C19 sterling silver and 10k gold stack rings
Joining the coterie of artisan retailers along Christopher Street in New York's Greenwich Village, Christopher 19 designer jewelry and accessories launched in 2006 by artists and designers William Felder and Gregory Reeves. Their collaboration began in the '80s with their first jewelry collection Bobhouse, featured in the New York Times Fall Fashion of the Times and carried by Barney's New York, Tokyo and Singapore. Christopher 19's handmade signature designs, sculpted from precious and semi-precious metals and minerals, are a meritage of vintage, contemporary and ethnic influences with an ironic twist - hand forged, modern, artisanal with elements of primitivism. "I like the tribal influence, ancient metal working," Felder explains, "so you see the process in the finished piece." Custom made one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings, cuffs, necklaces and earrings are joined by seasonal collections incorporating labradorite, carnelian, turquoise, onyx, opal and pearls with leather, gold, sterling and brass. "On the more polished side, I enjoy working with Swarovski Austrian crystal and art glass." In addition to the creations of Christopher 19, Felder curates the store with a select group of jewelry designers whose timeless works are meticulously hand crafted and inspired using a variety of techniques including metal-smithing, liquid resin, wire work, patinas, torching and riveting with fossil ivory carvings, fossilized jet carvings, horn, aquamarine and ruby in zoisite. Among them are Melissa Joy Manning, Olga Prieto, Extasia and Caths.