Feature Sponsor Love + Giveaway – June 1989 Jewelry

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The story behind how June 1989 Jewelry opened up is a heartbreaking and beautiful one.  My friend, Collette, from Statements in Fashion, and her daughter Chloe, started creating these wonderful bracelets in honor of a very special guy in their lives.  I am so lucky to be able to share his story with you all and host this wonderful giveaway for a bracelet in his memory.


photo courtesy of Moments Captured by Retha

1) Can you tell my readers a little bit about why you decided to open up shop?
In October of 2000, my older son Alex (Chloe’s brother) passed away at the age of eleven from spinal meningitis. Please read CBS news article All of our lives would never be the same, especially Chloe’s. Chloe and Alex shared such a special close bond, even if it was for the first short eight years of her life. There has not been a day that has gone by that Chloe doesn’t speak of Alex and keep him in her memory.

I distinctly remember leaving the funeral home after we gathered the last of Alex’s flowers and Chloe pointing out that there were dragonflies all around us. Ever since that day, the dragonfly has been our family’s symbol of Alex and his memory. Alex was born on June 20, 1989, and Chloe named the company after him.

I am beyond moved that Chloe has decided to continue Alex’s memory by opening her own online jewelry store, June 1989. She has received her IRS employer identification number and completed DBA forms through the State of Michigan. This young woman has taken a tragedy, and turned it into a wonderful way of sharing Alex’s story with each and every person who wears one of her bracelets. She says he will continue to live through them, that he will never be forgotten. πŸ™‚ Each bracelet is handmade by Chloe herself & includes a silver dragonfly charm in memory of Alex. Each bracelet purchase includes a handmade tag and personalized heartfelt handwritten thank you note. Chloe designs the bracelets and creates them, while I handle all of the “business aspects” such as accounting, marketing & social media.

We opened the store last week and have been receiving rave reviews and daily orders ever since. Everyone is so touched by Alex’s story, and Chloe’s desire at her young age to continue to tell it. Chloe is shipping her bracelets all around the world!

2) What are some of your favorite mother-daughter activities to do?
We are girls…we love to shop til we drop! We attend Weight Watcher meetings together every Wednesday and then go out to dinner to “catch up” (Chloe has successfully lost over 80 pounds in two years!) We spend a lot of time talking & sharing dreams for her life, we are each other’s best friends:)

3) What are favorite color combinations for Spring?
Collette: I’m loving all the pastel colors I’m seeing this season, especially mint.
Chloe: I love anything boho or floral!

4) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Collette: Cherry Cheesecake
Chloe: Superman, love love it!


Win this beautiful Gun Metal Gray bracelet ($40 value)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on April 3, 2012 at 12:01AM EST.

Don’t want to wait?  Receive free shipping on all June 1989 orders from March 27th to April 27th by using the coupon code: sandy1989 at checkout.


  1. March 27, 2012 / 2:02 am

    The “bar love” one is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  2. brooke t
    March 27, 2012 / 6:41 am

    {I DO}

  3. March 27, 2012 / 7:44 am

    I love the gunmetal gray… it’s my fave. I’m so glad Collette and Chloe are having such a great ride with June 1989. I feel it will be a huge success and they deserve it… they are the sweetest! xoxo

  4. March 27, 2012 / 8:24 am

    I love them! And I’m so happy that they’ve opened this shop up. Their story is so incredibly moving yet I’m happy that there’s hope and beauty coming from their heartbreak. I would be honored to wear any one of them.

  5. Rafaela Schouten
    March 27, 2012 / 8:35 am

    My favourite is the Ocean Mist with the yellow gold cross

  6. March 27, 2012 / 8:40 am

    I love the seafoam green bracelet!

  7. March 27, 2012 / 9:14 am

    Collette and her daughter are such inspiration. This is an incredible way to cherish the memories of their son. How tragic that he had to leave so early. Sending warm thoughts their way.

  8. March 27, 2012 / 9:22 am

    woohoo, just completed the steps. πŸ™‚

    love collette’s story… so loving and touching.

    can’t choose… they’re beautiful.


  9. March 27, 2012 / 9:32 am

    What a beautiful legacy! I like the gunmetal one and the “I Do”

  10. cat
    March 27, 2012 / 9:51 am

    i love caramel ripple!! the colors are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  11. March 27, 2012 / 11:23 am

    so SO pretty!!

    crossing my fingers big time!!

    love the giveaway (also love the isabella and caribbean green!)

  12. March 27, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    Thank you Sandy for your sweet words about June 1989 and our story of Alex. You are so much more than a blogger friend in cyberspace, you are a true friend that I am honored to know:)

    Your readers are touching my heart with their heartfelt comments. Good luck to everyone, you will absolutely LOVE the Gun Metal Gray bracelet, its one of my favs:)

  13. March 27, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    I am so beyond thrilled for Collette and Chloe! And the jewelry is so beautiful, well-crafted and meaningful. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the bracelets, but since I just became a SAHM, it’s not in my non-existent budget! I’d love to win this so I can support a family I care so much about and show my love for Jesus at the same time!

  14. March 27, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    What a wonderful way to turn a tragedy into a way of having fun and sharing a story.

  15. March 27, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    I love the Vermilion one…partly because I love that color and the other part is that I grew up in a town called Vermilion

  16. Tiffany B.
    March 27, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Pear Roundelle is very pretty!

  17. Terra
    March 27, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    This company (June 1989) has one of the most precious stories. I actually met Chloe because she comes in my work all the time. I rang her up, and I noticed her bracelet. She told me that she makes them. She gave me the website, and I logged on, totally unaware that there was a meaning behind it. As soon as I could, I posted the site to my facebook and tell anyone I can. Not only are they beautiful bracelets, but they actually have a meaning which is unlike most jewelry out there. Very impressed!

  18. March 27, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    My favorite item is the pearl roundelle bracelet!

  19. March 27, 2012 / 8:49 pm

    I love Collette, and I think her collection is such a wonderful thing! I love the Bar Love Bracelet!

  20. Renee'
    March 27, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Beautiful…just beautiful…take this tragedy and start touching so many people’s lives…thank you for the opportunity to win…I’ve been looking for a piece of jewelry…my dad passed away in December from Brain Cancer…grey signifies Brain Cancer and this bracelet would be perfect in so many ways…

  21. Patti L
    March 27, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    I love the Bar Love bracelet! So pretty.

  22. March 27, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    what a beautiful and touching story! love the honey pot bracelet!

  23. Kasia
    March 28, 2012 / 12:45 am

    My favorite item is Lapis Blue Bracelet!


  24. Elisabeth
    March 28, 2012 / 11:56 am

    {Honey Pot} is gorgeous!

  25. Blogul cu Hainutze
    March 28, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    My favorite is {Lilac Fusion}

  26. Monika
    March 28, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    nice giveaway congrats!

  27. March 28, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    I love the Cypress Mosaic πŸ™‚

  28. colleen boudreau
    March 28, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    I love the ISABELLA bracelet.

  29. Brittany
    March 28, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    I love the Honeypot bracelet. The style is so simple and the color reminds me of rose gold!

  30. March 29, 2012 / 7:06 am

    the mother of pearl is so gorgeous!

  31. March 29, 2012 / 11:09 am

    The Caribbean Blue bracelet is so pretty!

  32. tinatre
    March 29, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Blue Sea & Matte Magic are awesome!

  33. March 29, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    The Honey Pot bracelet looks so warm and lovely.

  34. March 29, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    I love the {Gun Metal Gray Bar} braclet. πŸ™‚

  35. Hania
    March 29, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    Beautiful bracelets.

  36. moniquehasana
    March 29, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    Thank you for doing this amazing giveaway. I love everything on the site, but I ADORE the Psychedelic Dream piece. Have a great weekend

  37. March 30, 2012 / 8:21 am

    They’re all beautiful! And what an amazing story. I love the Tiger’s eye bracelet.

  38. Sandy
    March 30, 2012 / 8:49 am

    The Lilac Berries bracelet is beautiful. What a touching story.

  39. Margaret
    March 30, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    I love the Honey Pot bracelet!

  40. Jan
    April 1, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    I would be honored to wear any one of those bracelets. They all are very beautiful. What a nice way to keep your brother’s memory alive.

  41. Debbie
    April 1, 2012 / 9:47 pm

    Would love to win your bracelet.

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