In search for a creative outlet after leaving my career as a healthcare administrator to be a stay-at-home mom, I took my first metalsmithing class in 2018 and was instantly hooked.
As an avid lover of fashion and jewelry, I have always been drawn to bold pieces. My love for big and bold stems from the fact that I am five feet tall and it drives me crazy when fashion dos and don'ts put parameters on what I should or shouldn’t be wearing because of my size.
As I learned to create jewelry, I naturally gravitated toward making bold pieces, and being a new mom, my primary goal was to make pieces that were wearable as well.
As a jewelry designer, I am inspired to design and create pieces that are not only bold, but also unique and something you won’t see everywhere.
I love working with one-of-a-kind stones to create a piece that will stand out. I also use a lot of diamond accents in my work. I feel like diamonds can and should be worn every day, and smaller accent stones make this precious stone approachable.
Mixing metals has always been something I have done in my personal jewelry wardrobe. I absolutely love creating mixed metal pieces of gold and silver, whether it is through accents of 14K and 18K gold or by using the ancient Korean gilding technique of Keum Boo, which bonds 24K gold to fine and sterling silvers.
-In creating quality jewelry that is unique, bold and wearable for everyday
-In using recycled metals whenever possible to reduce my carbon footprint
-In using high quality stones from lapidaries that know where their stones have been sourced and stand behind their work
-That there are no rules when wearing jewelry
-In giving back to the community through donations. In the last year, CLJ has supported an animal rescue organization in Seattle, WA; a non-profit that feeds medically vulnerable residents of Colorado; and healthcare workers fighting on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Chrissy Liu