Passion for natural beauty fires creativity

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The icy sparkle of a diamond and brilliant colours found in other precious and semi-precious stones inspire St. Vital jewelry designer and gemologist Christopher Redd.

Redd, who owns and operates Redd Line Jewellery with wife Lori, said his passion for gemstones dates back about 25 years.

“I had a great love of rocks and minerals.”

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Jewelry designer and gemologist Christopher Rudd runs Redd Line Jewellery, located at 725 St. Mary’s Rd. He and wife Lori also have a booth at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.
Supplied photo Jewelry designer and gemologist Christopher Rudd runs Redd Line Jewellery, located at 725 St. Mary’s Rd. He and wife Lori also have a booth at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.

Mainly a self-taught designer, he took training in stone carving, cutting and polishing in order to showcase stones’ natural beauty in gold and silver rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

The Redds’ shop, located at 725 St. Mary’s Rd., is now open to the public. They also have a booth at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market each Saturday. Redd said he was an early adopter and established a web presence in the late 1990s that included a basic e-commerce function. While the store’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy accounts help potential customers view Redd’s jewellery designs, he said he believes in-person shopping is the best way to select jewelry.

“I design and create in ways that incorporate different ideas and themes.”

Redd is a lapidary artist and stonecutter able to discover what he calls the God-given beauty hidden in raw material. One of his most memorable pieces features an agate from Souris, Man., that, when cut, revealed a mineral pattern of what looks like birds in flight. He then showcased the piece in a silver and gold setting embellished with gemstones.

He also enjoys helping people transform old jewelry into new forms.

“Jewelry contains a lot of sentimental meaning and value,” he explained.

He said that a 3D printer he purchased about four years ago is a valuable tool in helping him create and refine his designs.

“It can communicate very clearly the details that people want to see.”

Redd strives to be as eco-friendly in his work as possible. He uses a biodegradable resin in the printer and said the stones he buys are ethically-sourced and conflict-free. He uses high-grade metal, free of contaminants such as cadmium, which is sometimes present in jewelry made in other countries.

As with many other independent Manitoba businesses, Redd Line Jewellery has been seriously affected by the pandemic and government restrictions banning in-person shopping. Redd said he was able to adapt somewhat, offering his creative services to other businesses and his custom work was steady.

“I kept busy, but I put a halt on creating things.”

He and Lori are pleased to be able to welcome their customers in-person again. Redd said he’s thankful for those Winnipeggers who are making a conscious effort to buy from locally-owned businesses like his.

Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email her at ageary@mymts.net

Andrea Geary

Andrea Geary
St. Vital community correspondent

Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital and was once the community journalist for The Headliner.

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