When you adorn yourself with a piece from Chrissy’s Coils, designer Christen Romans wants you to feel beautiful, and confident enough to experience the freedom that comes from embracing everything that is uniquely you.
Extravagant and classic
Her pieces are made from aluminium, copper, sterling silver and gold-filled wire. Romans told BUZZ that each piece is handmade with care, precision and love; intricately designed to represent her Afrocentric roots, but also slightly extravagant and classic.
“I try to create things that I haven’t necessarily seen before or I will put a spin on a classic design concept.”— Romans
While the business has seen success, Romans embarked on the venture by chance.
“I always loved jewellery, and I would save my lunch money in high school to buy little pieces that stood out to me. But I could never find any nice clip on earrings because my ears aren’t pierced. Then a friend of mine suggested that I should try making jewellery out of wire,” she said.
“I started wearing my pieces and people around me began to say that they would buy my creations, so I just started selling them to interested persons,” she said.
Two years later and Roman’s has had fashion influencers wearing her pieces. She has also created a reputation of style and uniqueness for herself.
“I try to create things that I haven’t necessarily seen before or I will put a spin on a classic design concept,” she said.
Done to order
Her pieces are done to order, and Roman’s prides herself on her pieces being very long-lasting.
“The lifespan of a piece depends on how you care for them really. People have come to me saying that they still have pieces from four years ago when I just started. I try to use the right material for the type of piece so that my clients can get the best use out of them,” she said.
The 25-year-old Westmoreland native told BUZZ that she is currently working on her website, but for now, her pieces can be ordered via her Instagram page (@chrissys_coils).
Each piece is sold for between $1,000 and $15,000 depending on the design, type of material used.