Precious and light butterflies as positive thoughts ....
Rose gold pendant with mirrors, enamelled black opals.
My entire life, being born and raised in such distant and different places in the world has influenced my creativity with a fusion of many opposites, enabling me to understand that, after all, nothing is ‘different’ and we are all part of the same uniqueness, intended as the notion of being unique but also as the notion of being different.
The philosophy of my creations aspires to this very concept: the fact that we are all part of the same ONE, each of us in our own uniqueness, as we learn in yoga which means to unite (from sanscrit word yug), if we manage to see beyond the duality we all are one, united in our uniqueness.
At the beginning of my creative journey my work was the artistic expression of my nomadism with ethnic and ancestral symbol being researched and expressed. Nowadays I ‘play around’ with introducing alternative materials, technologies, finish, coating and exploring new ways of working with beauty in unconventional manners.
Symbols, their meanings and other elements of nature, arts and architecture continue to inspire me so my creations unite tradition and innovation, the past with the future in a contemporary way.
The common denominator will always be to create one-of-a-kind experience, a sculpture to wear but carefully maintaining them ergonomically correct and with high craftsmanship contents.
‘Souls in a precious form’ is this, a reflection the person’s frame of mind wearing it.
All my creations come from an interior experience and each piece has a name, a story, a concept, a research in terms of materials and an emotion that have inspired them.
Such adventure becomes even more unique when I am asked to create them bespoke. Then begins the one to one relation in which I dive in the world and spirit of the person commissioning the jewel…as a revelation of a small part of a of her soul to me..
Cristina Rotondaro, born in Kenya and daughter of an Italian Ambassador, grew between Kenya, Morocco, San Marino, the Philippines and Brazil.
She completed the degree in Business Administration and furthered her education with a Master in International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University.
Her work experience began in the Marketing of the fashion company producing avant-guard brands of the early 90’s such as Fendissime, Marithe Francois Girbaud and Katherine Hamnet and soon after she moved at Saatchi & Saatchi advertising. After her Master she entered Bvlgari, where she stayed six years. This was a fundamental experience in the world of gems and Cristina felt passionate about the jewelry industry, getting familiar with both gemology and jewels production process.
In the year 2000 she started her own career as a designer, creating and launching her own brand: EKA.
Her first jewelry collection took form from contemporary ethnic research gathered through her numerous journeys across the world. Her creative path then evolved towards different interpretations of subject matters, ranging from the Elements, dream worlds, architectural structures, art music, fashion, psychology, Buddhist, Hindu and yoga sacred tests.
A regular yoga practitioner – with an Iyengar Yoga Teacher Diploma achieved at Paris Centre, under the guidance of Sri Faeq Biria – she often takes this discipline as a point of reference for many of her inspirations both from the use of symbols and for its millennial philosophy.
In 2003 Cristina started selling at Barneys New York and at other Barneys stores all across the United States of America.
Between 2003 and 2012 the creations of the designer, appreciated among others by the Queen of Jordan, are distributed also by Harvey Nichols in London, by Holt Renfrew in Vancouver and by exclusive retailers in Capri and Milan. Her flagship store in Rome, Rampa Mignanelli is mentioned as a “jewelry of the city“ for two years in the city Guide Louis Vuitton.
In 2011, Cristina exposed as unique jewelry designer at the 54th Biennale of Venice Arts.
In 2015 she launched the collection “One of a Kind”, created in her own Atelier do Horto, at the Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro.
In the same year she presented at the “Triennale” of Milan an iconic piece for the EXPO 2015 in Milan, called “e-KGilibrio”. This same art piece was presented in Rio in an event organized together with Harper’s Bazaar Art Magazine.
In 2016 she has the honor and exclusive permission from the Rio de Janeiro Archidiocese to create the jewel “The skin of Christ the Redeemer”, her line completely dedicated to social causes.
Increasingly interested in using unusual materials such as oxidized bronze, Brazilian and African wood, enamels, glass and silk threads, her creation moves more and more towards arts and finest craftsmanship, seeking preciousness and uniqueness.
The latest ‘Trasparenze’ collection continues to explore materials, symbols and multicolored lights of stones and transparent glazes.
Being born with an artistic spirit was not easy in my family but as usual, difficulties are there to temper our will and passion and make us understand who we are and what we really want to achieve.
I started with precious, pieces of art jewels with a concept and a soul and as the years went by I always looked for the essence of beauty, freed from the commercial valued. The concept and message always came from a personal experience and vision of existence.
I have played around with ebony, oxidized metals, titanium, PVD, springs, enamels, tree bark, bronze and many other alternative material because art, beauty and design must transcend value and classical paradigm but speak directly to the soul.
Was hosted in Milan, Italy and was considered the major world event that occurred there in the last decades.
‘Nourish the Planet, Energy for Life’ is the theme with the pioneering support of the UN and the UNE and the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).
It was the biggest event ever made about food and nutrition.
The participation of the designer Cristina Rotondaro is not something new. She was the only designer to expose at the Biennale of Venice in 2011. Her vision of the world and her nomadic spirit together with her sensitivity gave her the chance to present there the e-KGilibrio necklace. It represents her interpretation of this topic.
The launch was made at the Triennale of Milan, perfect frame for the designer, with the presence of artists, VIPs and journalists.
A Charity project and a tribute to solidarity.
From her Atelier at the Horto, Jardim Botânico, Cristina Rotondaro has an inspiring view of iconic Christ The Redeemer statue and Sanctuary, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World and a defining image of Rio de Janeiro.
The Skin of Christ The Redeemer is a Charity project/jewel in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the proceeds will be donated to support social projects of the Christ The Redeemer Sanctuary.
The jewel is inspired by the extraordinary but lesser-known history of the statue that was built entirely with donations from the Brazilian people. During the construction, small paper triangles, with the name of the families/donors, where placed below the outer layers of “soapstone” triangles/tiles (million pieces) that cover up the statue and can be seen by the naked eye only when one sees the statue closely.
The artist pay tribute to solidarity and to the people that silently contribute to a better world.
There are two versions of the jewel, in two sizes. One with the open arms and one with the perspective of Christ the Redeemer’s face taken in three quarter.
A first step of the solidarity project in collaboration with the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, “Skin of Christ The Redeemer” was a donation to CASA MATERNAL MELLO MATTOS – a charity, educational, philanthropic entity responsible for the school Casa Maternal Mello Mattos – for the construction of its philanthropic digital portal aimed at disclosing the entity’s assistance work. Access: