COLLECTION IV.I.

Rescuing treasures from her family of jewelers, a small business that could be considered her second home, Cristina reinterpreted pieces which she grew up with and contemporizes them, in turn giving them a new meaning. Through her work these pieces are transformed from being religiously charged relics, to intimate pieces full of warmth, giving a remarkable prominence to the imprint of the gestures of craftsmanship.

For her third collection, Tres, Cristina combined these premises with two new ideas which recur in the different designs: numbers and everyday life. Some pieces are made up of elements grouped in multiples of three. Otherpieces are titled for each day of the week [encouraging us to take the jewelry out and wear it as a daily companion], or simply “Everyday Earrings.”

Tres is a collection designed to maintain a close and meaningful relationship with. Cristina invites us to think of her jewelry beyond its status value, but instead as objects that we must make our own, wearing them whenever and however we want.

BACKGROUND

Her mother has owned a small jewelry shop in Chipiona, Cadiz since 1978, which was inherited from her grandfather. Her childhood was spent surrounded by the most traditional Andalusian jewelry. Being full of deeply religious symbolism, this was the spark that inspired her to create a new and rupturist proposal, full of humor.

PROCESS

All her pieces are handmade at her workshop in Barcelona. By working under local production, she can personally control each and every one of the phases in her process. She first models all the pieces in wax by hand, and melts them in 18kt gold, silver, or brass. When melting them in brass, she then bathes them in 18kt gold, the sacred metal, recovering the tradition of her roots.