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A letter from Harmony Scott on the Closing of Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

A letter from Harmony Scott on the Closing of Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

July 30, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO -- On September 6, I will be closing Harmony Scott Jewelry and moving on from one of the most important chapters of my life. 

This business has always been an expression of my heart, spirit and creativity. The past 20+ years have been a beautiful journey, and I am definitely feeling deep tenderness saying goodbye!  

It's bittersweet to finalize this chapter, close the doors and step into the future without the steady presence of Harmony Scott Jewelry in downtown Carbondale. 

I hope you will come celebrate with us the whole month of August, and stop in to say goodbye and enjoy our closing sale before our final day of business on September 6th! 

I want to thank Carbondale, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, and all of the people who have supported us for 20+ years: my clients & fans around the world, my staff, friends & family. You have all made this journey so rich and fulfilling!

I am honored to be a part of so many mutually beneficial relationships in the business, arts, and non-profit community in the Roaring Fork Valley! 

I am incredibly proud our jewelry has touched your special moments, holidays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and gifts from the heart and impacted multiple generations of tender special memories of shared love, affection and celebrations of beauty.

I am so grateful to Crystal Colantino, Claire de L’Arbre and Holly Hutton who are such a wonderful team in the Carbondale store. They are the beating heart of the business and we have built such beautiful and rich relationships over the years with our many clients and fans nationwide! 

I was so fortunate to work side by side with kind, skilled and dedicated craftspeople in Bali who brought my designs into reality and shared their artistry with so many of you. 

Evolution is something I believe in, on both a Universal scale and a deeply personal level. The last years have held rapid growth and change in my private journey along with the jewelry business.

For those who are wondering, I am now focusing 100% on the career I have been building as a love, sexuality and relationship coach. 

Even as my focus shifted from physical adornment into more emotional and psychological healing, what has not changed is my desire to help people unlock, uncover and celebrate their unique contributions of beauty in the world. 

What is more important than our soulful human connections, communication, and intimacy? 

I have a tremendous gift to share with my clients around the world, supporting them in their love, sexuality and relationships. This is such a nourishing and fulfilling path for me as a creative being supporting others in a wholehearted way! 

It has been a deep, deep honor and I'm so grateful. Thank you.

Many Blessings, 

Harmony Scott

 

Claire's Journey with Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

Claire's Journey with Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

10 Years of Harmony Scott Jewelry through Claire's Eyes

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10 years ago, my life changed

There was a moment that preceded my arrival to the Roaring Fork Valley 10 years ago that I couldn’t forget. On my way into Aspen, at the top of Independence Pass, a distinct voice whispered to me, “Welcome Home.” I’d like to say I took the message with grace, but I pulled my car over, 2,000 miles into the journey from Boston, jumped out, looked around like I was being pranked. And said out loud, “Weird. I have another 1,000 miles to go,” and descended into the valley to see my sister. What a weekend it was, and I decided the life laid out ahead of me wasn’t what I wanted. So, I cancelled it. And now (then), I was looking for a path that felt unequivocally “mine.”

After a few days, I called Harmony Scott Jewelry Design to ask if "they" were hiring. They weren't, off-season and all. What neither Harmony nor I knew at the time was that her shop manager of 10 years, Collin Arnold (you remember, Collin!), was planning to go to nursing school in December, and had been looking for her replacement. She found her in me. 

I got a part-time job at Harmony’s, and worked dinners at the now-closed Red Onion. They shared a back alley, so I would talk to Harmony’s clients during the day, and often see them at The Red O later that night, transformed in all black, wearing an apron lined with pens, my hair pulled back, but same jewelry. Sometimes I’d see them later that night, for a third time, at The Belly Up. Sometimes they’d “see” me. Sometimes not. 

And so it all began.

Journeying full circle. 

When the Aspen shop closed, Harmony and I realized our journey wasn’t done, so we morphed together. She supported me in starting my current marketing and consulting business to work with the small-business-creatives of this place. I moved from Aspen to Basalt to Carbondale, enjoying aspects of the valley unique to each community. I love Carbondale, but I do miss walking to Ajax most winter mornings, then walking to work, and going home 15 hours later, exhausted but fulfilled. It was a time for my 20s.

There’s been something about the steadiness of "Harmony’s" in my adult life, and my childhood, for that matter. The first time I met Harmony was in the Carbondale shop. I was about 12 (I’m 32, now). I came in with my mom, an HSJD aficionado, and found a little ribbon necklace with a pearl. She told me if I was able to keep that through the Summer without losing it, I could get something “bigger.” Driven to earn my status as a jewelry wearer, I kept that necklace (and still have it).

And, so began my love of Harmony’s jewelry so many years ago, rooted in that special feeling that I was worthy of wearing it, of being supported and beautified and goddessed by it. So began a long stream of compliments and comments from strangers and friends, and so began the beginning of my future career. That moment steered me away from my own jewelry business towards business school, but I came back to Harmony.

End of an era

As I celebrate this anniversary, I’m also celebrating the closing of this chapter, as Harmony Scott Jewelry Design’s last day open is September 6th.

I managed Harmony’s Aspen shop for 4 years in 3 locations, with 2 trips to Bali and 1 new website. I took part in countless photoshoots: scouting locations, dressing our Goddesses, straightening jewelry, dabbing lip gloss, and joining in photos. I met hundreds of our sweet, beautiful customers, and I'll miss you. I already do. 

It’s hard to wrap up something that becomes such a part of your life. It’s hard to imagine what holes will appear in the tapestry of my days. It’s sad not to have the store as a go-to place on Main Street. It’s odd to imagine a future where I don’t talk to Crystal, the shop manager and one my best friends, on a nearly daily basis. It’s sobering to think about that community of men and women who come together in appreciation of beauty, gifts, and love disbanding without a place to gather. But, I know we’ll find each other through the beacon and the conversations that always begin with, “Is that a Harmony?” It’s quite a community that has been built over these 23 years, brought together by Harmony’s creations.

 

Thank you for seeing me

I want to thank Harmony for all she did for me and with me.

She saw an opportunity in me, a capability that blossomed under her guidance and care. She showed me how to look for and manage the details in visual design, in maintenance, in communication, in beauty. She let me learn and do and learn and do, again and again, under her watch and dime. She took me to the other side of the world to Bali, opened her space and life, drove me around on a motorbike until I was ready for my own. She told me about the magic of encompassing my being in white light to pass through darkness. She took me to sacred water temples, introduced me to ecstatic dance, showed me the world she had been discovering for a decade and gave me an instant-access-pass and a written and personal guide. She gave me patience, and presence, and ski passes and jewelry, the greatest benefits I could have imagined. She sat with me through difficult conversations, and life changes, and met me, and saw me. She listened to me through my 20s as I found and lost and found myself.

And now, I see the journey she was on while she supported me in mine. It’s coming to fruition, and her desires of something new and even greater are manifesting. And so, it’s hard to be sad that this era is ending knowing so much beauty is unfolding. I look forward to these times of creation. Of growth. Of expansion and soul-filling joy and purpose. I look forward to seeing where Harmony, Crystal, Holly, and I go. I know we will each continue to Adorn the Goddess Within, but in a different light, and a new way.

I don’t think Harmony knows this, but in high school when asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I never had an exact answer, but I referenced this woman in Aspen who had a jewelry business and travelled to Bali twice a year. And I thought, “Yeah. That’s the life.” And now, as she dives in to a business that allows her to help the inner goddess shine as a love, sexuality, and relationship coach while living in Spain with her amazing husband, I wouldn’t change my answer. Thank you for your bravery and vision. 

While I am not filling her shoes and taking over the business with Crystal, Harmony has inspired me to build that travel into my life, to have the autonomy and responsibility and freedom of self-employment. She has taught me to create my own path rather than walk down someone else’s. It’s a hard road, but it’s a beautiful one. 

Harmony, thank you. Without your faith and trust in me, I would not have blossomed as I have, with so much beauty in my world. Wishing you the greatest good from the highest powers. Wishing you a full, vibrant, successful, supported and fulfilling future.

Thank you.

With Love,

Claire

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PRESS RELEASE: Harmony Scott Jewelry Design Closing After 23 Years

PRESS RELEASE: Harmony Scott Jewelry Design Closing After 23 Years

August 2, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO – Harmony Scott Jewelry Design, a staple of historic downtown Carbondale, is permanently closing its doors on September 6, 2021. Harmony Scott’s 23 years of jewelry design has been a journey of inspiration and creation as she adorned the “inner Goddess of every women” through her artisanal, elegant, handmade jewelry designs through her Carbondale (2000-2021 and Aspen (2002-2015) stores. Over those years, Harmony built quite a portfolio of work, creating over 1,000 original designs while working with artisans in Bali to produce her limited-edition collections.  

Celebrate with the Harmony Scott Jewelry Design community the whole month of August. Stop in to say goodbye, complete your handmade jewelry collections, and enjoy the closing sale before the final day of business on September 6th.  

According to the artist and business owner, Harmony Scott, “It's bittersweet to finalize this chapter, close the doors and step into the future without the steady presence of Harmony Scott Jewelry in downtown Carbondale. This business has always been an expression of my heart, spirit and creativity. The past 20+ years have been a beautiful journey, and I am definitely feeling deep tenderness saying goodbye!” 
 
Raised by bohemian hippie parents between the tropical island of Kaua’i and the Colorado Rockies, Harmony Morningstar Scott was surrounded by artists and entrepreneurs from a young age.  After graduating from Aspen High, she always yearned to move back. In 1996 Harmony returned to Aspen to apprentice with the jeweler Elaine Greenspan, and learned the Etruscan art of gold granulation and jewelry fabrication.   

Encouraged by her mentor, Scott began making her jewelry from a rustic cabin on the top of Aspen Mountain in 1998. Working by the light of lanterns with a full view of Highlands Bowl, Harmony discovered her distinctive style, explored and mastered her technique, and began establishing her loyal following as Aspen's Favorite Designer. Her designs always feature genuine, natural pearls and gemstones set or wrapped in sterling silver, 22kt gold vermeil, or 18 karat gold.  

After creating every design in the early years, the demand for her jewelry could not be filled by the hands of one person, leading Scott to find a creative lifestyle solution, blending her attraction to Asian culture with her creative business.  
 
Since 2002, Harmony has worked in partnership with a small group of Indonesian artisans in Bali, a small island known for remarkable craftsmanship, teaching her intricate technique and high standards of quality in her original designs to the Balinese artisans.  

The next chapter for Harmony Scott has her focusing entirely on her next career as a love, sexuality, and relationship coach. The career change has been decades in the making, and the artist sees the change as an evolution and shift from physical adornment into more emotional and psychological healing. “What has not changed is my desire to help people unlock, uncover and celebrate their unique contributions of beauty in the world,” reflects Scott. “What is more important than our soulful human connections, communication, and intimacy? I have a tremendous gift to share with my clients around the world, supporting them in their love, sexuality and relationships. This is such a nourishing and fulfilling path for me as a creative being supporting others in a wholehearted way!”  

“I want to thank Carbondale, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, and all of the people who have supported us for 20+ years: my clients and fans around the world, my staff, friends and family. You have all made this journey so rich and fulfilling!” 

Harmony Scott Jewelry Design is located on 199 Main Street in Carbondale, Colorado, and online at www.HarmonyScott.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10AM to 6PM with extended hours on First Friday and the final Sundays of the August. The final day of business is Monday, September 6, 2021. For more information about the coaching business of Harmony Scott, visit www.harmonyscottcoaching.com