Cristina Cipolli is an Italian architect who lives and works in London. A renowned brand, Cristina Cipolli Jewellery has been featured in various publications, like Vogue, ELLE, Tatler and Vanity Fair, and has been seen at jewellery exhibitions like the International Jewellery London and the Saatchi Gallery for the ELLE Weekender.
As a child, Cristina loved jewellery and she inherited this love from her grandmother, who collected unique jewels from around the world. To gain a better understanding of jewellery and techniques involved in making it, Cristina attended courses at Central Saint Martins. Cristina’s collections brings the magic of architecture into the world of jewellery, while incorporating diverse influences and inspirations.
Made by skilled craftspeople, Cristina designs pieces that are contemporary, minimal and incorporating parametric patterns. She uses 3D printing as a construction technique and fuses technology and tradition, to merge the past and future into a distinct version of the present.
How did your brand begin?
My first collection was launched in September 2018 at International Jewellery London. The reason behind it was to design small architectures which I could wear every day.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
10 years ago, I started developing an unconditional love for drawing jewels. Only a few years ago, I decided to attend courses at Central Saint Martins to gain a better understanding of jewellery and the techniques involved in creating it.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I am an architect, so in my creations I try to blend the magic of architecture with the world of jewellery, all the while incorporating diverse influences and inspirations: from nature, to art and the adornments of ancient civilisations.
Are there any celebrities you would love to see wearing your designs?
I don't have anyone in mind but my jewels would be perfect for a musician as they have a rock 'n roll touch.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
My jewels are for confident women who want to look feminine, sexy, sophisticated and original at any occasion.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
The Sharch Cut Out Bangle in matte black rhodium finish. It is like wearing a sculpture on your arm. The Bangle Bracelet is one of my favourite types of jewellery, as it is one of the oldest forms of jewellery that has ever been discovered in history.
Do you have any exciting future plans and where do you see your brand in 5 years?
I am exhibiting at Metal & Smith in NYC in May with the intention of moving in to the overseas market. I would love to see my products in concept stores and boutiques not only in London but also abroad.
If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
India. I think it would be a great source of inspiration and a trip that is definitely going to be full of unexpected experiences. The culture shock can probably be hard to deal with, however you’ll come to appreciate more what you have.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
It really depends on the mood. It could be electronic, rock, jazz, brazilian, classical (Erik Satie is very relaxing for me).
What's your favourite quote?
A brilliant Albert Einstein’s quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”