For Valentine's Day | Rose Gold Engagement Rings January 23 2014, 0 Comments
Love is in the air!
Sweep her off her feet this Valentine's Day with this Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring!
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 Designer Catherine Angiel Featured on Refinery29 September 24 2013, 0 Comments
Thank you Alison Ives, editorial intern with Refinery29, for featuring Catherine's design in the story
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.
Engagement Ring Trends | What's Hot? PINK March 07 2013, 0 Comments
According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, "Edwardian, vintage-inspired ring sales have increased big time, thanks to shows like Downtown Abbey. The designs are delicate, incredibly feminine while still being sophisticated." We couldn't agree more! Pictured above are vintage-inspired engagement rings designed by Catherine Angiel in rose gold.