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CC Original Travel-Inspired Designs

CC Original Travel-Inspired Designs

What are travel-inspired designs?

“They are the artistic sum of my experiences & impressions of a destination.  Simply put, travel-inspired designs are my personal expression of the art, architecture & culture of a place in the form of jewelry design.” ~Christopher

All of our current fashion collections can trace their origins to a specific destination somewhere in the world. Even as I continue to work primarily in France and Italy, new areas of inspiration include Iceland, London, and Barcelona. Being open to the possibilities of new locations offers opportunities to explore different styles and techniques, and so I embrace the new. What I have learned over the last two decades or so is that this is who I am as a designer, and this is what gives Christian Caine its unique identity.—Christopher

Art!  From concept to finished jewelry collection… Porte d’Italia© comes to life. Click the link below to learn about the process.

Porte d’Italia—Doors of Italy

A Case Study in Travel-Inspired Design

Decorative, wrought-iron transoms are common throughout central Italy where the summers are very hot and humid. Once I started noticing them I became fascinated by the variety of styles used in their creation. I especially liked this one I discovered near the Pitti Palace, not only for its design, but for its deeply textured patina that can only come from long exposure to the elements.—Christopher

The Inspiration

Central and southern Italy are very hot in the summer. In the days before air conditioning, transom windows were commonly installed above street-level doors which allowed cooling breezes in, but kept intruders out. The variation of designs seems endless and there may be a few new “Porte” designs yet to come.

The Design

Although the basic form is a direct translation of the transom’s original lines into a smaller size, I wanted to convey as much of the original texture as possible. I also needed to provide a means for attaching the new design to a chain, earring wires, and a ring shank. I started working on the details during an afternoon break at a café.

Production

With the design already established, the new piece went into production almost immediately upon my return to the Shepherdstown Showroom. Modeling the design in CAD allowed for meant the first silver versions went through the final polishing and stone-setting steps within weeks of getting home.

The Details

All Porte d’Italia pendants are highly detailed and textured. The bail is made of hand-twisted 14k rose gold. Each gemstone version of the pendant measures approximately one inch across.

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Our Porte d’Italia comes in diamond and colored gemstone versions. Diamond pendants are offered in the standard 1″ size and a smaller, 3/4″ size, and are available in an all 14k rose gold option.

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The ring versions of Porte d’Italia features a unique by-pass shank design, and each features the same level of detail and texture as the larger pendants.

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The 18-inch chain’s simple toggle closure is ornamented by a 14k rose gold quatrefoil element, our signature touch on this exclusive item.

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Create your family legacy design! We can add fine gemstones to signify birth months, anniversaries or any special moments in your life. Designs with the Blue Customize banner are a great place to start! Please allow 2 to 3 weeks as we create each design by hand specifically for you.

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Famiglia—shown with August, April, and March birthstones

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Originally, I traveled to be inspired as a designer. Today, I travel to be inspired as a person. — Christopher

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