Asscher Cut Engagement Ring | Classically Simple Designs January 10 2014, 0 Comments
Say yes to this Catherine Angiel Asscher Cut Engagement Ring. Delicate hand scroll engraving around the baguette diamonds give this delicate, classic design a vintage look!
Rose Gold Diamond Band | Delicate and Feminine January 08 2014, 0 Comments
Adding on layers to keep warm during the Polar Vortex? Why not layer your jewelry, too!
Our Bliss Band makes a stunning wedding band or a great stacking ring! The alternating delicate scallop pattern and hand engraved milgrain detail added to the edges, gives this band a gorgeous vintage look.
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!
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