JEWELLERY DESIGNER BACKGROUND
Cristina Ortiz is well known in the world of fashion. A former design director for Prada in Milan, Ortiz has also been creative director for Salvatore Ferragamo, Chantelle, Brioni and Lanvin. Ortiz graduated from the fashion institute Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, and for the past decade has focused on helping brands develop a strong identity. In 2014, she embarked on a new adventure designing her own jewellery line.
Ortiz spent her first 16 years in the Canary Islands and says the sea, sun and volcanic terrain of the islands contributed to the development of her artistic sensibilities. For Ortiz, the perfect design is one that combines uniqueness and
Clockwise from left: Earrings, ring, necklace and double finger ring in black gold and diamonds from Cristina Ortiz’s first collection general appeal, a form that can stand the test of time.
her first collection, a line she says is dedicated to all self-confident women, Ortiz tried to capture the movement of angels’ wings in a modern way. “I took inspiration from a distant world… a harmonious blend between fantastical creatures and enigmatic angels, with jewellery that is a sophisticated synthesis of form and meaning.” The pieces have a sculptured look, with winged or curved rings and earrings set in black diamonds.