About

Cristina Leonard Jewelry - Photograph by Jonathan David Sabin

I am a natural born collector. As a small child
I gathered pebbles, shells, feathers, bits of glass or
anything my young imagination could make into a
relic from the distant past. At the same time,
making things with our hands was simply something
that people in my family did. I can’t imagine living
my life any other way.

Cristina Leonard Jewelry - Photograph by Jonathan David Sabin

I remained fascinated by the natural world and the
early cultures that lived so connected to it. I
studied Art History and Anthropology at the
University of Iowa, and over the years I have
worked with various media. Metal smithing freed me
to create my own pieces based on natural forms
and ancient symbols, but my years working with
other media still influence what I create. 

Cristina Leonard Jewelry - Photograph by Jonathan David Sabin

I work mainly in fine silver, bronze, 24 carat gold and
resin, incorporating precious and semi-precious stones
and lampwork glass beads. Art naturally means something to the artist, but jewelry is very personal to the wearer. You and I have different life experiences, and the final meaning of a piece is something we give it together.