Q&A: Jess Hannah & Chelsea Nicholson on the Sustainable the Realreal X Ceremony Collection
The traditional jewelry industry has long been ripe for a revamp. Enter Ceremony, the LA-based brand co-founded by Jess Hannah (also the designer behind J.Hannah fine jewelry) and Chelsea Nicholson. Ceremony’s elegantly minimal designs are timeless, but celebrate a modern vision of love in which everyone chooses for themselves when and how to wear jewelry in a way that’s personally meaningful. Crafted with 18K gold and ethically sourced, recycled stones, pieces from classic gold bands to pearl and diamond-accented rings are not just infinitely wearable, they’re also sustainable. Which is just one of the reasons we’re excited to announce the launch of our exclusive The RealReal x Ceremony collection.
Starting today, you can shop six TRR-only designs on the site and in our LA store, as well as a selection of pieces from the main Ceremony line. We’re also hosting an event to celebrate at our LA store, where you’ll be able to meet Jess in person and shop the collection (you can RSVP here). In the meantime, we caught up with the co-founders who shared the sustainable sourcing behind the collection, stories of couples who have proposed with their rings and how to care for your everyday jewelry.
What was the inspiration behind the pieces created specially for this collaboration?
JH: The collaboration was sparked from the convergence of the values Ceremony and The RealReal share. We adapted our existing designs to feature a special selection of recycled gemstones and diamonds.
CN: The designs are inspired by our classic collection, paired with additional diamonds and gemstones not currently available on our site. All of the diamonds and gemstones are recycled with their own unique story and history, now repurposed to create these beautiful pieces.
Ceremony co-founders Jess Hannah and Chelsea Nicholson
All of the diamonds and other precious stones used to create Ceremony pieces are ethically sourced and recycled. Can you tell us more about that and your overall commitment to sustainability and transparency?
CN: Yes, all the pieces in this collaboration are recycled. Whenever possible, we use recycled stones for Ceremony rings since we find it to be the only truly sustainable option available. We see the terms “sustainable” and “ethical” tossed around often, without pause to define what they actually mean. So we are dedicated to continuously looking for sources that have the least harmful environmental impact, while also finding ways to give back to mining communities.
From left: The RealReal x Ceremony Exclusive 18K Alder II Diamond Band | Ceremony 18K Diamond Tansy Ring | The RealReal x Ceremony Exclusive 18K Alder I Pavé Band | Ceremony 18K Anise Ring | Ceremony 18K Diamond Tansy Ring | The RealReal x Ceremony Exclusive 18K Alder II Diamond Band