Designer Christine Huber is no stranger to the jewelry industry! A graduate gemologist from Gemological Institute of America, Christine also studied jewelry design at Fashion Institute of Technology, and spent 9 years designing for a prestigious jewelry design firm. After launching her eponymous collection, she continued to maintain her long-standing relationships with some of the best gemstone and diamond dealers in the world, giving her access to the best materials available. Her line is made entirely in New York City, with a team of local craftsmen who are equally committed to creating one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality pieces. We caught up with Christine to welcome her as one of the select designers included in JA New York’s Spring 2018 New Designer Gallery, and we discovered she’s very much a New Yorker (no New Yorker leaves the house without a Metro card!). Also, we’re making a note to self to not ever offer her a sugar free/fat free treat!
JA New York: The first thing I ever designed was…
Christine Huber: In terms of jewelry, an elaborate necklace made of Cicada shells, I was probably around 6 or 7 years old and I actually don’t find that gross, even today.
JA New York: Every morning I….
CH: Wake up and hope my 9 month old son takes 2 long naps so I can get sh*t done.
JA New York: I never leave the house without ______
CH: Moisturizer and Metrocard
JA New York: I have my breakfast…
CH: After 10am, I need to have a couple of coffees in my system 1st!
JA New York: Jewelry is all about…
CH: YOU! It’s all about a memory of a place you’ve been, a feeling that a color or shape captures…It’s a concrete way to capture an emotion.
JA New York: One thing I wear every day is…..
CH: Even if I’m in sweats, I always wear my diamond stacking rings!
JA New York: I don’t eat….
CH: “Fat free” or “sugar free” foods!  If I’m going to indulge, it’s gotta be the real thing!
JA New York: My favorite restaurant in NYC….
CH: I have so many, but Ippudo (Ramen place) really stands out in my mind 🙂
JA New York: I am a maniac about….
CH: DETAILS!!!! Especially in jewelry! I always loupe my work every step of the way!
JA New York: My obsession of the moment is…
CH: Lapis beads…I found some amazing blue Lapis rondels that I’m designing almost a whole collection around!  But
JA New York: I’m currently reading…
CH: “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
JA New York: I’m currently listening to…
CH: KCRW Eclectic 24, it’s an internet radio station based in California that plays an amazing mix of artists!
JA New York: 5 words that describe my brand DNA are…
CH: Well made; Inspired; Enduring; Classic; Meaningful
JA New York: My trade show uniform is…
CH: Black and more black!
JA New York: My greatest accomplishment so far is_______
CH: Traveling. I’d say it’s more of a gift I’ve given to myself than an accomplishment. But I’ve been open to possibilities and put myself out there!