CABBochon Company represents Christina Baitz Brandewie: an art jeweler with over thirty years’ experience, specializing in hand fabrication of fine metals integrated with precious gemstones. The artist conducts every step of production herself: from design, to formation, soldering, gem setting, through polishing.
The inspiration for each design comes from each unique gemstone’s exceptional quality, intense color, and unusual cut – in turn, the jewelry perfectly highlights the gem’s natural beauty. CABBochon artworks consist of Platinum; Sterling Silver; or yellow, white, and pink Gold in fourteen or eighteen carat. CABBochon pieces are readily identifiable by their sophisticated design and hallmark stamp of Christina’s initials “CABB ”, hence CABBjewelry.
“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”Elizabeth Taylor
“I try to write a poem but every metaphor is beaten by my mother’s hammer – twang of steel on gold…”from Ekphrastic by Alicia Marie Brandewie
“Now the melancholy God protect thee, and the tailor make thy garments of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is opal.”William Shakespeare
“…wear the drops in the American South among girls in full strands – passed through generations…”Pearls by Alicia Marie Brandewie
“Rich and rare were the gems she wore, And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.”Thomas Moore
Please contact these galleries for the latest jewelry designs:
EAT Gallery, Exquisite Art Treasures, Maysville, KY
Christensen-Heller Gallery, Oakland, CA
Artifacts Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Cockerill Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
A.R.T., Art Resource Team, Wyoming, OH
Cincinnati Art Museum, Permanent collection – 1989
Exhibitions & Awards
2015 3rd Place Award Winner, 2015 International Metal “Foldform” Competition http://www.centerformetalarts.com/2015-foldform-competition-results.html
2013 “Sparkle in the City”, WJA 1st juried Member sale of Midwest art jewelry, Chicago, IL
2011 & 12 Art & Design Faculty Exhibit & Encore:Alumni Excellence, Mt.St. Joseph U. Cin.,OH
2010 & 09 MSJ Alumni Excellence Invitational, Studio San Guiseppe, Cinti., OH.
2008 “Celebrating Beads”, International Jewelry Competition, Bead Museum; Wash., DC.
B·E·A·D International; Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH; Libby Gregory OH Award Winner.
Solo Exhibit of Handcrafted Jewelry; EAT Gallery, Maysville, KY.
2015, ’14, ’13, ’09, ’08, & ’07, ‘01 “Best of…”, Exhibitions; OH Designer Craftsmen, Columbus, OH.
2006 Ohio’s Governor Inauguration: Jewelry Selected & worn by Strickland’s wife.
2005 “Masterful Metalsmiths”, Invitational of Ohio Metals. Lancaster, OH.
2004 “Educators/Educated: Jewelry & Metals in Ohio”, Invitational, Riffe Gallery, Col., OH.
2003 “Master CraftWorks”; Regional multi-craft Invitational, College of Mt. St. Joseph., OH.
“Hammered & Forged: 25 Years of Miami Metalsmiths”; invitational, Miami U. Art Museum, Oxford, OH.
1999 Juror; Wyoming Art Show; Wyoming, OH.
2001, 1999, 1997 “Annual Fine Craft Exhibition”; Craft Guild of Cincinnati; Cincinnati,OH.
- Invitational Art Jewelry Exhibition; Briani & Miotto; Cincinnati, OH.
Metals Workshop Leader for CGGC, Mt. St. Joseph College, Cincinnati, OH.
1995 “Funky & Functional Teapots”; Entry selected for postcard invitations. A.Hourbocken, Inc., Cudahy, NY.
- “Poetic Objects, Contemporary Am. Jewelry” Invitational, Images Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY.
- “National Teapot Show II”, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.
- “John Nartker & Friends”, Studio San Guiseppe, College of MSJ, OH.
- “A Celebration of Gemstones”, Jewelry Invitational. Briani & Miotto, Cin., OH.
“Expressions: Jewelry in the 1990’s”, Invitational of 25 artists. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
- “The Fine Art of Design”, Invitational, Studio San Guiseppe, College of MSJ, OH.
- Acquisition for Permanent Collection; “Tea for Two”; pewter tea set.. Cincinnati Art Museum, OH.
“By Women’s Hands”, Invitational of women artists. Marietta College, Marietta, OH.
“ ’89 Water Tower Annual”, Louisville Visual art Assoc. National Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
1988 “Alumnae Award for Excellence in Art”, Dept. of Art, College of MSJ, Cin., OH.
Earring Competition”, Society of North Am. Goldsmiths, Joan Michlin Collection,NY.
’88, ’87, ’86, ‘84 Award of Excellence, Craft Guild of Greater Cincinnati Exhibitions; OH.
’88, ’86, ’84 OH Designer Craftsmen, Award of Excellence, Crafts Affair (Fair) Cin.., OH.
’88, ’87, ’86 “Waterside Fair”, Jurors Award for Merit, Best of Show, & 3rd Prize; Louisville., KY.
’88, ’87 “Winterfair”; Purchase Award & Award of Excellence ; OH Designer Craftsmen, Col., OH.
1987 “Holloware ‘87”, Tower, Tyler,& Roland Galleries, State U of NY. Poster & Catalog.
Nat’l Sculpture Conference: : Works by Women,; Commissioned Pendant Awards:for Honorees;Cincinnati, OH.
- “Ohio Metals Invitational”, 13 OH metal artists. Heistand Gallery, Miami U, Oxford, OH.
1985 “ 15th Ohio Craft Invitational”; 16 OH artists; Mansfield Arts Center, Mansfield, OH.
1984 “Cincinnati Selections”; 9 artist invitational; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH.
“MU 50/108 National Metal Sculpture Competition”, Millersville U, Millersville, PA.
- “Ohio Designer Craftsmen Anniversary Exhibit”; Columbus, OH – Oxford, OH.
1982 “Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibit”; Chargin Falls, OH . Exhibitor & Catalog entry.
1981 “Metalsmith ‘81”; Society of North American Goldsmiths, Lawrence, KS. Catalog entry.
“American Art Annual”; Middletown, OH. First Place & Honorable Mention.
“Centennial Invitational Exhibition”; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cin., OH . Catalog entry.
“Marietta College Crafts National ‘81”; Marietta OH. Exhibitor & Catalog entry.
Master of Arts in Metalsmithing, Miami University, Oxford, OH – 1980
- Magna Cum Laude honors
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
- Magna Cum Laude honors, Class of 1979
Participant in numerous Metal workshops as continuing Education classes
CABBochon Co. – Art Jeweler, designer & metalsmith for more than 25 years
Adjunct Professor, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH ~ 2011, 1989 & 1979
- teach and organize accredited Jewelry, Metalsmithing, and 3-D Design classes
Gallery Assistant, EAT Gallery, Maysville, KY ~ 2007
Jeweler, Weber/Matthews Antiques & Jewelry, Lebanon, OH ~ 6/81 – 5/84
- Restored antique jewelry and small metal objects ‘d art using all phases of jewelry repair and gem setting techniques.
Jeweler, Victor Corp., Cincinnati, OH ~ Summer ’77, ‘78, & ’79
- Manufactured fine gold jewelry & taught several apprentice jewelers.
Apprentice Jeweler, The Litwin Co., Cincinnati, OH ~ 8/74 – 9/76
- Studied the jewelry manufacturing trade while producing fine gold jewelry
Women’s Jewelry Association ~ OH/KY Chapter board member 2014 – present
Society of North American Goldsmiths ~ 1979 – 2014
American Craft Council ~ 1980 – Present
Ohio Designer Craftsmen ~ 1980 – Present
Craft Guild of Greater Cincinnati ~ 1979 till dissolution 2003
- Board Member 1979 – ’89/President 1983 – ’85
KY Guild of Artists & Craftsmen ~ 1986 – ’88