Baroque pearl 18 gold plated cross earrings. 1990s. Active since 1972 Christopher Walling Jewelry Art
Christopher Walling Jewelry Art
The story of self-taught jewelry designer Walling began in his childhood when he was eight years old!
The son of the United Nations’ activist, he spent his childhood in the capitals of Lebanon, France, Switzerland, and West Africa. According to Walling, Africa influenced his love affair for color. In particular, the fabrics of African women’s clothes, the way they wore turbans, and their elegance. He was there for two years and undoubtedly, had great and useful experience there.
Meanwhile, in 1968 he moved to New York. Already in 1972 he began making his own jewelry line, which we now know under the name of Christopher Walling. Noteworthy, the designer became known mostly for his unusually shaped and rare baroque pearl and diamond jewelry. His work has significantly influenced modern jewelry, featured in various TV programs. In particular, two PBS documentaries, the Nova program, “Mystique of the Pearl” and the Nature special “Diamonds.”
Described by Sotheby’s as “undoubtedly one of the most exciting jewelry designers”, his creations have adorned many celebrities. Among them Maya Angelou, Linda Gray, Brook Hayward, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Queen Noor of Jordan, Danielle Steele, Renee Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and others.
Abalone, Freshwater Pearl and square Diamonds set in 18K yellow and white Gold
The American Museum Natural History (New York City) included numerous pieces by him in three of their exhibits (“Pearls!” “Diamonds!” and “Gold!”) which traveled around the world for up to six years.
Christopher Walling Jewelry Art
Two brooches in a naturalistic style. 1990
Tahitian Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, white and brown Diamond Flower Pin, Silver and 18K Gold
Butterfly brooch. Emerald carved wings, Peridot, pink Spinel and Diamonds, 18K yellow and white Gold
Aspen Leaf with Emerald, Tsavorite, Peridot, Demantoid Garnet and baguette Diamond stem set in Platinum, oxidized Silver and 18K yellow Gold
A pair of clips with fire opal and olivine. 1995. The frame from oxidized silver indicates that the clips were made in the 1990s, and not in the 1980s
Carved Emerald leaves, South Sea Baroque Pearls and Diamond pave set in 18K white and yellow Gold
Ruby leaves, Amethyst, Diamond, pink Conch and baroque Pearl drops set in 18K yellow and white Gold
Clips with diamonds and demantoid grenades. 1997. Simple clean lines and delicate colors of white diamonds, green olives and oxidized silver make these clips typical for the 1990s
Cross shaped 18 K gold plated earrings
Fire Opal, Colombian Emeralds set in oxidized Silver and 18k yellow Gold
Flower pin. Aquamarines, Abalone and Freshwater Pearls with Diamonds set in 18K white Gold
Jade bracelet with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires
Natural American pearls and diamonds cufflinks
Pink Diamond tulips with detachable Diamond baguette stems set in Platinum, Sapphires set in oxidized Silver
Precious stones and jade pin. According to Walling, his homage to Cartier’s tutti frutti period
Ridged Star with Baroque Biwa Pearl, pin and earrings, 18K yellow gold
Star brooch. Pearl, Abalone and Diamonds set in oxidized Silver and 18K yellow Gold
Trellis Biwa Pearls and Diamond channel set in 18K white Gold
18 Karat Gold and Turquoise Brooch and Earclips
18K Yellow Gold Oyster Brooch, Crazed Opal