Studio Tour: Jewelry Designer Christine J. Brandt’s Sun-Soaked Workspace

Inside luxury jeweler Christine J. Brandt Brooklyn studio, a brand-new collection of sterling silver gems is on display.

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Serendipitously, Brandt had just launched a sister collection, "Sterling," not even a week before our visit. With the same fluidity and organic appeal of the main collection, "Sterling" is certain to be a hit among devotees who can't quite swing the price of one of Brandt's gemstones, or who simply prefer a more streamlined look. "They're really great because you don't have to worry about chipping a stone or dropping them," explains Brandt. To view the complete collection in detail, visit the new "Sterling" website.
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Brooklyn-based jeweler Christine J. Brandt is best known for her sculptural carved cocktail rings featuring enormous, candy-colored minerals. Recently, the designer relocated studios to a sun-drenched corner space with plenty of room for the art classes she offers on the weekends.
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A few examples of Christine's latest mouth-watering creations, each representing hours of devoted work. Clients are invited to select their own woods and mineral stones, so that each ring becomes completely customized to the individual.
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Serendipitously, Brandt had just launched a sister collection, "Sterling," not even a week before our visit. With the same fluidity and organic appeal of the main collection, "Sterling" is certain to be a hit among devotees who can't quite swing the price of one of Brandt's gemstones, or who simply prefer a more streamlined look. "They're really great because you don't have to worry about chipping a stone or dropping them," explains Brandt. To view the complete collection in detail, visit the new "Sterling" website.
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Brandt's many art collections—"I'm forbidden to bring anything else home," she laughs—are dappled throughout her studio space. But none is quite so striking as her extensive collection of colorful wood blocks, from which clients are invited to select the bases of their rings. In a perfect world, our CJB ring would be made from our favorite wavy-grained wood with an exotic, tiger-stripe effect.
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Brandt had recently returned from the Tucson Gem and MIneral show with some spectacular finds. "I've been saying I would go for years, so my friend was like, 'I guess I had just better take her!'" She refers to this unusual piece of quartz as "the dentures."
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It's easy to be overwhelmed by the number of candy-colored gems gleaming from every corner of Brandt's studio. While offering a better view of her Tucson scores, Christine asks: "Don't these look like little appetizers?"
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For the "Sterling" collection, each piece starts from one of these blue wax sculptures, from which she casts a mold.. Each requires 40 hours of devoted carving—and they're often destroyed in the kiln. "This is one of the lucky few who survived," explains Christine.
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A view of Christine's sun-drenched workspace, framed by a tree ornamented with vintage owl pendants.
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One of the dozens of owls peering out at Christine's desk from a nearby tree—the perfect union between Christine's green thumb and her flair for vintage collections.
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A few friendly faces keep watch over the space while Christine works to fill orders.
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