Linda Kozloff-Turner began making jewelry on Pearl Street in 1975 and at only 19.5 years old, she helped run an established jewelry business in town. At the time, she was the only woman bench jeweler in Boulder. And while many jewelers have come and gone, one constant remains - Linda.
After working for three years, she decided to further her education receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Product and Jewelry Design from Metropolitan State University. From there, she received a Masters of Fine Arts in photography at CU Boulder, where she then taught fine art photography for four years at the university level. A lifelong learner, Linda is currently working on a graduate gemologist degree through the Gemological Institute of America.
In addition to a strong education, Linda has decades of jewelry experience. Never far from a jewelry bench, Linda has sold jewelry out of fine art galleries and bead stores (all while teaching, maintaining photography work and raising a family). Then, in 2008, Linda opened her own studio - Christine Marguerite Designs.
“Over the years, I have turned directions in a lot of ways,” said Linda. “Christine Marguerite Designs creates custom jewelry pieces, with everything done in-house. We manufacture all components locally using ethically sourced materials from metals to gemstones.”
Christine Marguerite Designs is a family-owned, well-established business with a focus on giving back to the community. “We always have a philanthropic piece to the business. It is so important to give back to the community that supports us.”
Never one to back down from a challenge or a busy workload, Linda began writing a book in 2016 in addition to running her business. “I sat up one day and thought to myself, ‘Am I the only woman going through this?’ So I decided to interview 100 global women jewelers and tell their stories. The experience has been incredible, and it has inspired me to curate the world’s largest women’s jewelry exhibition to date.” Her accolades are numerous and impressive - Major Boulder Arts Grant recipient, CPAC Grant recipient, Ernst Haas Grant recipient and Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associate, to name a few.
Throughout her whirlwind of a career, Linda has never left Boulder. “I came here right after high school graduation. Boulder has something that nowhere else has. It’s a magical place to be, and the spell has never broken on me.”
To show your support for Christine Marguerite Designs, visit Linda downtown and follow them on social media (@christinemarguerite). Linda has collaborated with artists from all over the world but has always remained in Boulder. Head downtown to meet her and view her collections.
Christine Marguerite Designs
Boulder has something that nowhere else has. It’s a magical place to be, and the spell has never broken on me.