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Neiman Marcus Trunk Show NYC | Meet the Artist February 21 2014, 0 Comments

Catherine is coming to Texas, ya'll!

 

First stop, Houston!

 


Top Jewelry for Valentine's Day NYC January 31 2014, 0 Comments

Valentine's Day is only 2 weeks away!

Here are some gift ideas for your edgy Valentine:

 

 

This edgy black diamond pearl bracelet from Catherine's Couture Collection. It's edgy, feminine and very powerful!

 

 

This tattoo inspired 'LOVE' ring is a perfect representation of your love. Elegant and unique

 

This vintage inspired, rose gold diamond necklace, handmade with intricate refined detail. Delicate and romantic


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!

 


Neiman Marcus San Francisco Trunk Show | Catherine Angiel December 19 2013, 0 Comments

Join Catherine for her biggest trunk show yet at Neiman Marcus, San Francisco today and tomorrow from 10AM-5PM! 

 


Neiman Marcus San Francisco Trunk Show | Catherine Angiel December 18 2013, 0 Comments

Just in time for the holidays, join Catherine for her trunk show at Neiman Marcus, San Francisco tomorrow and Friday from 10AM5PM!!!

 


Champagne Diamond Earrings | Fabulous and Fun Designs December 14 2013, 0 Comments

These stunning Champagne Diamond Stud Earrings lend a serene sparkle to any ensemble. A perfect balance of chic and edgy. See them at Catherine's Trunk Show in Neiman Marcus in Beverly hills on December 17th and 18th from 10AM-5PM

 

 


Black Diamond Wedding Bands | Alternative Bridal Rings December 08 2013, 0 Comments

Beautifully handcrafted Black Diamond Band is elegant and chic! Today couples crave unique designs that express their personality. Check out more alternative bridal ideas on our website!

 


Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue Trunk Show October 18 2013, 0 Comments

Having a blast in Chicago! Stop by to say hi and check out the stunning new designs until 5PM today! — at Neiman Marcus Chicago Michigan Ave.

 


'Chasing the dragon with jewelry designer Catherine Angiel' July 12 2010, 0 Comments

Dragons, gothic crosses, skulls and the classic arrowed heart that reads “mom”, if you think this is a description of artwork on the wall of a NYC tattoo parlor you’re mistaken. I just walked into Catherine Angiel, a Greenwich Avenue jewelry store located in the West Village.

I’ve always felt tattoos forward implications of danger and mystery onto their owner. Yet, making a lifelong commitment to a particular design is dreadfully disconcerting. (That, and there’s always my mother’s voice in the back of my head warning how it will look when I’m eighty with sagging skin) I conquered my fear of tattoo commitment at Catherine Angiel. Twirling around in front of the store’s mirror with a white diamond dragon pendant shimmering around my neck, I felt like a rock star and I decided that I’d finally found a “tattoo” with which I could form an allegiance.

Now for most of us, a diamond encrusted pendant is not an impulse buy. However, until one can save for the real McCoy, Catherine Angiel also offers silver versions without diamonds that won’t break the bank. You have to be buzzed into the store, which can be a little intimidating, but once inside the music is thumping and the casual atmosphere makes you feel completely comfortable. The store also offers engagement rings and slightly more conservative jewelry designs if the rock and roll experience of her tattoo inspired collection is not for you.

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UNITED EDITORS-AT-LARGE; Thank You June 11 2010, 0 Comments

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Catherine Angiel: The Edge

Sean Kiely talks shop with jewelry designer Catherine Angiel

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.

Posted by United Editors-at-Large at 7:33 AM

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