I first discovered Steampunk jewelry a few months ago while browsing for handmade jewelry from crafters. Steampunk jewelry reflects strength and intelligence while remaining feminine. It is reminiscent of the Victorian era when steam engines and steam powered mechanics came into play. Steampunk jewelry demonstrates an appreciation of the skill, artistry, and fashion of past and often contains clocks, keys, gears, and/or keys in the individual pieces. The jewelry is typically hand made, often contains vintage pieces mixed with new pieces, and most pieces are usually one of a kind. I fell in love with the unusual beauty and uniqueness of this timeless jewelry. So, when Christine Cavataio, owner of steamheat contacted me, I was excited to review a piece by her.
Christine is a lifelong artist and loves to create things with her hands. When she saw some of the steampunk jewelry available, whe was inspired. Much of it reminded her of the art that she was already creating on canvas. She decided to try her hand at creating jewelry based on her art and the things that inspire her.
Am I ever glad she did! Christine sent this gorgeous brooch for review…
I LOVE IT! It is well made, and will be treasured for a long time!
Christine said that the inspiration of the pieces she creates comes from using a combination of styles. The machinery elements like clock works mixed with the softer and more fluid pieces of the Victorian style stampings. The pairing of the two gives the jewelry an interesting look.
Christine sells her jewelry online at steamheat, on Etsy, and on Bonanza. You can also see her impressive portfolio at www.lunashowcasedesign.com. In addition to creating masterpieces in miniature as jewelry, Christine has a long history of graphic design and has worked on projects for Polo, the Limited, and Calvin Klein… to name a few. She is also gifted as a painter, illustrator, and digital artist.
In addition to selling her jewelry online, Christine’s pieces are also carried in several boutiques in New York, where she resides. She says that she has received a very good response with the jewelry. Most locations like the uniqueness of the pieces and the fact that they are one of a kind. She has been fortunate enough to meet some great store owners and other artists through selling her work.
When asked what she is doing when she is not creating jewelry, Christine said, “When I am not creating jewelry I am doing projects as a graphic designer in which I have over 15 years of experience. Or I am painting.”
Christine said she enjoys working on every piece of jewelry that she creates, but that she is partial to the cuffs because they are the most challenging. She is constantly finding different ways to develop them.
Christine has gorgeous bracelets and pendants available in her shops, as well. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
I would not be surprised if Christine Cavataio is not the next Must Have name in jewelry!
Find more of Christine’s designs at http://www.bonanza.com/booths/steamheat/.
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Disclosure- Christine provided me with the aforementioned brooch to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my experience. Your experience may differ.