Chris Young at his display of pearl jewelry at Haven & Co. in Brentwood. Photo by Westside People
Spend a few minutes with Christopher Young and it’s easy to understand how a strand of pearls can tell a story. The jewelry designer specializes in unique Tahitian and South Sea pearls along with Japanese Akoya that have been carefully cultivated on a daily basis for years in the ocean.
Exclusively displaying at Haven & Co. in Brentwood, Christopher Young Designs offers exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings. He also creates custom pieces and can redesign jewelry, often bringing a family heirloom that was out of style back to life.
“You can always reuse precious jewelry and transform it into something you will love,” Young said. “That’s what really gives me great pleasure; I strive to make each special order with the highest quality for the price that my clients are comfortable with.”
For Young, the most challenging part of creating pearl jewelry is the hunt. Several times per year he travels to gem shows around the country and frequently visits gem dealers to find new and interesting pearls and stones for his designs.
He showed off a pair of earrings made from matching Two Tone Blue Australian South Sea Baroque pearls he described as two in 10 million. “These came from two different oysters and they match not only in size and shape but their luster and color go from white to blue transitioning. I had to hunt for these pearls from two different dealers and match them up,” Young said.
Young prides himself in creating designs that differ from the pearl jewelry that might be seen in other retailers, incorporating vivid and exceptional color tones and rare shapes. Whether it is a small gift for a recent school graduate or a special creation for an anniversary or Valentines Day, Young will work with you to find or custom make the perfect gift.