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Sep 4, 2015

by Christine Hornicke

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! My name is Christine, and I’m the head and the hands behind Gudbling. I create sensual statement jewelry with a textile touch in Berlin, Germany.

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Life’s not always a straight road, and I must admit that I never thought to become a jewelry designer. I studied graphic design, then spent five years working as a travel agent in Hamburg. During that time I felt unfulfilled, and I dreamed of selling my own handmade goods. In 2010, I decided to turn my life around, and I relocated to Berlin to start over. As it turns out, one of my first friends here works as a fashion designer, and she invited me to share her studio space. I instantly fell in love with all of her colorful scraps of leftover cloth. That’s when I got the idea to make fabric jewelry.

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I’m an introvert, but my jewelry is not. This outlet gives me the opportunity to express my feelings. After all the years I spent working a corporate job and being told what to do, I wanted to create something meaningful by my own standards. As much as I’m inspired by traditional folk and tribal art, I’m also inspired by my own personal development. Growing up, you try to get to know yourself; for me, I found that knowing who I am also means embracing that I’m changing all the time. That’s what statement jewelry is about: it gives you the possibility to explore yourself, and you’re allowed to be bold or reserved, colorful or monochrome. You can reinvent yourself, and whatever you’re feeling, the jewelry can reflect that.

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I’m a completely self-taught jewelry designer – I don’t have any training, and I’ve never taken any classes. I learned how to crochet from my mother, and aside from that, I just have this urge to create something with whatever is lying around. When I work, I hardly ever make a sketch of what I want to create – after all, fabric is quite unpredictable! Instead, I spend a significant amount of time figuring out how to get the perfect combination of thread, jersey, chains and beads; I often use crochet techniques to create designs that will fit nicely around the neck or wrist, while still being comfortable and durable. It’s not just about the looks – the fit is also important.

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To me, Etsy means community. Moving to Berlin all alone wasn’t easy: I was a total newbie to both self-employment and the city. When I was looking for connection, guidance and inspiration, I was lucky to find the Etsy Berlin Street Team. There, I found many like-minded souls – some of whom have become dear friends. I honestly think I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My plans for the future are to continue broadening my artisanal skills and refine my work. I want to offer my customers a unique experience along with unique products.

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Main image by Detlef Honigstein; maker and studio photographs by Gudbling and Alex Bender.

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Pink Tassel Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Old Rose Fringe Earrings, Bohemian Bride Earrings, Hippie Statement Earrings, Clip On Chandeliers
Pink Tassel Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Old Rose Fringe Earrings, Bohemian Bride Earrings, Hippie Statement Earrings, Clip On Chandeliers
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$47.88 USD
Abstract Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Modern Jewelry, Horseshoe Earrings, Minimal Jewelry, Geometric Earrings, Boho Jewelry
Abstract Earrings, Arc Earrings, Brass Jewelry, Modern Jewelry, Horseshoe Earrings, Minimal Jewelry, Geometric Earrings, Boho Jewelry
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$47.88 USD
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
Freshwater Pearl Threader Earrings, Dainty Pearl Earring, Minimalistic Jewelry
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$29.46 USD
White Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Chandeliers, Hippie Earrings, Wedding Jewelry, Boho Bride, Wedding Earrings, Boho Wedding
White Tassel Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Chandeliers, Hippie Earrings, Wedding Jewelry, Boho Bride, Wedding Earrings, Boho Wedding
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$47.88 USD
Abstract Mother of Pearl Earrings, Minimal Brass Jewelry, Geometric Design
Abstract Mother of Pearl Earrings, Minimal Brass Jewelry, Geometric Design
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$23.32 USD
Minimalistic Drop Earrings, Modern Circle Earrings, Golden Brass Jewelry
Minimalistic Drop Earrings, Modern Circle Earrings, Golden Brass Jewelry
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$30.69 USD
White Tassel Necklace with Turquoise Beads, Amazonite Pendant, Boho Tassle Necklace
White Tassel Necklace with Turquoise Beads, Amazonite Pendant, Boho Tassle Necklace
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$67.52 USD
Amazonite Earrings, White Tassel Earrings, Bridal Jewelry, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Pompom Earrings, Tassle Jewelry
Amazonite Earrings, White Tassel Earrings, Bridal Jewelry, Shoulder Duster Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Pompom Earrings, Tassle Jewelry
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$30.69 USD
Brass Earrings with Yellow Turquoise Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Mustard Yellow Beads
Brass Earrings with Yellow Turquoise Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Mustard Yellow Beads
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$23.32 USD
Pink Opal Threader Earring, Long Chain Earrings with Old Rose Natural Stone
Pink Opal Threader Earring, Long Chain Earrings with Old Rose Natural Stone
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$27.01 USD
Peridot earrings, Platinum-plated Creole with green natural stone, Geometric stone earrings
Peridot earrings, Platinum-plated Creole with green natural stone, Geometric stone earrings
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$29.46 USD
Natural Stone Earrings with Green and Apricot Agate Beads, Long Gold Plated Brass Creole Earrings
Natural Stone Earrings with Green and Apricot Agate Beads, Long Gold Plated Brass Creole Earrings
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$30.69 USD
Minimal Horseshoe Earrings with Vintage Bone Bead, Arc Earrings, Abstract Brass Earrings with Reclaimed Bone Beads
Minimal Horseshoe Earrings with Vintage Bone Bead, Arc Earrings, Abstract Brass Earrings with Reclaimed Bone Beads
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$31.92 USD
Modern Rope Necklace with Amazonite and Brass Pendant, Natural Stone Jewelry
Modern Rope Necklace with Amazonite and Brass Pendant, Natural Stone Jewelry
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$72.43 USD
Short Seed Bead Necklace with Keshi Pearl, Natural Stone Choker, Boho Bridal Jewelry, White Surfer Necklace
Short Seed Bead Necklace with Keshi Pearl, Natural Stone Choker, Boho Bridal Jewelry, White Surfer Necklace
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$42.97 USD
Minimal Necklace, Abstract Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Minimalist Jewelry, Long Boho Necklace
Minimal Necklace, Abstract Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Minimalist Jewelry, Long Boho Necklace
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$29.46 USD
Black Tassel Earrings, Arch Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Tassle Earrings, Boho Jewelry, Fan Earrings, Black Statement Earrings, Clip On
Black Tassel Earrings, Arch Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Tassle Earrings, Boho Jewelry, Fan Earrings, Black Statement Earrings, Clip On
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$35.60 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Turquoise, Light Blue Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings, Gold Plated Hoops
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Turquoise, Light Blue Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings, Gold Plated Hoops
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$29.46 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Turquoise, Light Blue Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings, Silver Plated Hoops
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Turquoise, Light Blue Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings, Silver Plated Hoops
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$29.46 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Rhodochrosite, Pink Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Rhodochrosite, Pink Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$29.46 USD
Ear Cuff Set with Sweetwater Pearl, Minimalist Cuff Earrings
Ear Cuff Set with Sweetwater Pearl, Minimalist Cuff Earrings
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$23.32 USD
Hammered Brass Infinity Stud Earrings, Minimalist Jewelry, Valentines Gift
Hammered Brass Infinity Stud Earrings, Minimalist Jewelry, Valentines Gift
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$20.87 USD
Polymer Clay and Keshi Beads Earrings, Gold Plated Brass Creole Earrings
Polymer Clay and Keshi Beads Earrings, Gold Plated Brass Creole Earrings
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$35.60 USD
Gold plated natural stone bracelet, Minimalist chain bracelet with peridot or agate, Snake chain bracelet with green stone
Gold plated natural stone bracelet, Minimalist chain bracelet with peridot or agate, Snake chain bracelet with green stone
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$35.60 USD
OOAK Geometric Statement Earrings with Pink Opal, Hammered Brass Chandelier, One of a kind
OOAK Geometric Statement Earrings with Pink Opal, Hammered Brass Chandelier, One of a kind
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$47.88 USD
Dalmatian Jasper Earrings, Hammered Brass Chandelier Earrings with Speckled Natural Stones
Dalmatian Jasper Earrings, Hammered Brass Chandelier Earrings with Speckled Natural Stones
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$47.88 USD
Sterling Silver Ear Arches with Red Jasper, Minimalist Earrings, Natural Stone Stud Earrings
Sterling Silver Ear Arches with Red Jasper, Minimalist Earrings, Natural Stone Stud Earrings
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$25.78 USD
Long Sage Green  Shoulder Duster with Agate and Jasper Stones, Natural Stone Earrings with Mint Tassel
Long Sage Green Shoulder Duster with Agate and Jasper Stones, Natural Stone Earrings with Mint Tassel
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$35.60 USD
Extra Long Tassel Earrings with Teal Blue Tassel and Agate Beads, Shoulder Duster Earring
Extra Long Tassel Earrings with Teal Blue Tassel and Agate Beads, Shoulder Duster Earring
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$35.60 USD
Morganite Earrings with Hammered Brass, Blush Pink Natural Stone Hoop Earrings
Morganite Earrings with Hammered Brass, Blush Pink Natural Stone Hoop Earrings
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$35.60 USD
Keshi Pearl Ear Studs with Gold Plated Brass Bar Posts, Minimalist Pearl Earrings
Keshi Pearl Ear Studs with Gold Plated Brass Bar Posts, Minimalist Pearl Earrings
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$35.60 USD
Hammered Brass Earrings with speckled Agate, Natural Stone Jewelry
Hammered Brass Earrings with speckled Agate, Natural Stone Jewelry
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$35.60 USD
Jasper Necklace, Short Choker with Sesame Jasper, Agate and Brass Elements, Blueish Grey Natural Stone Jewelry
Jasper Necklace, Short Choker with Sesame Jasper, Agate and Brass Elements, Blueish Grey Natural Stone Jewelry
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$72.43 USD
One Of A Kind Agate Necklace with Hammered Brass Horseshoe Pendant, Gemstone Necklace on Hand Dyed Cord
One Of A Kind Agate Necklace with Hammered Brass Horseshoe Pendant, Gemstone Necklace on Hand Dyed Cord
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$60.15 USD
Minimalistic Brass Earrings with Metal Beads, Abstract Jewelry, Golden Earposts
Minimalistic Brass Earrings with Metal Beads, Abstract Jewelry, Golden Earposts
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$23.32 USD
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Statement Earrings
Burnt Orange Tassel Earrings, Clip On Earrings, Fringe Earrings, Boho Earrings, Tassle Earrings, Boho Fan Earrings, Statement Earrings
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$35.60 USD
Paperclip Earrings, Hammered Brass Ear Posts, Minimalist Earrings
Paperclip Earrings, Hammered Brass Ear Posts, Minimalist Earrings
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$23.32 USD
Sunstone Earrings, Minimal Brass Arc Earrings, Modern Abstract Jewelry, Arch Earrings
Sunstone Earrings, Minimal Brass Arc Earrings, Modern Abstract Jewelry, Arch Earrings
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$25.78 USD
Brass Earrings with Rhodochrosite Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Blush Beads
Brass Earrings with Rhodochrosite Beads, Minimalistic Arc Earrings with Gemstone Beads, Modern Jewelry with Blush Beads
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$25.78 USD
Faceted Morganit on Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Natural Stone Jewelry, Ibiza Friendship Bracelet, Minimalist Jewellery
Faceted Morganit on Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Natural Stone Jewelry, Ibiza Friendship Bracelet, Minimalist Jewellery
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$35.60 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Amazonite, Light Turquoise Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with Amazonite, Light Turquoise Gemstone Hoops, Minimalistic 18k Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.01 USD
Threader Earrings with Natural Stones or Sweetwater Pearl, Gemstone Jewelry, Birthstone Earrings
Threader Earrings with Natural Stones or Sweetwater Pearl, Gemstone Jewelry, Birthstone Earrings
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$27.01 USD
Faceted Aventurine on Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Natural Stone Jewelry, Blue Gemstone Friendship Bracelet, Minimalist Jewellery
Faceted Aventurine on Gold Plated Slider Bracelet, Natural Stone Jewelry, Blue Gemstone Friendship Bracelet, Minimalist Jewellery
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$35.60 USD
Natural Stone and Sweetwater Pearl Earrings with Platinum Plated Creoles, Beaded Gemstone Earrings with silver Hoops
Natural Stone and Sweetwater Pearl Earrings with Platinum Plated Creoles, Beaded Gemstone Earrings with silver Hoops
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$35.60 USD
Minimalist Seed Bead Earrings, Striped Rod Ear Posts, Dainty Earrings
Minimalist Seed Bead Earrings, Striped Rod Ear Posts, Dainty Earrings
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$20.87 USD
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
Statement Earrings with Aventurine, Jade and Keshi Pearl, Gold Plated Brass, Frontal Hoop Earring
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$41.74 USD
Purple Jade Stone Necklace, Natural Stone Jewelry, Gold Plated Snake Chain
Purple Jade Stone Necklace, Natural Stone Jewelry, Gold Plated Snake Chain
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$55.24 USD
Silver Plated Rock Crystal Creoles, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Quartz, Crystal Natural Stone Jewelry
Silver Plated Rock Crystal Creoles, Gold Plated Hoop Earrings with Quartz, Crystal Natural Stone Jewelry
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$31.92 USD
One of a kind Brass Necklace with Agate Pendant, Abstract Hammered Brass Necklace, Minimalistic Jewelry
One of a kind Brass Necklace with Agate Pendant, Abstract Hammered Brass Necklace, Minimalistic Jewelry
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$35.60 USD
Huggie Creole Earrings with large Keshi Coin Pearl, Sweetwater Pearl Jewelry
Huggie Creole Earrings with large Keshi Coin Pearl, Sweetwater Pearl Jewelry
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$42.97 USD
Pink Opal Bracelet, Gold Plated Boho Brass Bracelet, Minimal Friendship Jewelry,
Pink Opal Bracelet, Gold Plated Boho Brass Bracelet, Minimal Friendship Jewelry,
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$35.60 USD
Large Cobalt Blue Boho Chandelier Earrings, Bright Blue Tassel Earrings with Rose Quartz Bead
Large Cobalt Blue Boho Chandelier Earrings, Bright Blue Tassel Earrings with Rose Quartz Bead
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$47.88 USD
Geometric Brass Earrings with Fresh Water Pearls, Abstract Jewelry
Geometric Brass Earrings with Fresh Water Pearls, Abstract Jewelry
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$47.88 USD
Long geometric Earrings made of Hammered Brass, Minimalist Gold Jewelry, Modern abstract Jewelry, Rectangle Shape
Long geometric Earrings made of Hammered Brass, Minimalist Gold Jewelry, Modern abstract Jewelry, Rectangle Shape
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$30.69 USD
Red Jasper Threader Earrings, Dainty Natural Stone Dangle Earrings, Chain Earrings
Red Jasper Threader Earrings, Dainty Natural Stone Dangle Earrings, Chain Earrings
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$27.01 USD
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings
Dainty Creole Hoop Earrings with White Turquoise, Black and White Natural Stone Hoops, Minimalistic Silver Plated Brass Earrings
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$27.01 USD
Delicate brass necklace with shell and freshwater pearl, One of a kind
Delicate brass necklace with shell and freshwater pearl, One of a kind
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$35.60 USD
Golden Agate Nugget Necklace, Black Shell Necklace with Hammered Brass Plate and Natural Stone
Golden Agate Nugget Necklace, Black Shell Necklace with Hammered Brass Plate and Natural Stone
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$84.70 USD
Grey Rope Bracelet, Knotted Cord Bracelet, Nautical Jewelry
Grey Rope Bracelet, Knotted Cord Bracelet, Nautical Jewelry
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$23.32 USD
Big Boho Tassel Earrings in Dark Red, Bordeaux Red Hippie Chandeliers, Bold Fabric Jewelry
Big Boho Tassel Earrings in Dark Red, Bordeaux Red Hippie Chandeliers, Bold Fabric Jewelry
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$47.88 USD

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