I was born in Douala Cameroon in 1970. At the age of 4 I joined a Danse Academy and became a member of the National Dance Group of Cameroon for 12 years. I arrived in France at the age of 17 where I decided to study Fashion Design. After my Art and Fashion studies in Paris, I worked with various fashion workshops for ten years, acquiring experienced in all fashion techniques. 2003: I started my own business.
While in Indonesia, I had discovered an environnement which reminded me of my childhood and of my country. I was particularly inspired by the shells the sea had transformed and polished over the years. Every single one has a specific shape, is unique. I liked the idea of giving new life to this material in my “Ocean” Collection of unique rings and jewels sculpted from shells. I not only wanted to express the beauty of Nature and the influence of my origins, but also a very contemporary style.
I started working with a family of Bugis fishermen who still produce part of my collection today. September 2003: I presented the collection for the first time at the “Maison & Objets” exhibition in Paris and received the “Decouvertes” award from a jury of buyers and experts.“CG Christian Graciel” is now a complete collection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, jewel buttons, belts and precious bags which are truly unique piecess made of shell, mother of pearl, but also of teak burl and ebony.