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".
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!
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!
Black and White Diamond Ring | The Modern Cocktail Ring December 12 2013, 0 Comments
This exquisite Black and White Diamond ring has the perfect modern twist. The stunning Rose Cut Black Diamond, surrounded by White Diamonds, gives this ring a modern and timeless look. Antique meets modern!
Designer Rose Gold Ring | Full Finger Designs are Bold and Hot December 02 2013, 0 Comments
Staff Holiday Pick!
Bedazzle that someone special with this rose gold and diamond full finger ring for the holidays!
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!
Black Diamond Ring featured in Engagement 101 July 11 2013, 0 Comments
As seen in yourengagment101.com
Unique black and white diamond ring. Exquisite black rose cut diamond, surrounded by white diamonds, sits gorgeously in this modern engagement ring for a classy and timeless look.
Style # 3859/GMR: White gold with black diamond 1.7 carat, .36 CT white diamonds
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!
Ginnifer Goodwin wearing Catherine Angiel at Met Gala 2013 May 08 2013, 0 Comments
Ginnifer Goodwin, star of television series Once Upon a Time, rocked three signature Catherine Angiel designs at the 2013 MET Gala
Signature styles included a Rose Cut Grey Diamond Ring, a Black Briolette Cluster Ring, and a Pave White Diamond Eternity Band
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.
Katie Holmes, Marie Claire & Catherine Angiel! September 11 2010, 0 Comments
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You're Invited . . . August 24 2010, 0 Comments
Catherine Angiel Exclusively Featured at the Jill Lynn Gallery in Southampton all Summer Season! July 20 2010, 0 Comments
View and purchase Catherine Angiel's exclusive designs at the Jill Lynn Gallery throughout this summer season!
Located at : 66 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY, 11968
Catherine Angiel’s work is fresh and original. She is mindful of others and is an active supporter; she maintains her long list of elite followings while being the most down to earth designer you will ever meet. Her philosophy is to change the everyday mundane with a bit of Rock ‘n Roll, bringing a uniquely cultivated look of edgy elegance.
“I’m an artist and my pallet choices are precious stones and unusual metals” - Catherine Angiel
Take a break from the heat and step into the Jill Lynn Gallery for a fabulous design created by a talented artist that you will not find anywhere else!
**Meet the Artist Event at the Jill Lynn Gallery in Southampton July 17th from 6 - 9pm** July 17 2010, 0 Comments
Meet Jewelry Designer & Artist Catherine Angiel at the Jill Lynn Gallery tonight for a trunk show and meet and greet!
Jill Lynn & Co. Fine Jewelry by Design, 66 Jobs Lane, Southampton, welcomes award-winning jewelry designer, and former owner of Gallery Eclectic, Catherine Angiel back to Southampton. Meet Catherine at a reception and trunk show on Saturday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
'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.
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
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.
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever." ~Author Unknown June 11 2010, 0 Comments
www.CatherineAngiel.com - Proceed to 'Delicate' Collection and 'Dangerous' Collection.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
**Thank you for supporting Catherine Angiel!**
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!
SJP in Catherine Angiel Jewelry May 27 2010, 0 Comments
On your way to the movie theater to watch Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City 2 (premiering in theaters today May 27th!) you can pass by Catherine Angiel's Gallery Eclectic in the West Village to see her 'Edgy Champagne Diamond Bracelet' specially designed for SJP!
"GIA Gives Law Enforcement Crash Course in Gemology" May 27 2010, 0 Comments
[caption id="attachment_98" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Patrick Peys, of the Belgium Federal Police, speaks about a Belgium jewelry heist he investigated at the GIA campus. . . investigators from around the world gathered for lessons that will help them pursue jewel thieves. "][/caption]
Carlsbad, Calif.-At the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gemological Institute of America campus in Carlsbad, Calif., hosted a group of special agents and detectives hailing from law enforcement agencies worldwide and provided a two-week crash course in gemology, including lessons in the Four Cs and how to read a gemological grading report.
The information is priceless for investigators tracking jewelry crimes, according to Patrick Peys, of the Belgium Federal Police, an experienced gem detective and lead investigator of the 2003 Antwerp Diamond Center heist of nearly half a billion dollars in diamonds, cash and other valuables.
Diamonds . . . are a girl's Best Friend May 25 2010, 0 Comments
" . . . A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental on your humble flat, or help you at the automat.
Men grow cold as girls grow old and we all lose our charms in the end. But square-cut or pear-shaped
these rocks don't lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl's best friend . . . Tiffany's . . . Cartier . . . Talk to me, Harry, Winston,tell me all about it!"
Iconic Glamour May 25 2010, 0 Comments
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption=""You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you." -Audrey Hepburn"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="410" caption=""Diamonds are a girl's best friend." -Marilyn Monroe"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="252" caption=""Big girls need big diamonds." -Elizabeth Taylor"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="413" caption=""Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help." -Princess Diana"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="498" caption=""I don't want to dress up a picture with just my face." -Grace Kelly "][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="216" caption=""The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship." -Jackie O"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption=""It's so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance." -Lena Horne"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="260" caption=""One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without." -Queen Elizabeth I"][/caption]