Monday, October 15, 2007
Featured Artist: Kalicat
My mother always commissioned her jewelry and would take me with her as a child to the jewelers. It was fascinating to see the design process. I had a real craze for earrings and little pocket money so the solution was to make my own. I got materials from a bead store and started to wear my creations.
Many years later, I could not find an engagement ring I liked that was different from the usual "Solitaire" diamond. Quite naturally, I designed and commissioned it. I also had to design a matching wedding band and my husband's. As time went by, I was designing and commissioning more and more: earrings, chains, rings.... It suddenly occurred to me that I should just learn the proper skills myself and get on with it. That was in October 2006.
I also enjoy creating bespoke jewels for clients, turning their ideas into the jewels of their dreams, for themselves or loved ones. It can be challenging, fun and tricky at times.
I love working with 18k and 22K yellow gold and setting stones. I think it is fantastic to be able to transform raw sheets of metal and wire into something sparkly, precious and beautiful that is unique.
I also paint and illustrate http://www.catherinemarche.com, and my work has been exhibited internationally, and is in private and corporate collections in several countries.
My favorite stones at the moment are PInk and Red stones: Rubies, Rubellite, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire, PInk Opal, Kunzite...
Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Mom of 2, she says: "I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future".
Each item may be made in gold, sterling silver or base metal, with the stones of your choice when available.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you want me to create something special for you, need something to be customized, or like something already sold.
Please contact me with any questions or requests for bespoke pieces.
All purchases are packaged ready to offer. In addition, a hand written card addressed to the recipient can also be added. Just let me know.
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I am an artist and illustrator http://www.catherinemarche.com,
I am a member #20 of Etsy Eclectic Jewelry Artisans, visit us at http://eeja.org/
I am also a member of the Art Jewelry Collective http://artjewelrycollective.wordpress.com/
I am a Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer - SRAJD #0551
ABOUT THE JEWELRY
All metal is sterling silver unless stated otherwise. Findings are either purchased as is or made by myself: handsawn, soldered, fabricated and crafted by me ;)
I source gemstones from suppliers around the world. All of my jewelry is made with top quality stones and designed to last.
If you have any questions about a specific work please ask! I guarantee each item for 6 months and can also change the length of the piece, or the nature of the gemstones, pearls, beads etc. whenever possible to fit your desires.
PLEASE NOTE: In honor of this lovely feature, I have a special discount for all your readers! Enter the code "90days" in the message space on my website and I will give you a discount of 20% on all my items on the site! This offer is valid until 01 January 2008.
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