The Artists’ Coop of Mendocino established on the California North Coast in 1988, is owned and operated by its members. A destination for art collectors and connoisseurs, our Co-op is known for quality traditional and contemporary art that is diverse in content, style, and medium. If you are looking for Read more [...]
At Celtic Creations Jewelry Studio & Gallery, platinum and gold smiths Chris and Shani Christenson create fine Celtic and nature inspired jewelry, and specialize in custom Celtic wedding rings. Also featuring our line of Metal Body Art, exotic precious metal and gemstone clothing, jewelry and wearable body art. The bright, elegant shop in down-town Mendocino overlooks Big River Bay. “To us creating jewelry is a celebration of the beauty we see in the world.”
We create our jewelry using many techniques. Hand fabrication, Lost wax casting from fabricated originals, champleve enameling and cameo carving. We hand carve the faces from opal, mother of pearl and antique ivory piano keys. This form of jewelry originated in the 15th century French court and was called a Commesso. It differed from a cameo in that only the face was carved from shell or stone and the design was completed in metals. A unique feature of our cameos is that we finish them with a complete design on the back for a reversible piece of jewelry.
We personally complete each and every step in our jewelry’s creation and each piece is hand signed. Our style and intricate design reflects our fascination with nature as well the art of many old cultures including Celtic, Native American, Egyptian and the Renaissance.
We live and create our jewelry in Mendocino California on the magnificent northern coast. We are inspired by beauty that surrounds us in the natural world and we strive to capture that energy and magic in our jewelry. With a background in old world jewelry fabrication our jewelry has the qualities of fine craftsmanship combined with intricate symbolic design to create what we call Jewelry Art.