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JEWELRY

In October, 2011, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a car accident caused by a wreckless driver. As a result, I can not currently make jewelry in the way that I used to. The wire wrapped pieces you see are no longer an option for me at this time, though I do have many pieces still available for purchase that were created prior to that incident (fortunately I was prepared for the Fall and holiday show season at the time of the accident and I used to be quite prolific so there are still many beautiful pieces available of that type of work, as well as many beaded pieces.

I am still available to create my precious metal clay jewelry on a limited basis. All jewelry is unique and a one of a kind original. I have used semi-precious and precious gemstone cabochons and beads, sterling and pure fine silver beads, as well as Sterling silver or 14K gold filled wire to create my jewelry artwork. My current work features fine silver (99.99 pure silver) art clay.  Please check out the Precious metal clay page to see it!

Also see the sold archive to the left for samples of past work. Now on Facebook too!

Christine studied privately with a Master Lapidary studio in Florence, Italy in 1989 and has been evolving and creating her jewelry since then. She collects her gemstones and materials from around the world, as well as using many that were locally mined and collected throughout Oregon. Many of the raw materials come from areas from which the mines or areas have been closed and the material is no longer available, thus making the stones not only very rare, but "collector" grade specimens as well, often coming directly from private collections to be transformed into the beautiful diamond polished gems that you see highlighted in Christine's work. She works in direct collaboration on many of the stones with a master lapidary artist to bring you the fine gemstones and cabochons you see featured in her designs.

The "dog inspired jewelry" is the exception to the "one of a kind" distinction. Many of these pieces have charms which are production pieces and are not one of a kind, thus multiples of these may be ordered. Traci Banks is selling these pieces locally in the Bend and Oregon area. You can contact Traci at 541-728-8918 or tracibanks(at)msn.com.