SUN & SELENE is:
adornment for the modern goddess
powered by the influence of the sun + moon (selene)
astrology + beyond
an ever growing collection
to effortlessly adorn + empower
This design studio was created by Brittanny Chanel DeRaffele (Phipps) + is based in Richmond, Va. With a degree from Radford University in fashion merchandising/design, along with a minor in studio art/metalsmithing, it was a natural progression after college to merge the two into a career.
From the beginning, designing under her namesake, DeRaffele was creating pieces that embodied the visions of classic, mythological, goddesses; designed for modern day. The idea of an ancient people being adorned with jewelry crafted of metal + gemstones, long before the conveniences of modern tools, has always intrigued + inspired the design process.
As a Cancer, with Leo Moon + Leo rising, DeRaffele has always been influenced by the glowing energies of the sun + moon. (Cancer's ruling planet is the Moon, while Leo's ruling planet is the Sun...you could say it was written in the stars).SELENE, the goddess + ancient personification of the moon, was the inspiration for the first ring in the collection that started this journey + 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, + finished; each piece that comes out of the studio is crafted by DeRaffele in small batches + uses majority recycled metals with responsibly sourced gemstones. For more on the metals + jewelry care click here