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Inside the Design Studio | Christina Greene

Fun story, I met Christina Greene when we were booth neighbors at an outdoor creative “flea” market back when I first started my business in Houston. She was working for another designer at the time, but it wasn’t long before she had contacted me to let me know that she was starting her line. Through the years, we have carried her line in the store and her work has been a client favorite for sure! I’m super excited that we are re-introducing her line back into the store. Her new Geometric Collection has so many interesting pieces that I can’t wait to pair with our clothes!

Christina Greene Jewelry Turquoise Geometric Collection at David Peck

Based in Houston, you can find Christina’s work in over 40 boutiques worldwide. She’s accessorized over 10,000 customers, appeared in both national and international fashion and lifestyle publications, Christina is committed to designing jewelry that makes women feel beautiful, stylish, and confident.

If you haven’t heard about Christina or know much about her work, I think you’ll enjoy this feature. She’s passionate about giving back, so that makes her an automatic winner in my book. I asked Christina to tell us a little bit about how she started and of course, she answered our questionnaire!

Christina Greene Jewelry Black Onyx Geometric Collection at David Peck

Tell me how you got started!

I believe jewelry should elevate an outfit and be so eye-catching it’s worth talking about. Like many of my customers, I didn’t want to settle for the trend-of-the-minute jewelry options you see in every store. My preference for wardrobe basics meant my jewelry needed to stand out. This drove me to begin designing and wearing my pieces.

After graduating from TCU (Go Frogs!), I moved to New York to get more experience in the fashion industry and study jewelry design at Parsons, The New School of Design.

My business began in 2010 when a woman stopped me on the street and bought a necklace I’d made right off my neck. Born and raised in Houston, I moved back that same year and created Christina Greene Jewelry.

Christina Greene Jewelry Inside the Design Studio with David Peck

How would you describe your style?

My goal is to create jewelry that is worth a compliment in any decade because it’s unique, timeless and celebrates the beauty of the earth’s natural stones.

I design jewelry to surpass trends and built to last decades. Each piece is carefully designed in our Houston, Texas studio and crafted by a team of skilled artisans in Jaipur, India. Genuine semi-precious stones, 18K gold plating over hypoallergenic and nickel-free brass, and unique, timeless design are hallmarks of my designs.

What inspires you?

My southern roots, world travel, and love of art! I like to take classic designs and add modern elements to create chic jewelry collections that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether I’m enjoying the outdoors with my family in Crested Butte, CO, cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs during football season, or traveling to countries near and far to see and experience their culture and beauty, I am drawing inspiration for jewelry.

My designs evolve as I see and experience more, but my commitment to customers is always the same: unique, quality jewelry that makes them stand out in every room.

Why Houston?

My love for Houston shows through my volunteer work, community involvement, and financial giving. I serve and financially supports organizations, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, American Lung Association, and the Houston SPCA. I also design jewelry for worthy causes and donate the proceeds to the organizations in need. Inspired by my uncle’s battle with lung cancer, I designed the ​Scotty Necklace​ in his honor and donated over $50,000 in sales to the American Lung Association, and my ​#TexasStrong Necklace​ has raised over $10,000 for local Houston organizations affected by Hurricane Harvey to date.

What is your most-used emoji?

😘 or 🎉

What was the worst haircut you ever had?

When I was in 6th grade I decided I wanted a bob. An actual bob where it was right at my ears and that was the summer I went to summer camp and used Sun-In 🤦🏻‍♀️. It was really bad! I was never meant to have anything else but brown hair.

Who was your childhood actor/actress crush?

Jennifer Aniston is still my favorite actress!

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As far as actors, I loved Brad Pitt but didn’t everybody?

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What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock?

Abercrombie and Fitch. I still don’t understand how that was such a trend in middle/ high school! I had a pair of ripped up jeans that I vividly remember my dad throwing away because they were sooo awful!

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You have your own late-night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Jennifer Aniston or Sarah-Jessica Parker

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If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?

Comedy (romantic comedy) — only because I’m a sucker for comedies and especially romantic comedies. Also, currently I’m all about love since I’m about to get married! ….and I would hope Jennifer Anniston would play me… hahaha :)

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick?

Anything Spice Girls or Destiny’s Child; TLC’s Waterfall was my girlfriends and my go-to songs for karaoke in college and probably still are.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Treat everyone as you would want to be treated. My dad has told me this ever since I was young and it’s something I try to live every day!

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When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

My kindness and how great of a friend I was to everyone around me.
If you’re asking more career-wise, then obviously an amazing jewelry designer!!

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What would the title of your autobiography be?

OH, gosh this is hard!! Maybe... “Where are we headed?” — all my life and still I’ve always been on the go and love adventure and traveling and experiencing new experiences. I feel like there is always more to see and explore and I’d like to experience as much as possible!

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What was the worst job you ever had?

Right out of college I was a marketing assistant for a sports agency but in reality, I was an assistant to the agents. Sounds like a fun job, however, it wasn’t the ideal job for me and I wanted to do more than what the job entailed. There wasn’t enough creativity for me. Plus... I like sports but I don’t LOVE them.

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Which band/artist-dead or alive would play at your funeral?

George Strait

What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled that feels like home and is not where you currently live?

Crested Butte, Co. It’s a place I have spent a lot of time in ever since 1997 and is where my fiancé, David, and I are getting married at the end of July. It’s nothing like Houston and is our favorite spot to get away (summer or winter). It’s extremely special to me and now us!

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What’s one thing we don’t know about you?

I hate mushrooms or anything with a weird texture such as bananas, flan, etc.

If you could hang out with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?

Barbie! I loved playing with barbies as a kid!

Or Ariel from the Little Mermaid. This was a favorite movie of mine as a kid.

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If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?

Princess Diana. She was fabulous.

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What is your favorite curse word?

Crap 

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Lawyer or Realtor. I don’t have the patience to go to school that long to be a lawyer. Real estate is something I think I could be good at and enjoy. My second love is interior design and I love looking at homes and meeting new people so a job where I do both would be fun! I love my career in fashion and especially being a designer. I’ll never give it up!

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Laughter. Laughing is when I feel most myself and my happiest. You know that feeling when your abs hurt because you’re laughing so hard? Yep, that’s happiness to me!

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What is your greatest fear?

SNAKES!! I absolutely can’t stand them. They scare me and somehow I always see them in the weirdest situations.

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1 Response

Amy Pierce

Amy Pierce

July 09, 2019

David- I just love your interview questions! As I read her answers (which make me want to want to know her immediately – we are already soul sisters!), your questions encouraged me to think how I would answer them. Had to do a little soul-searching myself! I sincerely hope I can stop by on Thursday to meet Christina- thank you for sharing her with us!

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