Although educated in gemology and manufacturing I have always been a designer at heart. After studying with Robert Ahrens, the former head designer for the famed French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, I began traveling and designing across Europe. My design style is characterized by clean, flowing lines and by a personal interpretation of classic motifs.

Coeur de Paris© engagement ring

Designing in Europe, unconstrained and open to the influences all around me, I am to express my own personal sense of style. I am instinctively drawn to a certain clean elegance, I am increasingly bringing more texture to my original pieces.

When I am designing for a client, I focus on conveying his or her unique design style. However, the way in which this is expressed is inevitably influenced by my experiences … I love this collaboration! It has produced some of my finest work.

Naturally, one person can’t do it all. I rely on my Design Team to make sure each project is handled professionally and with pains-taking attention to every detail. From scheduling client appointments to keeping work on a piece on track, my team ensures that each project goes smoothly from design to pick-up.

Traveling and exploring the great cities of the world has a profound influence on my design style. Experiencing the art, architecture, and culture of these unique places continues to shape and influence how I express myself artistically.

But mostly I find the inspiration for a piece in the people I’m designing it for. Their personal stories, their unique design profiles … these influences are filtered through what I have learned designing around the world and have a fundamental impact on the look of any given project.

A Team Effort

Taking a Christian Caine project from conception to completion is a team effort. Whether it’s the latest travel-inspire design or a collaboration with a client, many people each have a part to play in it’s creation. What I do wouldn’t be possible without my team.

Award-Winning Results

This designer-led, team-oriented approach paid off in the form of a recent award for the design of Milano©. With details inspired by the Duomo of Milan, Italy’s largest church, Christopher and his staff created this unique, beautiful pendant.

Design Notes

Here are the three most recent blog entries from travels. To see older articles, click here. >

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Inspiration: Nice

The Bay of Angels is Nice’s most prominent, and most strikingly beautiful, feature. The graceful sweep of its shore, its deep azure water, and its pebble beach combine to make the bay a unique destination. I started looking for an overseas studio space about the same time I first visited Nice. It didn't take long [...]
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Inspiration: Florence

Florence, Italy, is one of my favorite places in Europe, steeped in history and abundant in unique architecture and amazing details. The Ponte Vecchio (“old bridge”, pictured above) was built in 1345 and spans the Arno River at its narrowest spot. The bridge still has the shops built along its sides. This was common practice, [...]
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Inspiration: Paris

Paris is enchanting, boundless with inspiration. From her tree-shaded boulevards to her cobblestone neighborhoods lined with cafés, she is charming and captivating. Her physical beauty is unmatched, and she reveals something new with every encounter. Traveling and exploring the great cities of the world has a profound influence on my style.  My experiences with the [...]

More Thoughts on Travel

Finding inspiration is rarely a problem for me. It’s in everything. The cathedrals of Tuscany, the canals in Venice, the Côte d’Azur, the fountains of Paris … it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the shapes and forms and the ideas they create. My struggle comes when I must choose what to put in and what to leave out of a design. As I have grown, I have learned what’s not there can often say more than what is.

I went to Europe with the idea that changing my surroundings would change my approach to jewelry design. I discovered it was the changes those journeys made in me that made the difference. Originally, I traveled to be inspired as a designer. Today, I travel to be inspired as a person.

Here are a few photos of some of my favorite destinations from the past twenty years.

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