New York City based jewelry designer Cristina Gabriele of Heart & Noble gives us insight into her collection, life in the industry and advice from her experiences throughout a successful career in the fashion world. Gabriele studied Psychology and business at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. While her majors suggest she has various passions, the designer grew to pave the way for a new approach to design, proving the sky is the limit when you’re doing something you love.
Since she was 12 years old she wanted to pursue her education in Liberal Arts as she always felt passionate about the creative side of the industry. “I have always known that I wanted to create objects,” says Gabriele. “Jewelry has always been of particular interest as I feel it has the potential to be deeply intimate, lasting, supportive and transformative.” Her hunger for design is fueled by the unique ability she has to re-conceive our current relationship to jewelry.
Ultimately, her goal is to alter and expand our notions and behaviors towards physical objects; objects that we choose to adopt and wear on our bodies. “I’m interested in designing objects that elevate, inspire, support and transform environments, attitudes and the feelings of wearers and observers. I decided to embark along this career path because of this passion,” exclaimed Gabriele. “Because of the belief in my ability to create and the belief that my work could transform into something significant and meaningful to others.”
Self motivation and determination led her to employ methods and materials native to industrial design while combining mathematical precision with a delicate, sensitive aesthetic. The concept of the collection is something so simple yet unique and unconventional. Gabriele is rediscovering the everyday object into something different, something highly fashionable. Raising awareness for everyday objects is one of the key concepts behind Heart & Noble as well as celebrating the worth of industrial materials.
Heart & Noble invigorates and compels, offering a variety of sleek, sophisticated designs for both men and women who appreciate a distinct, contemporary sensibility. In other words, her jewelry is designed in a way that it transcends age. Gabriele mentioned that a young girl, a middle-aged working woman, or an older mother could wear her jewelry. Since her designs are wearable by any personality type and most importantly, they do not focus on one look.
“I see jewelry more like a piece of garment, it’s not an accessory,” she said. “I don’t think of it as something secondary.” The creativity process involves sophisticated, cutting edge, provocative designs that are both cool and classic, and entirely distinct in their personality. The idea is to combine industrialized hardware and manufacturing with exceptional and innovative craftsmanship in order to support the ethos and identity of being a conceptual brand first.
And If you’re wondering what the model for her success is, you’re in luck, since she wasn’t too shy to dish on career advice. This driven designer knows just what it takes to reach up the ladder in the industry and she has the best advice to give anyone starting off in the fashion industry:
- Get as much practice as you can before starting something of your own.
- Experience is key, and getting experience can provide you with information very quickly. (Once you learn that, then you can realize what aspect of the business interests you and focus.)
- Lastly, designers face too much pressure and expectation in this day and age. The idea is to not get intimidated but to focus on a product that is unique and something you call your own.
Heart & Noble has received notable industry recognition and support from various media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, L’Officiel China, The Observer, CNN and NBC. If you’re in the mood to splurge this holiday season, you can find some of the pieces at select retailers in New York City below:
- Young x Able Pop Up – January 3rd 2016.
- Ground Floor Gallery BK – December 19th 2016.
- FLAT 128 – available all year round, but featuring exclusive pieces this December.