Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Patience gemstone: Howlite

18k gold with pearls and howlites necklace
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Howlite can be found in green, white and blue. It is a super-calming stone and many people use it to releive stress of all kinds. It makes an excellent antidote to insomnia due to an overactive mind.

Howlite teaches patience
Place a howlite stone in your pocket to absorb your own anger - or another's anger that is directed toward you. It helps to overcome critical or selfish behaviour.

Healing properties of howlite

Relieves insomnia
Balances calcium levels
Strengthens teeth and bones

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The UnMuseum

“We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have, our doubt is our passion, and passion is our task — the rest is the madness of art.” (Henry James)

EVEN if it were just another glimmering new Lower East Side tower full of multimillion-dollar condos, the sleek, eight-story glass tower at 257 Bowery would qualify as a statement building, with its room-size red elevator visible through the building’s corrugated-glass facade and its sensuously undulating balustrade, perched high above the 29-foot-tall ground-floor exhibition space.It's the new,Norman Foster-designed home of The Sperone Westwater gallery on the Bowery.

Read more about it here

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black version

Sterling Silver with black and white agathe necklace
Design: Christine v.Schönburg and João Cândido Botelho Gomes

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Team Work

Sterling Silver necklace with pink quartz and white agathe
Design:Christine Schönburg & João Cândido Botelho Gomes

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gifts from the Sea

Looking at the wonderful work of art I posted yesterday,"The silent evolution", reminded me of some cufflinks I made ages ago with corals, shells and pebbles gathered at the beach by a friend of mine:

Sterling Silver cufflinks with sea shell and pearl,pebble and granade, coral.
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The silent evolution

Jason de Caires Taylor used 'life casts' made from materials that encourage coral growth to build an underwater installation on the sea bed off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.

The sculptures will form a new home for a variety of aquatic creatures at the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park and are designed to reduce the impact over half a million tourists have on the area's natural reefs every year.

One of the first statues submerged last November is showing promising signs of life. Named 'Man on Fire', the cast from Joachim, a local Mexican fisherman, was drilled with over 75 holes and planted with live cuttings of fire coral which have since bloomed and attracted other sea life.

Watch the video here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Great new blog: OnlyJewels

Jeweled by the Ocean - 08.11.2010
Become a real Ocean Creature and collect the wonders of the underwater world. The Ocean has the most fantastic gems to offer. We know so little about it, scientist estimate that only 10% of marine life forms are known… I bet it’s more!

“If human beings are not drowned, asked the little mermaid, can they live forever? do they never die as we do here in the sea?” Hans Andersen The Little Mermaid. Like a mermaid adorn yourself with Gifts of the Ocean, Sea Creatures and Wonderful Corals.

Have a look at this gorgeous Sterling Silver and Brain Coral Ring by Christine von Schönburg! Isn’t it simple & perfect?

Read more about it here

Friday, November 5, 2010

Form vs Material: which came first?

Exhibition at Cristiani Gallery, in Torino, from tomorrow 'till the end of december.
"Saranno esposti e venduti in esclusiva gioielli dalle forme più classiche a quelle più eccentriche, realizzati con materiali diversi: dall'oro alla pelliccia di animali, dall'argento al cemento, dalla fibra di carbonio alla ceramica.
FORMA vs MATERIA raccoglie una selezione di gioielli unici nella FORMA, e sobri nel materiale, o particolari per la MATERIA utilizzata e dalle forme tradizionali. Una suddivisione nata seguendo il processo creativo nelle sue prime fasi: è nata prima la FORMA o la MATERIA?"
For more information: www

Friday, October 29, 2010

Keep on rocking !

Laura Wie and the 70's singer "Tremendão", Erasmo Carlos, at the Rolling Stone's party, 27/10/2010

18k gold necklace with pearls and turquese
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Laura Wie wearing my necklace while interviewing Arnaldo Jabor

Sterling Silver necklace with lava rock and crystal
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

from Le Grand Bleu Collection

Sterling silver with Brain Coral
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh, she's so classy !

18k gold with hematites and pearl and sterling silver with mother of pearl rings
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Hematites

18k gold, hematites and pearl ring.
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The powerful Hematite

Hematite is deep gray to black in color, but can also be a deep brown or rust color. In certain instances it takes on a deep reddish hue that emulates the appearance of dried blood. This might account for the Greeks' belief that it was actually the concentrated blood of the gods. It is that concept that won the stone its name.

Hematite is most often found in areas with a mineral spring, but it doesn't necessarily require water for it to form. There is equal evidence of its formation where significant volcanic activity has taken place.

Hematite is mined in several places throughout the world including Brazil, Canada, Labrador, the United States, and Venezuela. In the U.S., deposits of the stone are located around Lake Superior.

Oddly enough, however, earth doesn't seem to be the only place where hematite can form. Quantities of the stone have been brought back from the Mars exploration. This has led some scientists to believe that, at one time, Mars might have contained a great deal of water and possibly even sustained some form of life. Most assuredly, it explains the mysterious "red" hue of the planet.
Hematite was originally used as an ornamental stone, dating back as far as ancient Babylon. The Egyptians used it for ornamental objects and figurines. It was also used in the coloring and painting of objects such as pottery. There is also evidence that it may have been used to make some of the very first mirrors.

Native Americans used hematite to make war paint for their bodies and faces.Eventually someone - - generally credited as the Romans - - discovered that it worked beautifully for use in jewelry. In the beginning it was primarily used as a background for cameos or for in-taglios in men's rings. The Romans are credited with using it this way since they were most well known for using rings for their personal seals.

The Romans also used hematite as a protection talisman. They believed that the stone would protect its wearer in battle.
There are a number of metaphysical qualities attached to this stone. Ancient Egyptians used it in a number of different ways. They believed that it had calming properties and often used it to reduce maniac stress that was sometimes exhibited in the form of hysteria.

Today, many believe that the stone has the power to dissolve negativity, replacing it with the more positive things in life such as love and friendship. It is also said to help its wearer problem solve, retain knowledge, and enhance memory.

Some psychics believe that hematite helps to promote inner peace and achieve a natural balance. They call it a "grounding" stone that aids in clarity of vision. It reduces limitations and encourages self-advancement in confidence, while promoting dreams, hopes, aspirations and inner desires.

Hematite is also believed to have many healing properties. It is said to improve the circulatory system, in particular the way that blood moves throughout the body. It is supposed to help guard against kidney disorders as well as those of the blood and the nervous system. Some even claim that it helps to heal broken bones, reduces inflammation, soothes away leg cramps, and lessens insomnia.

Hematite is the stone for the astrological signs of Aquarius and Aries.

Hematite: Roman warrior's talisman

18k gold and sterling silver ring with Hematites and pearls
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Playful kitten

Multi-strand necklace with stones, pearls and sterling silver clasp
Design: Christine von Schönburg

Monday, July 5, 2010

Flower Power

18k gold with white and red coral earrings
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Monday, June 14, 2010

The gentle healing power of the sea

Sterling silver with Mother of Pearl ring
Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Friday, May 21, 2010

PREZIOSA, contemporary jewellery

PREZIOSA is a cultural project designed and co-ordinated

by “Le Arti Orafe”, since 1985 the most prestigious contemporary jewellery school in Italy.
The school has always stood out because of its activities in promoting jewellery culture in the widest and most complete sense of the expression.

The project, launched in 2005, has already become one of the most important European events devoted to contemporary jewellery.

see more here

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Personality Traits
warm, cheerful, jovial, sunny, bright, radiant, mellow, original, imaginative, idealistic, spiritual, creative, artistic, hope, optimism, sun, summer

Cultural Meanings
In Asia, yellow represents a sacred and imperial feeling. In Western countries, yellow represents joy and happiness.The native Americans interpreted yellow to symbolize love and overcoming challenges.

Women wore yellow ribbons as a sign of hope for men to return from the war.* In the War of Dynasty (1357), each warrior wore a yellow chrysanthemum as a pledge of courage.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Twinkle, twinkle...

18k gold and Goethite ring
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Thursday, February 18, 2010

@ Notorious

Check this great blog about fashion and design:
"These pieces are made out of brazilian white coral. It's so unique. You can find more in Christine Schönburg's blog - here."

The bolder, the better !

18k gold,amethyst and turquoise necklace
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

18k gold and pearl ring
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Design: Christine v. Schönburg

Black and white never goes out of fashion

Steling silver, pearls, white and black agathe
Design: Christine v.Schönburg