Dublin-based jewellery designer and gemologist Christina Goldston describes her brand as a “unique, limited edition, colourful and beautifully packaged jewellery collection that is made with passion in Ireland”.
Alongside her existing product range, for Showcase 2019 the designer will debut her new 12-piece bridal collection which includes necklaces, collars, earrings and bracelets made with delicate Swarovski crystals, pearls and Italian glass beads.
Christina is a second-generation gemologist and says that she has had an intense fascination with gemstones and pearls since childhood. This passion prompted her to study at the Gemological Institute of America to become a Graduate Gemologist and a graduate pearl specialist.
“Gemology is an explosion of colour, shapes, symmetry and precision. It is also an exact science - there is no room for error or interpretation,” she says. “I have brought that training, and way of thinking, into my work - but with a twist. My love of colour, the shine of a million facets and the unusual mixing of materials is what I hope infuses all my work.”
Christina Goldston Jewellery enjoys strong repeat business, both wholesale and retail, and the brand’s designer says that she greatly values the feedback of these customers. Earlier in 2018, Christina rebranded, re-developed her packaging and re-launched her brand in order to more deftly showcase her background as a gemologist with luxury brands such as Tiffany & Co in New York and Boodles in Dublin and the UK.
The market for jewellery is a competitive one, so how does Christina make her work stand out?
“To be competitive and successful in today’s market is a constant challenge for designers,” she admits. “My designs are unique, mostly because of the intricate and unusual bead work our small team creates - this is our first step to standing out against the competition. Then, the combination of gemstones, Swarovski crystals and Italian glass beads we use, mixed with silver and gold wire, leather and coloured thread (that is characteristic of my designs) is a strong second.”