Born and raised in Switzerland, I have been living in Santa Barbara, California since 1997 where I completed an interior design program in 2003. After attending jewelry classes at the Santa Barbara Continuing Education Program, I found my passion for working with precious metals and, applying my design background, I have been designing and crafting jewelry ever since. Since 2006 I am working as a full time designing jeweler in Santa Barbara. claudiaA. designs are inspired by architecture, geometrical shapes and unusual material combinations. My goal is to create minimal, timeless pieces that can be worn every day and for special occasions alike. My jewelry is hand-fabricated and while working primarily in sterling silver, I sometimes corporate gold, copper, enamel (kiln fired glass on metal), up-cycled bicycle tubing rubber and packaging plastics as well as felt into my jewelry designs. I am constantly looking for and exploring with new materials I can use as unusual accents in my sterling designs. Some of my newer designs are folded fine silver or woven with stainless steel cord, creating 3 dimensional shapes without the use of solder.