A native of the Netherlands, Cornelis Hollander studied art and jewelry design at the Vrije Academie in Den Haag, Holland. As a young graduate, he apprenticed for two years in Hatton Gardens, London’s renowned jewelry district. Adventure then called young Cornelis to Johannesburg, South Africa, the diamond and gold capital of the world, where he opened his own studio and started designing jewelry. Living and traveling in Africa, the young designer’s imagination and creativity were blooming. After several years in South Africa, adventure called again—this time to America, where Cornelis and future wife, Christa, settled in Phoenix, Arizona.
Over the years, his natural talent was refined by education, travel and diversified cultural experiences. Today he is one of the premiere jewelry designers in the world. When asked how he comes up with new design ideas, he replies, “It’s like poetry. When a poet sees beautiful scenery, a poem naturally flows into his mind. Just by looking at a beautiful gemstone, I can envision the finished piece. That’s why I say creativity is akin to a waterfall—all of the elements fall together.
Old-world training and experience, combined with state-of-the-art innovations, make Cornelius Hollander a jewellery designer of distinction. His passion for beauty, his dedication to excellence and his unique vision promise a future filled with elegant, wearable art in motion.