Chris Desjardins

Metal / Mandeville, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

Contemporary bead artist working in semi-precious stone,
freshwater pearl, and precious metal to create elegant and
mysterious wearable art. Christine conceived the pod series after
Katrina as a symbol of Louisiana rising above the swamp to fl ower
again. Her Louisiana Lotus pod designs feature custom cast silver
pods set with semi-precious or sterling seeds. Garnet, iolite,
labradorite (silver moonstone), carnelian, and freshwater pearl
all lend their color and lustre to the organic shape of Louisiana
Lotus pod necklace or earings. In Asia, the lotus fl ower rising
out of the swamp symbolizes the spirit’s ability to bloom in any


Christine gained her aesthetic respect for the mystery of organic, earthy materials in her upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country, and learned how to create classic elegance while living and working in Paris, France