They are both Montreal-based jewellers. One hit the big screen with Hunger Game rings, while the other is selling to top-brand stores within Canada and the United States. Using jewellery as a unique medium to share their passion, artists Claudio Pino and Anzie Stein have each created their own little universe.


By Véronique Dubé


Earth, water, air, or fire—which inspires you most when you create?

I believe that the four elements are all intertwined, just like the senses. For example, it’s quite difficult to taste something without smell! In jewelry design, the sense of touch is as important as the visual aspect of the pieces. I can hardly separate these elements, as they are all essential to my creative process.


When did you realize that jewelry would be part of your life?

My passion for art goes back to my childhood. I’ve always been fascinated by architecture and design, colours, and shapes. From an early age, I remember standing for hours watching, learning, and sharing my father’s passion for woodcarving, while he concentrated on each meticulous detail. A fascination with ancient history and the symbolic significance of jewels in different cultures also influenced my passion for jewelry.

The desire to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, while providing a contemporary touch, is at the heart of my art. Making fine art jewelry allows me to express emotions and concepts, and share them with others. From the concept to the design, crafting, stone cutting, and setting, I make all pieces by hand, with only fabrication techniques–no casting. Inspired by my father’s expertise, I fabricate all my jewelry, piece by piece, like little sculptures. When I told my father I wanted to study art, he was very supportive. That day marked the beginning of a grand adventure, one dedicated to the transformation of raw materials into precious objects.


Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, or platinum—which is your favourite and why?

Platinum! The one and only! This precious metal is pure, extremely rare, and eternal. It offers an everlasting radiance and durability. Moreover, its strength is incomparable, and it never fades or tarnishes. Its purity level also makes it naturally hypoallergenic. I would describe this extreme metal in one word: magic! That being said, I also need to mention my love for the beautiful warmth of yellow gold! I often juxtapose these two metals in a search for equilibrium.


If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?

A dinner with the visionary Leonardo da Vinci would be fantastic! I would love to hear him talk about his drawings of inventions, including designs for flying machines and sketches of flapping wing mechanisms. This leading figure of the Italian Renaissance is a real inspiration to me when I design my kinetic rings.


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think it would be called?

Claudio Pino: The History of a Real Passion.