Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Christine Heidel

"I believe it’s never too late to discover your passion and live your dream."
“Everything I have learned as been through observation and trial and error.”

“I love the act of creating something that didn’t exist in the world before my hands formed it.”

“I am inspired by nature. My jewelry features organic lines and raw gemstones. I allow my work to show the natural variation that comes from being handmade. ”

“I love the act of creating something that didn’t exist in the world before my hands formed it.”

Christine Heidel grew up in Tacoma, Washington. Having a wide range of interests and ideas of what she wanted to be growing up, she eventually decided on journalism. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington. Starting her career out in marketing, she eventually began working as a technology manager during the dot-com boom. After a 15 year career managing software development teams and launching internet-based software products, Christine felt the need to exercise her creativity in a different way.

She started making jewelry in 2013 which eventually led to the birth of Silver + Salt in November 2014. She left her corporate job in January 2015 and has been focused on her jewelry business ever since. With a simple and classic aesthetic, her jewelry pieces are ones that you can wear everyday. Each piece is hand-crafted using sterling silver, gold-fill, brass and semi-precious stones.

Walk us through your production/design process.

Most of my ideas come to me while I am outside running or hiking. This is the time when my thoughts all seem to come together in a way that allows me to zero in on a concept. At that point, I will rush home to my bench to try to create it.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome and how it affects/has affected your work.

I think the biggest challenge for me has been to overcome my fears of leaving the security of my corporate job and start making jewelry. There have been plenty of times when doubt has crept in and had me questioning whether or not I had the ability to be successful as a jewelry maker. Every day I have to summon my courage to keep creating.

How did you start your company?

I had known for years that I wanted to make my living as a maker. However, I have always had a wide variety of interests and have sort of bounced from creative outlet to creative outlet. I love handmade paper, knitting/sewing and photography but I’ve always loved jewelry. Finally, I decided I’d learn about jewelry design and metalsmithing. I bought some books, took a couple of classes and experienced a lot of failure! Along the way, I realized that I had discovered a passion. I loved the tactile nature of jewelry making. I adore being at my bench sawing, hammering and playing with fire.