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Miss Christine Lopez

Owner,
Gem Surprise | Facet Force

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Gem Surprise | Facet Force

Bio

Hello, my name is Christine Lopez GG, AJP! 

I wear many hats in our wonderful industry but I mostly work as a designer, jeweler, enamelist, and gemstone cutter at my companies Christini Collection and Facet Force. Southern California has always been home for me and I take pride in doing all of my own manufacturing here in San Diego. My latest work project is formulating an online course for those interested in learning more about the intricate art of gemstone cutting. 


With degrees from GIA and UCLA, my background in gemology, mineralogy, and the geosciences deepens my passion for my work. I was studying climatology before discovering the wonderful world of gemstones which is why I care so much about how I manufacture my jewelry and where I source my stones from. 
My past experiences allow me to develop a more intimate relationship with the gemstones and precious metals I work with. I enjoy learning and have taught myself everything I know about jewelry manufacturing, gemstone cutting, and enameling.


My passions include gemology, geology, art history, herpetology, cooking, gardening, and exploring our oceans. I am interested in learning more about antique artisanal techniques, responsible manufacturing, and how I can become more involved with projects working towards creating a system of accountability for the colored stone trade. 

I currently serve as the President of the San Diego Chapter. I was humbled and honored to be WJA San Diego's 2018 Shinning Star and to be awarded the 2019 Rising Star Alumni Award from College of the Canyons.


Follow me @FacetForce and @ChristiniJewels 

Education

UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States
B.A., 2015
Geology/Environmental Sciences

Gemological Insitute of America
Carlsbad, California, United States
Applied Jewelry Professional, 2016

Gemologocal Institute of America
Carlsbad, California, United States
Graduate Gemologist, 2016

College of the Canyons
Valencia, California, United States
A.S., 2010
Biological and Physical Sciences