J e w e l r y
The jewelry I create is inspired by my travels and the raw beauty of the natural world.
My jewelry is a prism through which I see the world, representing my passions for life, balance, and happiness.
D e s i g n e r
Christiana is a jewelry designer, neuroscience graduate, award-winning philanthropist, model, vegan, surfer, and traveler. Her jewelry allows her to channel her passions into a piece of wearable art, using only the highest quality materials that are also sustainable and good for the earth.
P a c k a g i n g
These beautiful boxes are eco-friendly, organic, and natural. The boxboard is made of 100% recycled paperboard, and then covered with our exclusive and beautiful natural paper, made from plant fiber harvested from the invasive plant species Water Hyacinth. The water hyacinth is an invasive plant species that has caused devastating effects on various tropical habitats. This aquatic plant species forms dense colonies that block sunlight and crowd out native species. It grows at explosive rates - leading to clogged waterways, altered water temperature and chemistry, and the exclusion of native plants and wildlife. In order to control its presence in various habitats, it must be harvested and disposed of. Distant Village decided to take a new approach at this ecological dilemma by turning this dangerous species into something beautiful and functional. Each paper is unique and has fibers occurring naturally and in different ways throughout the paper. The papers and our company, Distant Village, are fair trade. Distant Village is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
These beautiful natural open weave sinamay mesh totes are gusset bags with braided handles, and are made from 100% natural plant fiber. They are reusable, and lightweight yet durable. They are eco-friendly products, and are made by artisans in remote villages around the world - creating jobs and fair wages for hard working communities. Sinamay is woven from the processed stalks of the abaca tree, a banana palm that is native to the Philippines. The natural stringy fibers of the banana plant are woven to make an all natural fiber fabric that can be made into 100% sustainable pouches and totes to package your new jewelry treasure.
P h i l a n t h r o p y
Each time you purchase a Christiana Layman design, you are directly contributing to the safety and protection of our earth's most threatened rainforests. Christiana donates 5% of all her profits to the Rainforest Trust as a way of giving back to the beautiful world that inspires her. The money donated to the Rainforest Trust goes directly towards purchasing land for nature reserves or to create national parks in the most threatened tropical habitats with endangered species. They collaborate with a network of experienced local conservation partners to implement real and lasting action by permanently protecting rainforests most at risk