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
BLACK DIAMONDS are the New White Diamonds June 13 2010, 0 Comments
[caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Black Rose Cut Diamond, Red Carpet ring. 11.25 Carat Total Weight. Available in 14kt,18kt, Platinum. Style 3820/Black "][/caption]
[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]
Please feel free to visit our website at www.CatherineAngiel.com & many thanks for your support!
The Black Diamond Angiel June 12 2010, 0 Comments
Catherine Angiel, who truly put Black Diamonds on the map, was featured in Life & Style this past week because of the inspiration from the 5ct Black Diamond Big gives Carrie at the end of SATC2.
Black Diamonds are being more and more recognized. When is the last time that you saw somebody wearing a black diamond ring? It's truly a unique stone and gives more character to today's already impeccable designs.
However, Ms. Anigel has been using Black Diamonds in her designs for years; I'm happy to see that the rest of the fashion world is finally catching up!
Black diamond gets play in 'Sex and the City 2' - National Jeweler
New York--Spoiler alert! Sex and the City fans will remember that at the end of the 2008 film, Carrie Bradshaw got engaged with a diamond-encrusted shoe rather than a diamond-encrusted ring. While it seemed a fitting engagement for the die-hard fashionista, fans who might have been gunning to see Carrie get a ring will finally get their wish.
Back for another round in Sex and the City 2, which opened at the No. 2 spot at the box office this weekend, Carrie and her trio of best friends, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, sport jewelry throughout, but the piece that's getting fans talking is a 5-carat diamond ring from designer Itay Malkin.
The hefty carat weight makes for a talking point of its own, but the real buzz factor is the diamond's hue. For fearless fashionista Carrie--who was ready to get married in the first film wearing a bright blue feather on her head--a crystal clear diamond ring just wouldn't do.
In the final scene, Carrie's longtime love, Big, presents her with a black diamond ring, explaining "because you are not like anyone else."
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UNITED EDITORS-AT-LARGE; Thank You June 11 2010, 0 Comments
Thursday, May 13, 2010
When thinking about high-end jewelry, what comes to mind? Tiffany, Cartier, Choppard and Bvglari are just a few names that many consider to be the classicists of fine jewelry. For decades, New Yorkers have strolled the windows of Fifth Avenue, dreaming of the day they can own a piece of this luxury. What is strange, however, is that most of the recognizable names in this luxurious jewelry industry belong to men. Then along came Catherine Angiel, who did not just take down the walls of fine jewelry design, she busted through them with a sledgehammer.
Angiel isn’t you typical jewelry designer. While she was at the forefront of female jewelry designers, she didn’t attend design school, her pieces don’t retail for outrageous prices and her work experience includes drum solos, as her previous career was a drummer in a Rock 'n' Roll band. As one thing led to another in inspiration began to take control and before she knew it her love of music turned into a profitable design business.
“I’m really inspired by what evokes emotions in me, which is love, romance, music – and that’s how I get my ideas. I can be listening to a song and all of the sudden it will inspire me to create something, hence the "Dangerous" Collection, which is really Rock 'n' Roll inspired.” While music has had the most obvious impact on her opulent creations, the people in Catherine’s life have inspired her as well. “Love is also a fantastic Muse. I’m really inspired by my partner Martha – just her style and the way she puts herself together will give me some ideas.”
Angiel has created five unique collections - Dangerous, Androgyny, Renegade, Delicate and Glam – each evoking Catherine’s fun yet sophisticated spirit. Using distinctive elements and unconventional materials, Angiel creates jewelry bursting with personality, yet remains subtle enough for the red carpet and the mom pushing the baby carriage down the street. “I love working with unusual stones. Whether its black diamonds, or gray diamonds, I’m really inspired by things that are unusual yet can be brought into a classic type of design.” While her pieces might be considered to be dark, they are the perfect combination of a hard attitude and a soft soul.
Angiel’s designs are made for a wide array for clientele, and many times she works with her clients to make sure what they wear is exactly what they want, customizing pieces to any specific need. “I design for a cross between Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie. To me, those are powerful women in their own right, one being more demure, the other being out there and more edgy, but I still get that feminine, delicate, yet sexy twist.”
Angiel, like her clients, is a strong woman with visions of success. Celebrities like Megan Fox, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen, Sandra Bullock, Rhianna, Parker Posie, Mary Louise Parker, Rosario Dawson, The Pussycat Dolls and Sarah Jessica Parker have all been seen rocking pieces from Angiel’s collections.
One of the most important lessons Angiel has learned over the years however, is that often times the vision of success means remaining true to one’s self. “I know I have to do what’s in my heart, and I have to design what I’m feeling. It has to be less about ‘What does the client want?’ because when I design what I think the client is going to want and I don’t feel it, it’s the ring that doesn’t sell.” It is with this attitude that Angiel is seeing plenty of sales and noticeable press.
Of the highlights of her career, Angiel mentions the independent film The Guitar, in which her jewelry was exclusively used as a definitive element in the story telling of the movie. “(The producer) felt that our pieces really matched what the actress was going though in the movie. It worked in unison... and was a great match for the movie. It was truly an honor.”
While it seems that Angiel is well on her way to conquering women’s jewelry, her next move is taking on the men’s side. “There was a void for jewelry for men. It was either something plain or something vile. Men would love jewelry, if it were cool. Jewelry is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be expressive.” And expressive it is–her lighting bolt cuff links and cross necklaces will add a touch of edge to any outfit, with no motorcycle required. With the men’s collection already in motion, Angiel hopes to one day push the envelopes even further. “I love designing homes and gardens. I’m an artist and my pallet choices are precious stones and unusual metals, but to me art is everywhere. Anything that follows creation I would love to push my brand into.” If her boutique on Greenwich Avenue is any indication of her interior design capabilities, she will create some awesome places to call home.
In every ring, necklace and bracelet Angiel produces, her femininity with a punk edge shines through, providing clients with an individual sense of “something different and fresh... without any constraints.” While she might not have the brand name status of other designers in her genre, her pieces hold a name for them selves, and could help you build a name too. Angiel’s something shiny might not come in a little blue box, but it will get you some big attention.
Bethenny Getting Married! June 10 2010, 0 Comments
As part of her 'Dangerous' Collection, the Flaming Heart Necklace is one of the most rare designs created by Catherine. Bethenny Frankel wore this piece on the cover and inside Engagement 101 Magazine. To take a look at the variation of this particular design in addition to Catherine's 'Dangerous' Collection please feel free to visit our website at www.CatherineAngiel.com
Her new show 'Bethennny Getting Married' premiering tonight on the Bravo network at 10/9c is sure to be very funny & entertaining!
Jewerly Artist Catherine Angiel in 'Fine Jewelry News' June 06 2010, 0 Comments
Happy Clients Express on NYMagazine.com May 27 2010, 0 Comments
Fab Find in NYC!
By MichChiara7 on 5/20/2010
- Overall Rating: 10
- Service: 10
- Selection: 10
- Yes, I would go back!
I have always been a frequent New York City traveler. My most recent trip was for quite a special occasion, my boyfriend & I came to look at designer engagement rings. A local suggested I stop into Catherine Angielâ€™s Gallery on Greenwich Avenue. I had no idea that I was about to find the most perfect ring that I would wear for the rest of my life! From the ambiance of the shop to the amazing service I received I donâ€™t think I will ever go anywhere else for jewelry; I loved everything. The tattoo jewelry and graffiti jewelry was something Iâ€™d never seen before. After viewing all of the beautiful masterpieces in this shop I ended up setting an appointment for the next day with Catherine herself to discuss a custom jewelry design, which I wanted her to create with black diamonds. I love black diamonds! Needless to say I ended up going back home to San Diego with a Catherine Angiel original and my boyfriend proposed just yesterday with the ring I helped create! The edgy jewelry and rock and roll inspired designs are just my style and are created in such a beautiful and delicate way that anybody can wear them. From now on when I visit New York, Catherine Angiel will be my first stop!
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