Abacus Row was founded in 2012 by Christine Trac. Christine’s work and appreciation for jewelry are shaped by a multicultural upbringing and an interdisciplinary background. She grew up in Olympia, Washington, where her parents and many other Vietnamese refugees settled in the early 1980s. From an early age, Christine learned to find balance in differences, to identify where things intersect, and how to create with limited resources. Christine views jewelry as objects of culture and identity and approaches her work with Abacus Row with an interdisciplinary interest. Christine attended the University of Washington and Yale University where she studied the implications of environmental conservation on local communities in SW China. While a departure from her current work, Christine’s background in ethnography and conservation science influences how she sees the details in everyday routine and practices. She is inspired by both the natural ways in which things come together and the innovative approaches used to produce unexpected connections
Abacus Row is an independent brand of refined and understated handmade jewelry. Their line reflects a subtle approach to details; designed for the thoughtful consumer with a discerning eye and an effortless sense of style.
Christine designs with the intention of creating accessories that complement - to offer jewelry that subtly and seamlessly elevates, as opposed to distracting from, one’s thoughtfully-acquired garments. Abacus Row strives for sustainability in jewelry design by creating pieces of lasting quality and timeless appeal. They do this with minimal and high-quality material use, simple composition, and an absence of obvious ornamentation.