As an navy brat growing up everywhere from the gorgeous beaches of Guam to the great green outdoors of Washington State, Christine Young was never at a loss for creative inspiration. Artistically inclined since day one, she decided to double-down on her drawing skills, studying illustration at New York’s Parsons School of Design. The downside of turning sketching into an academic occupation? Eventually she burnt-out and was hungry for a new outlet.
So off Christine went to Virginia, where she started working with an engagement ring and soon fell hard for jewelry design (er, if not necessarily ceremonial bling itself). Not one to do something halfway, Christine spent all of her spare time teaching herself as many tips and tricks as she could, and in 2012 she founded Young Frankk—a line of chic, geometric jewelry that runs the gamut from dainty everyday wear to bold statement pieces, all in hammered metals. It’s easy to trace the simple lines of her pieces back to her mostly monochromatic early artwork, but another thing about Young Frankk that ties to her history? The name itself. “It’s my grandfather’s name backwards, and I added the extra K so people didn’t think it was a young man named Frank!” Extra consonants or not, it’s a collection we’re—quite frankly—in love with. — Leah Bhaba
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