History of Engagement Rings | NYC Jewelry Artist January 05 2014, 0 Comments
It's proposal season!
Did you know when engagement rings first originated? Neither did we until we stumbled upon an article from 25karats.com!
The first engagement ring dates back all the way to our prehistoric ancestors, the cavemen! Archaeologists believe that men would place braided cords around the woman's wrist, waist and feet. This tradition then ended when the ancient Egyptians began using rings in their marriage ceremonies.
The first true example of an actual wedding band, or engagement ring started in Egypt about 2800 BC. Archaeologists uncovered several mummies from that era that were buried with silver or gold rings on their left hands. Ancient Egyptians believed that the left ring finger was connected to the heart, which is a tradition that we still use today!
The first diamond engagement ring Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave to his love when he proposed to her in 1477. It was a unique ring that featured several pieces of flattened diamonds that spelled the letter "M" for her name, Mary.
The tradition of giving rings didn't become popular until the 1700's with "posey rings" in Europe. "Posey rings" were bands that were inscribed with lines of poetry and given to sweethearts as a token of their love and affection.
In the 21st century, engagement have evolved. Be it a traditional white solitaire diamond setting to a more edgy black or grey diamond setting a ring is and always will be extraordinary way to say, "I love you".
Jewelry Artist Catherine Angiel featured on Lust for Life December 28 2013, 0 Comments
Catherine was featured on Lust for Life to talk about edgy, non-traditional engagement rings! Thank you Lust for Life!
Rose Gold Diamond V Ring | Edgy Chic Designs December 26 2013, 0 Comments
Did you find a little Catherine Angiel under your tree? This Rose Gold Diamond Knuckle ring is perfect for any occasion!
Initial Pendants NYC | Custom Jewelry Designs December 23 2013, 0 Comments
Make Catherine's signature Initial Pendant your own for an edgy, unique style statement. Celebrity clients are wearing them this season! Stylish attitude!
Diamond Love Ring | Alternative Bridal Wedding Bands December 23 2013, 0 Comments
For an unmistakable representation of your love, give this divine, tattoo inspired "LOVE" diamond ring. Chic and rich.
Diamond Dragon Pendant NYC | Edy and Chic December 22 2013, 0 Comments
Only 3 days left until Christmas!
This beautifully handcrafted White Gold and Diamond Dragon Pendant is a powerful symbol of nobility and abundance. The perfect gift for him or her!
Delicate Diamond Earrings | What are NYC Women Wearing December 20 2013, 0 Comments
The simplicity of the design of these awe-inspiring White Gold Diamond Drop Earrings make them a must-have this holiday!
Flower Diamond Earrings | Designer Jewelry December 18 2013, 0 Comments
Only 7 days left until Christmas!
Give her these Edgy Diamond Flower Stud Earrings this holiday. They're a fabulous everyday earring! Feminine with a twist!
Black Diamond Necklace | Unique Designs | Briolette Diamonds December 15 2013, 0 Comments
Inspired by the Roaring 20's, this fun, glam and decadent antique cut, Black Briolette Diamond Necklace goes well with any outfit this season!
Black Diamond Heart Necklace | Jewelry with an Attitude December 10 2013, 0 Comments
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Catherine's signature Black Diamond Heart is feminine with just enough attitude! A statement piece worn both day and night. For the unique woman who knows who she is and what she wants!
Rose Gold Diamond Rings | Unique Engagement Ring Ideas December 07 2013, 0 Comments
Madison Ave. meets Soho!
A Diamond for all seasons!
This bold, elegant, edgy ring blends a magnificent Chameleon Diamond with warm and sophisticated Rose Gold.
Rose Gold Unique Rings | Alternative Wedding Band Ideas December 03 2013, 0 Comments
Wedding bands are becoming much more expressive, and exciting. This crown band is perfect for those brides to be who crave something unique, yet timeless. Alternative wedding rings are here to stay!
Designer Diamond Earrings | Jewelry Chic December 01 2013, 0 Comments
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? We have gorgeous staff favorites to help you find that perfect gift to put under the tree!
These White Gold and diamond Edgy-Couture Earrings would be a perfect statement piece to give that special someone this season!
Designer Diamond Rings | Jewelry Gift Ideas from the Big Apple! November 29 2013, 0 Comments
Today's Happy Holiday Gift Idea!
Unwrap this 1960's inspired Edgy-Chic Diamond Ring this season! This full finger ring is fun, glamorous and delicate! Perfect for jeans or that little black dress!
NYC Jewelry Artist Catherine Angiel featured in MadeClose August 30 2013, 0 Comments
MadeClose recently sat down with Catherine Angiel, the most badass punk rock jewelry designer in New York (and probably the country), to learn about what it takes to make it in this town.
Rose Gold Necklaces by Catherine Angiel Featured in June 2013 Cosmopolitan May 17 2013, 0 Comments
Check out the latest issue of Cosmo to see a three-page fashion editorial featuring Catherine Angiel Rose Gold Necklaces. A simple yet gorgeous addition to your summer wardrobe!
Cosmopolitan Magazine June 2013
Rose Gold and Diamond Flower Necklace by Catherine Angiel
Solid Rose Gold Heart Necklace by Catherine Angiel, $700
Rose Gold and Diamond Flower Necklace by Catherine Angiel
Complement your summer tan with other Catherine Angiel Rose Gold pieces Like This One!
Miranda Lambert wearing Catherine Angiel on The Late Show with David Letterman May 09 2013, 0 Comments
Country singer, Miranda Lambert performed on The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night after the release of new album, "Revolution."
Lambert donned two edgy Catherine Angiel pieces including a Black Diamond Armor Ring and a Black Spinal Bracelet with signature closure.
Eternity Bands | Timeless Wedding Rings March 13 2013, 0 Comments
Glamour Magazine says, "An important trend in 2013 is individual expression and this doesn’t necessarily mean big or flashy. Many women favor a diamond eternity band as an engagement ring, which provides a 'subtle stunning' look and symbolizes the eternal nature of marriage." Catherine Angiel's designs are uniquely individual, from a delicate sparkle to a glamorous statement.
Wedding Bands for a Cause June 19 2011, 0 Comments
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If you haven’t heard the big news, Catherine Angiel Studios is doing something very special this June. A portion of our earnings on all wedding bands this month will be going to aid the New York City Humane Society. For more information on this organization and other ways to help our furry friends, visit http://humanesociety.org.
All of our wedding bands have something uniquely special about them, but the Bliss Ring shown above particularly is a staff favorite. The rotation of round diamonds and marquise diamonds add interest to the elegance that this band offers. We recommend this piece for the person who wants something a little different, a little interesting, but has a lot of class. We also carry a similar and slightly smaller version called Baby Bliss.
You can check out the rest of the bands and more Catherine Angiel pieces at http://catherineangiel.com.
Heidi Klum shows off her egdy side in Catherine Angiel Black Diamonds February 07 2011, 0 Comments
[caption id="attachment_871" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Heidi Klum in Catherine Angiel"][/caption]Heidi Klum looks rocker-chic in this month's Lucky mag inside cover, she is wearing a collection of Black diamond rings from my Glam collection, check it out- http://catherineangiel.com/collections/black-diamond-jewelry?id=13
'Twas the Night Before Christmas... December 18 2010, 0 Comments
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a wrapped gift was present, note even a blouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
But nothing was in them, they were completely bare.
The husbands were fretting, concerned in their beds,
While visions of angry wives danced in their heads.
And sister in her jammies, and I in my Yankees cap
Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap.
When out in West Village there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter!
Away to Greenwich Ave I flew like a flash,
Rang the doorbell at number 43 and threw up my sash.
When what to my hopeful eyes should appear,
But a vast selection of sparkly gifts; there’s nothing to fear!
Black diamonds, white diamonds, and fine metals galore
Santa himself must’ve created this store!
I phoned my father and gave him the news,
I found the perfect assortment to present to his muse.
With a wink and a smile I saw from the back,
Catherine Angiel was there to pick up the slack.
I chose a black diamond ring and was out in a hurry
To get it in under the tree before Mom awoke in a furry.
My dad was relieved and will sleep well tonight,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
A Decade of Black Diamonds Becomes Today's Fashion September 20 2010, 0 Comments
Ms. Catherine Angiel introduced Black Diamonds into her designs over a decade ago, truly impacting the fine-jewelry industry. Creating a staple in today's fashion jewelry, it's incredible to watch a once created trend blossom into a world renowned fashion statement. Catherine takes great pride in her designs and as a part of the Catherine Angiel team we are proud to witness the trickle down effect of Black Diamonds onto the Red Carpet at the VMAS!
Please take the time to view the article below from The National Jeweler discussing the images of Black Fashion emerging into the Celebrity Fashion scene!
Article Written By Catherine Dayrit
Los Angeles—In typical MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) style, the fashions at last night's awards show leaned towards the over-the-top (meat dress, anyone?) but in jewelry, a handful of styles, including oversized earrings, blackened metals and stacked bangles, managed to stand out against an abundance of glitzy shift dresses and flamboyant frocks.
After a strong showing at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, blackened metals and black diamonds continued to dazzle on the VMAs red carpet, where the on-trend designs were worn by the likes of "California Gurls" crooner Katy Perry, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and the evening's host, comedian Chelsea Handler.
Handler, who did a number of quick-changes during the show, took to the stage at one point in a black diamond and platinum cuff bracelet plus black and colorless earrings set in platinum, and a black, yellow and colorless diamond cocktail ring, all from designer Neil Lane. Perry, meanwhile, paired a barely there appliqué dress with a "Pave 3D Heart Ring" in blackened sterling silver from M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, while Vergara glittered in over 500 carats of Lorraine Schwartz jewels, including a blackened platinum cuff and platinum earrings, both with colorless and black diamonds, among other designs.
A fresh, edgy take on the usual white-on-white look of colorless diamonds set in white gold or platinum, other VMA attendees to take part in the trend included Twilight actress Ashley Greene and Lo Bosworth of MTV's recently ended reality series The Hills. Greene sported Lorraine Schwartz platinum earrings with black diamonds, plus a platinum bracelet with black diamonds and black sapphires. Bosworth, meanwhile, selected oxidized gold earrings from Bavna accented with colorless diamonds, paired with a Bavna rose-cut diamond circle ring.
Earrings and bracelet pairings, as worn by Greene, and earrings and cocktail ring pairings, as worn by Bosworth, were among the evening's most popular jewelry duets.
Pop star Perry, who sported the blackened sterling M.C.L. ring, also accessorized with rose-cut diamond earrings from Sutra, while in another of her on-stage looks, Handler wore Neil Lane diamond earrings plus a stack of diamond, gold and coral bracelets and bangles. Vergara piled on the jewelry, too, wearing not only the blackened platinum cuff bracelet and the earrings mentioned above, but also another platinum cuff, two platinum and diamond bracelets and a platinum and diamond dome ring to top it all off.
Bringing a flash of color, meanwhile, was Selena Gomez, who wore "Blue Mordore" crystal earrings and a cocktail ring from Baccarat's "Insomnight" collection.
Gomez's earrings for the evening leaned towards the demure in terms of their short drop style, as did the diamond Le Vian earrings worn Taylor Swift. The Hills star Stephanie Pratt also selected a more understated earring style, specifically diamond stud earrings from Le Vian, plus bangles and stackable rings from the brand. Many of the earrings spotted on the red carpet, however, were notable for their oversized style, such as the Amrapali rose-cut diamond drop earrings worn by actress Rosario Dawson. Other oversized earring styles to get major play were shoulder-grazing chandelier looks and hoop earrings, the latter worn by the likes of the Jersey Shore ladies, Easy A actress Emma Stone and Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos.
Aside from all of the earrings, bracelets and rings in the spotlight, necklaces received a fair share of time on stage. During her performance with Eminem, R&B star Rihanna sported a long diamond chain and cross necklace from Neil Lane. Towards the end of the evening, a necklace worn by Lady Gaga, who swept the VMAs by winning eight awards, might have gotten much attention, too, but that's if viewers were able to get past Gaga's dress, chapeau and purse. As she scooped up her "Video of the Year" award in her third outfit of the evening, the pop star shocked in a get-up made of raw meat, which she accessorized with a blinged-out necklace, bracelets and a cocktail ring.
Please enjoy some of Catherine's amazing Black Diamond creations:
Rock n' Roll Queen of the 80's! September 19 2010, 0 Comments
Before celebrities were donning Catherine Angiel's designs, she was banging out rock n' roll beats on the drums with her band called 'Mystery Girls'
A Rock Goddess by nature and jewelry designer by destiny!
Enjoy some old photographs of Catherine back in the 80's just rockin' and rollin'!
Our First Fashion's Night Out! Oh What a Night! September 13 2010, 0 Comments
Fashion's Night Out 2010!!!
Katie Holmes, Marie Claire & Catherine Angiel! September 11 2010, 0 Comments
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You're Invited . . . August 24 2010, 0 Comments
Celebrate Fashion's Night Out in Greenwich Village with Catherine Angiel! August 19 2010, 0 Comments
Catherine Angiel's Black Diamond 'Glam' Ring Featured in JCK Online! July 30 2010, 0 Comments
A TWIST ON TRADITION (clockwise from above) 18k gold mounting with colorless and black diamonds, $4,290, Simon G., Glendale, Calif., 818-500-8595, simongjewelry.com; 3.30 cts. t.w. black diamond in 14k gold with colorless accents, $8,500, Catherine Angiel, NYC, 800-726-8515, catherineangiel.com; pavé Twist ring with .72 ct. t.w. diamonds in platinum, $9,750, Lazare Kaplan, NYC, 800-554-3325, lazarediamonds.com; Wildflower mounting with diamonds in 18k gold, $2,235, Maevona, NYC, 212-557-7300, maevona.com; 3.44 cts. tw. rough black diamond with 1 ct. tw. colorless melee in 18k gold, $6,995, Diamonds for a Cure, NYC, 516-466-1826, diamondsforacure.com; 2.19 cts. t.w. green sapphire with diamonds in platinum, $8,500, McTeigue & McClelland, NYC, 800-956-2826, mc2jewels.com
When it comes to ring styles, today’s young-adult “millennial” shoppers demonstrate a surprising preference for the traditional. Although some retailers say they are seeing some experimentation with colored gemstones and alternative metals like titanium and even stainless steel, the default choice is still a center-mounted diamond, with up to 90 percent of buyers opting for white gold settings. Growing demand from same-sex couples has generated greater interest in nontraditional offerings such as the ornately carved bands by Lithuanian designer Alex Sepkus (p. 80), says Matthew Rosenheim, president of Washington, D.C.’s Tiny Jewel Box. However, a significant portion of same-sex bridal shoppers do gravitate toward classic selections, notes Rosenheim.
What’s different about contemporary rings are the embellishments: Although the stones are smaller, they’re accented more frequently with smaller diamonds on the sides or around the center—a distinction jewelers say is a uniquely Gen-Y spin. According to JIRI stats, a mere 28 percent of rings today are solitaires. The vast majority are what Gassman calls “something extra and different.”
“They want more detail in a smaller space,” says Brian Toone, president and CEO of the Jewelry Design Center in Spokane, Wash. “What we’re seeing has a solitaire or streamlined look, but when you look closer, there are more stones on the sides or detail work underneath to add that personal element.”
Jewelry Designer Catherine Angiel Interview with the Knot June 25 2010, 0 Comments
Q&A With Gothic Jewelry Designer, Catherine Angiel
When it comes to wedding jewelry, one radical designer taps into this exquisite contradiction embodied in her edgy, inspired pieces. Meet Catherine Angiel: drummer, gardener, and artist whose
avant- garde jewelry just might dictate the future of gothic wedding style.
Gothic.Weddings.com: Music and art have greatly influenced the gothic community. How have the two influenced you personally and artistically?
Catherine Angiel: I felt I was born to be a drummer. I was banging on pots and pans at four. By the time I was 15, my band was opening for Blondie and I was playing the club circuit.
To me, everything is a creation, and music, art, and jewelry design are all different outlets. My inspiration is romance -- I'm a hopeless romantic -- and its ups and downs. When you fall in love, it's like this burst. You can't wait to express it.
When I'm designing, I'm designing from the heart. I want my jewelry to appeal to everyone. I like designing for people like you and me, who want something sexy and sophisticated that suits their personal style. I want people to be able to wear my jewelry every day.
Check out Catherine Angiel's online jewelry gallery or visit her rock n' roll nightclub-themed shop, located at 43 Greenwich Ave., NYC.
Interview by Alex Hess
One of the MOST Popular Local Businesses on Google! June 19 2010, 0 Comments
BLACK DIAMONDS are the New White Diamonds June 13 2010, 0 Comments
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[caption id="attachment_275" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Black Diamond Flaming Heart Pendant, 1.00 Carat Total Weight. Heart Is Approximately 1.25" Available in 14kt,18kt, Platinum; White Sapphire Chain Sold Separately. Style 3736/Largeblack "][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_277" align="aligncenter" width="409" caption="Black Rose Cut Diamond, Red Carpet Earrings. 10.00 Carat Total Weight. Available in 14kt,18kt, Platinum. Style 3901/Earring "][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_278" align="aligncenter" width="409" caption="Black Rose Cut Diamond, Red Carpet Necklace. 4.75 Carat Total Weight. 16" Length. Available in 14kt,18kt, Platinum. Style 3901/Necklace "][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_279" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Modern Cocktail Ring. Cushion Black Rose Cut Diamond, White Round Diamonds. 3.30 Carat Total Weight. Available in 14kt, 18kt, Platinum. (Shown in White Gold). Style 3859 "][/caption]
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