business for generations. When I graduated from University of Arizona, many friends came to me to help them with engagement rings.  Word of mouth led from one ring to another and the business really started itself.

Why did you choose to design and make jewelry?
When my daughters were born, I created a necklace for myself.  Everywhere I went, from coffee shops to airports, moms always asked where they could get one. So, the Heart-n-Sole necklace collection was born. Since then, I’ve added the Love Letters collection and Charmed collections. Each piece is special and expresses what’s in your heart.

Heart-n-Sole Diamond Necklace

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
Being included in the most important events of a person’s life is such an honor!  I’m part of engagements, births, and anniversaries.  I get thank you calls from gushing brides and pictures from beaming brand new moms.  What could be better?

If you had to pick a favorite item from your collection, what would it be?
That’s an impossible question. Each piece is so personal.  I guess I would have to say the original full diamond version of the Heart-n-Sole necklace (diamond heart with diamond baby shoes) as that’s what I originally designed for myself for my daughters.

Love Letter Necklace

What sets Solstice Design Studio’s collection apart from other keepsake jewelry designers?
We don’t just design and sell jewelry, or stamp a letter into metal. Every piece from Solstice Design Studio expresses what’s in your heart.  Every piece is lovingly hand finished for the mom who will cherish wearing it.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
Last year we launched the Love Letters and Charmed collections. The response has been overwhelming. We look forward to those lines growing.

Now…Just for Fun
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite TV Show: Currently, The Voice.
Favorite Movie: Too many to name. Avatar should have won best picture last year.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Tennis, Golf, and listening to live music
Favorite Band: I’m all over the place from Blues to Green Day. I love most music!

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