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Christopher Designs Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Fine jewelry brand introduces diamond necklace to mark milestone.




Christopher Designs Celebrates 40th Anniversary

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Christopher Designs is to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2021. To mark the occasion, Christopher Designs is unveiling a remarkable 24-carat L’Amour Crisscut Classic diamond necklace of collection color, and near flawless clarity.

Founder and head designer, Christopher Slowinski founded Christopher Designs in 1981 with his wife, Ewa. Today, the New York City based company has more than 60 employees including expert craftsmen who work in the brand’s midtown Manhattan workshop.

Before starting his company, Slowinski apprenticed under master jewelry craftsmen in his native country of Poland, until 1977 when he moved to the United States to hone his craft. Slowinski’s never-ending pursuit of perfection and focus on innovation led him to work on redefining the generic round diamond. He began developing his now world-renowned technique and was approved for his first patent in 1991 for an invisible setting method. Today, Christopher Designs has eight proprietary diamond cuts and counting.

With this in mind, it is no surprise that Slowinski was originally trained as an engineer, as well as, a fine artist. This unique skill set provided him an opportunity to blend his classic jewelry training with modern technology to create exclusive designs like his Crisscut diamonds. The original Crisscut launched in 1996 to great fanfare: the arrangement of the 77 (versus the generic 48) “crisscrossed” facets redefined just how brilliant a diamond could be.

With numerous awards under its belt including JCK’s 2017 Award for Best Statement Piece, Slowinski shares this is just the beginning, “I have loved every stage of growing my business and I’m so proud of my team’s work. “I love one of my early designs, the invisible set Princess Collar just as much as I love our new 40th anniversary L’Amour Crisscut Necklace.”




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