Christopher Slowinski founded Christopher Designs in 1981. Born in Poland, Slowinski apprenticed under master jewelry craftsmen in his native country and in the United States. Today, he combines his classic jewelry training with modern technology to create exclusive designs that include his patented Crisscut® stones. The original Crisscut® was launched with great fanfare: the arrangement of the 77 (versus the generic 48) “crisscrossed” facets redefined just how brilliant a diamond could be. This facet arrangement was initially used for emerald shapes and later for the Crisscut® Cushion.