Our mission is to empower women with genuine expressions of acceptance, love and badassery in the form of jewelry with sustainability woven throughout.
- SELF EXPRESSION: Be you in an adventurous, curious, empowered and mindful way
- ACCEPTANCE: Take a stance on beliefs and openness
- CREATING: Creating and evolving, master of your trade
- INTEGRITY: Accepting and treating people and things with kindness, respect and love.
- PEOPLE: Helping others – building American small business/local economy
- SUSTAINABILITY: Woven throughout supply chain and business practices
Christine Street, Chocolate and Steel’s Founder and Designer, was shaped by her childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Raised amongst orange trees, in the shade of avocado trees and baked in the hot summer sun. Originally destined for a career in fashion, life took a swerve after the birth of her first child. Seeking a way to express her creativity full-time, Christine launched her jewelry line officially in 2003.
As her creativity has evolved so have the designs and collections, while maintaining her signature style. The laid back, sun baked vibes of Los Angeles seep into every design. A gratitude for all that have helped along the way are the inspiration for the line. Christine’s work remains fused with her love of the outdoors and positive spirit. More of Christine’s personal story here.
Inspired by self-expression and adventure, Chocolate and Steel is a handcrafted jewelry line born amongst the creative bustle of Los Angeles. Dedicated to encouraging curiosity, mindfulness, and acceptance, her designs are empowering and heartfelt. The collections formed from precious metals and stones are handcrafted in her solar-powered studio with sustainability woven into their supply chain and business practices. Every time you purchase Chocolate and Steel you are upholding the values of supporting small business, fair labor practices, quality craftsmanship from quality material, sustainability, and eco-conscious practices.
Chocolate and Steel has grown into a team of really lovely people!
In the design studio we have (left to right):
Christa – Head of Production and Visual Assistant
Another jane-of all trades, she handles packaging, shipping, wire wrapping and making sure our products are 100% fabulous before they come to you. But she also does graphic design work too! And she models her ears for us – she has really great ears!
Jill – Studio Assistant
Sometimes there is more to get done than the rest of us can handle. Jill comes in and catches us up. She wire wraps, assembles, polishes, solders, packages, keeps the studio organized and running smooth…. And anything else we need help with. She has a multitude of talents that we are constantly tapping into. Like that table she just made for us. What!?!
Christine – Creative Director, Designer, and Maker
Christine leads the creative vision as Creative Director, while still designing and making all collections that empower women and speak to the soul of our customers. In addition, she is the head our wholesale sales division.
Lisa – Boss Lady of the Biz
Lisa pretty much runs the numbers side of the business – bookkeeping, data entry, and inventory management. When she isn’t plugging away on the computer she is also helping us make jewelry. And she is also a great model for necklaces. You may recognize her from our tiny mantra shoot.
Jen – Head of Brand Identity
There is so much to running a business and Jennifer handles it all. Marketing, photography, ecommerce and design assistance. With impeccable style she brings all of these elements together to represent Chocolate and Steel in a beautiful way.
In the casting studio we have:
Jerry – Co-Head Honcho
He is the metals pro. Anything I ask, he knows the answer to. He creates our molds and advises us on the best alloys to use.
Maria – Co-Head Honcha
Details, details, details…. Maria pays attention to all of the details. She makes sure our casting comes out looking beautiful.
Gayan – Wax Shooter
One very important step in the casting process is shooting the wax. Once we have a perfect mold we shoot wax into it to make a wax replica of the piece. Gayan is a pro at this. All day long she shoots wax and takes great pride in her work. Those wax replicas are used in the vessel that we eventually pour molten silver into to get our final piece.