Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ADVENT PROMOTION TODAY

Jewellery and Objects of Desire High end Jewelry in precious metals, for women with a great sense of Style and Fashion, created by French designer Kalicat, in her London based studio. Sterling silver and 18K gold with shimmering pearls and precious sparkly gems to complement your stunning beauty.


image: star Blum ring
Today only, 12% off Jewellery on all items marked by a little red boot (Santa's )
You might want to hurry up, most items are limited editions.
PLease click here to indulge
Delivery in gift box all around the world

Monday, November 30, 2009

a little eye candy


Curated by Janice
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ADVENT CALENDAR on Dawanda

From November 24th, until 16th December,
Every day there will be a little surprise waiting for you in one of these lovingly handknit stockings,
12% off the category of the day, all sellers taking part will be indicated by a little red boot icon

dawanda will feature a different DaWanda main category (Fashion, Accessories etc.), where you can receive a 12% discount off the sale price in all participating shops - products in the promotion can be recognised by a little red stocking symbol on the listing. The reduced price will be calculated and displayed during the order process, and in your shopping basket.

to find out more about this promotion, click here

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Designer Jewellery Maker Kalikat Joins makers-online.co.uk

makers-online.co.uk are pleased to welcome their latest artisan Catherine Marche, she joins a growing band of talented designer/makers who are featured on the makers-online website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Golden Blum Earrings
Golden Blum Earrings
PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 17, 2009 - Catherine is a talented French designer of exquisite rings and earrings. Based in her London studio she manufactures her stunning range of designer jewellery under the trade name of Kalicat.

Catherine designs Kalicat jewellery to look simply stunningly gorgeous. Her elegant and feminine creations will delight a clientele who love wearing jewellery that has an individual sense of style. She as a passion for soft lines, simplicity and colour and uses sterling silver, 18k gold with shimmering pearls and precious gems to produce unique pieces of elegant jewellery for women with style and glamour.

Her beautiful/professional/gorgeous pieces will be treasured for years by those lucky enough to wear them.

She believes that colours are the secret of beautiful jewellery; designers have to study and learn the art of matching vibrant or soft colours to catch that magic combination that produces a ‘piece de resistance’.

Catherine was born in Paris and brought up internationally; she is a globetrotter who now lives in London. She has been creating since an early age and was making dolls jewellery and outfits before reaching the age of 10. When she was old enough she followed her passion by training in jewellery at Central St Martins and in Hatton Gardens.

Her jewellery is characterised by its chic and elegance with a hint of her French playfulness, she believes that everyone deserves to look stunning and spoilt with beautiful and playful pieces that will enhance their inner beauty and be a statement that captures the mood of the moment.

The Golden Blum Earrings pictured can be seen here:
http://www.makers-online.co.uk/products/earrings/golden-b...

Her Black Blum Ear Studs can be seen here:
http://www.makers-online.co.uk/products/earrings/black-bl...

Kalicat's full range is listed here:
http://www.makers-online.co.uk/artist/kalicat

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An online store featuring handmade and unique earrings, brooches, bracelets and other jewellery, accessories and homeware created by independent designers in the UK.
http://www.makers-online.co.uk/

Photo:
http://www.prlog.org/10417197/1

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Celebrity gifting


My stacking Ludiques ring has been selected by Dawanda for celebrity gifts.
Check it out, next to miss Hepburn

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

little doodle

It's my Autumn cleaning spree, and I come across lots of little doodles in the corner of envelopes, bits of napkins...

Yes, i DO have a sketchpad as well :)
This is just something that happens when I am on the phone.

Monday, November 2, 2009

An interview for Dawanda.
Thank you Julia

Rencontre avec Kalicat

par à 02.11.2009 15:32:33h | 3 commentaires | Portraits | Tags: , ,
kissen_12Cette semaine, découvrez l’univers féerique de Kalicat. Des bijoux splendides, un travail de fourmi minutieux et unique, pour un voyage à travers les époques. Des parures de qualité époustouflante et des trésors en tous genres, rencontre avec cette artiste qui nous parle de ses créations avec passion.
Qui êtes vous Kalicat ?
Je m’appelle Catherine, j’ai 42 ans et ai la chance d’en paraître 10 de moins ! J’habite à Balham, un quartier du Sud-Ouest de Londres. Assez sympa, avec un des meilleurs pub d’Angleterre; le Bedford.
Avez-vous suivi une formation particulière ?
J’ai suivi des cours aux Beaux- Arts en parallèle de mes études scientifiques, puis des cours de dessin, gravure à l’eau forte, peinture et illustration de mode à Londres, à la St Martins school, Putney School of Arts et au London College of Fashion.
Après avoir travaillé comme prof de maths, ingénieur informatique et chef de projet informatique pendant une dizaine d’années, j’ai pris des cours de création de bijoux et de joaillerie.
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Quelles sont vos passions ?
Les bijoux, la danse, les voyages, la mode, la lecture, la joaillerie, les chocolats, le fromage… Ai-je mentionné les bijoux ?
Quels genre d’articles vendez-vous sur DaWanda ?
Je fais des bagues fines que l’on peut combiner les unes avec les autres, pour créer son propre look. Des boucles d’oreilles et bracelets pour porter tous les jours, ainsi que pour les grandes occasions, avec des créations en argent massif et or 18 carats, agrémentés de pierres précieuses et/ou de perles de culture. Je fais aussi des chaînes avec des anneaux irréguliers, très versatiles que l’on peut styliser de plusieurs manières. J’aime organiser mes créations autour de thèmes ou de collections.
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Quelles sont les trois créations de votre boutique les plus représentatives de votre travail ?
Mes petites bagues ludiques de la collection Blum. Elles permettent de parer les romantiques et les femmes qui aiment les grosses pierres car l’on peut les combiner à loisir. Elles se déclinent avec plusieurs motifs et fleurs différentes, avec trois finis : mat, poli our noirci.
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J’aime jouer avec des pierres précieuses et créer des parures d’oreilles idéales, comme ces boucles d’oreilles Opera.
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Une autre pièce qui a du succès sur DaWanda est mon anneau “Le jour et la nuit” en or jaune massif 18 Carats orné d’une constellation de diamants blancs et noirs de tailles différentes, évoquant une nuit d’été.
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Quels matériaux utilisez vous plus particulièrement ?
J’adore travailler l’or jaune, particulièrement l’or 22 et 18 carats. Mais je trouve que certaines gammes de couleurs se marient mieux, selon le design, avec un métal blanc, comme l’or blanc, l’argent ou le platine.
Qu’est-ce qui caractérise votre style ?
Mes créations sont assez éclectiques et variées. Elles ont en commun des lignes épurées et délicates. Plutôt simples, elles sont conçues pour mettre en valeur la personne qui les porte en lui procurant la possibilité d’avoir un style élégant et sympa.
Où trouvez-vous votre inspiration ?
Les femmes et les époques d’antan sont une source d’inspiration intemporelle : Baroque, Grèce ancienne, Jackie Kennedy Onassis… Mes sautoirs et chaînes sont inspirés par les grandes cocottes des années 20, au style impeccable et farfelu, couvertes de bijoux. J’ai aussi créé des boucles d’oreilles inspirées par des vestiges de bijoux égyptiens vus dans un musée de Londres. Je suis une fana de mode, de haute couture et de belles photos. J’écoute de la musique entrainante (Bresilienne, Jazz, Soukouss…) et je cré en m’inspirant de leur rythme.
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Comment avez-vous découvert votre talent ?
Par hasard je crois. J’ai toujours eu la main créatrice. Je fabriquais les vêtements et les accessoires de mes poupées. Adolescente, je ne pouvais pas acheter tous les bijoux dont j’avais envie et je me suis tout naturellent mise à en faire quelques uns. J’ai eu un déclic en pouponnant mon premier né, me demandant quel autre métier je pouvais faire… “Les bijoux !”, me suis-je écriée, j’adore les bijoux, je n’en ai jamais assez. J’ai eu l’envie d’apprendre à les faire moi-même.
Quels sont les projets que vous souhaitez développer ?
J’aimerai collaborer avec des créateurs de mode pour imaginer des défilés emprunts de folie ! Avoir aussi l’opportunité de faire des photoshooting de mes bijoux. Et un jour peut-être une boutique, des sacs à main, des objets maison, qui sait ?
Depuis quand êtes-vous inscrite sur DaWanda ?
Déjà deux ans ! Que le temps passe vite. J’aime communiquer avec mes clients et savoir, par exemple, que mes petits bijoux ont été utilisés pour demander des jeunes filles en mariage, me remplit de joie.
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Que vous apporte les échanges avec d’autres créateurs ?
Un terrain d’entraide. C’est très enrichissant, motivant, stimulant. C’est l’occasion de lier de nouvelles amitiés et de découvrir de nouvelles techniques.
Quel est le rôle de DaWanda dans votre activité créatrice ?
C’est comme une bonne fée qui se penche sur notre berceau et nous aide à nous faire connaître, qui nous permet de nous promouvoir et de nous agrandir à notre propre rythme. C’est une fenêtre ouverte sur le monde.
Pour vous DaWanda c’est… ?
Une petite huitre, remplie de perles de créations uniques.
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Citrine - a little selection


Curated by SimplySuzula

items available at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32457561
horse

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sapphire through History and Myths


• The word sapphire originated from the Green word “sappheiros”, meaning blue. Because of this, during much of the ancient world all blue gemstones were referred to as sapphires, even if they were technically different gems. The irony is that, as mentioned above, sapphires come in colors other than blue. Sapphires are actually the same mineral as rubies; whenever the stone appears in a red color it is known as a ruby and when corundum is any other color it is a sapphire. Blue sapphires have been long been favored by royalty as a symbol of wisdom, virtue and holiness, and many rulers have worn sapphire necklaces or pendants as a protection from harm. Supposedly the Ten Commandment tablets were actually made of sapphire, likely due to the sapphire’s role throughout history as a symbol of virtue and holiness.

• Ancient Persians poetically believed that the earth rested on a large sapphire, and that the skies reflected the brilliant blue color of the gemstone. The sentiment that sapphires were symbolic of the heavens runs through many cultures in history, and even today many people feel that sapphires are a representation of heaven.

• When Prince Charles proposed to Princess Diana he used a ring with sapphires, boosting the gemstone’s popularity in engagement rings. Even today many engagement rings utilize sapphires, whether sapphires are flanking a diamond center stone, the center stone is a blue sapphire or the center stone is a clear sapphire used to mimic the appearance of a diamond.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

15% off Jewelry - Dawanda wall fall sale


The DaWanda "Wall Fall Sale" will run from Monday 19.10 at 12:00 CEST until Sunday, 25.10 at 23:59 CET.
In all participating shops (where products will be marked with a little flag icon), in which you are shopping for the first time, you will receive a 15% Discount off the original price during the sale period! The reduced price will be calculated and displayed during the order process, and in your shopping basket. Please note - the discount will only apply for your first purchase, so it's best to pack a few things into your shopping basket at once!

I am participating, you will find my lovely jewelry products on http://kalicat.dawanda.com

Have you told your friends about the Wall Fall Sale yet? New users receive a 15% discount on their first purchase in all participating shops!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October Birthstone Opal

the October Birthstone is the Opal.

It comes in many shimmering colors, and also in bright orange = the fire opal, light pink, blue andean opal, "black" opal...

Opal is a mineraloid gel which is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt.

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel. Prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called "Cupid Paederos" by the Romans, meaning a child beautiful as love. One legendary explanation for this gemstone's origin is that it fell from heaven in a flash of fiery lightning.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

JeDeCo Jewellery Designers' Collective

JeDeCo pre-Christmas group show
28 - 31 October 2009

Following the success at the Coutts London Jewellery Week, meet the designers behind the Jewellery Designer’s Collective: JeDeCo.
Jedeco designers will bring their latest collections to this special selling exhibitions where clients can also book a personal consultation with a jeweller to discuss bespoke commissions in time for Christmas.
From diamond rings to art jewellery, from affordable to exclusive, from classic designs to innovative forms, from amorphic to architectural jewellery artworks in gold and silver...
At this private view, for four days only clients may be able to buy work at studio prices from
JeDeCo Designers. We will be delighted to see you again, feel free to forward this invite to your friends.

          

When

Wednesday 28 - Saturday 30th October:
12.00 – 18.00 hours
Thursday 29th
late night opening until 19.30 hours

Where

Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square
Clerkenwell
London EC1M 4DS
Nearest station: Farringdon for the underground and overland trains
bus: 55 or 243.

Friday, September 18, 2009

latest Press coverage - Johnny Depp


Recent coverage, in German,
from http://blog.dawanda.com/2009/09/18/oh-johnny-depp/
How exciting!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Gemstone - Sapphire

Sapphires are members of the corundum family of minerals. They exist in nearly every color except red, as red corundum is called ruby.
One of the hardest minerals, sapphires are durable gemstones that have been in demand since ancient times.



© Catherine Marche - 18K white gold ring with sapphires and diamonds

Sapphire Hardness
• 9 on the Mohs' scale; compare to diamonds at 10 and turquoise at 5-6.

Sapphire Colors
• Cornflower blue is the most popular sapphire color, but all shades of blue are found
• Sapphires exist in many other colors, including yellow, colorless white, black, white, orange, pink, purple and brown
• A variety of orangish-pink sapphire is called padparadsha, which means "lotus flower."
Sapphire Treatments
• Heat treatment is commonly used to deepen sapphire color and improve clarity
Where Sapphires Are Found
• Quality sapphires are found in Ceylon, Thailand, Australia, India, Burma, Africa, and Brazil.

Unusual Sapphires
• Some sapphires are cut into cabochons (smooth domes) and produce a star with six rays that stretch across the sapphire's surface.
Synthetic Sapphires
• Like many other popular gemstones, sapphires can be created in a laboratory. Some synthetic sapphires are difficult to distinguish from gemstones formed in nature.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

featured interview with Niftyknits

Friday, 28 August 2009,

as seen on niftyknits

This is ... Catherine 

...from Kalicat Jewelry: kalicat.etsy.com and kalicat.dawanda.com for our European friends.

Catherine is a jewelry designer and maker from Paris. She was kind enough to feature NiftyKnits on her blog too!

Favourite colour?
It depends on the trends, the seasons and my mood, at the moment, I love warm yellows and lime green




Favourite smell?

I am very fond of Amber, and have a few candles in my house that I sniff from time to time, to make me feel good. Another favourite are cinnamon and Candy floss




Favourite place?

I'll have to mention my home town, Paris (France) and the place I had my honeymoon which is Thailand, I am crazy about everything there: the food, the weather, the fabrics, the jewelry, the sun, the people, the architecture!

Favourite sound?

I love the soft noise that a silk dress makes when you dance, move, walk!
And Bells from the ice cream van, LOL!




Favourite way to spend your time?

Listening to music, travelling around the world , looking at jewelry, trying it, making it and buying gemstones

Favourite item in your shop of all time?

I love my hand forged gold chain, which is so versatile I wear it as a choker, an long necklace, a bracelet!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5665924


Favourite shop that isn't yours?

I really like AutumnRussell's couture gowns. My favourite dress has already been sold, which is great as it is just gorgeous.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5386452



Being also a fashion illustrator myself, I enjoy perusing his sketches. They make me day dream, a bit like being a Cinderella waiting for an occasion to metamorphose into a stunning woman (which I am most of the time, of course). You can see mine at http://www.catherinemarche-designs.com/illustrations_portfolio/fashion.html

What has been the most useful lesson you've learnt so far that you'd like to pass on to our readers?

To check several times with my clients what their ring size is, and send them a ring sizing gauge or ask for a sample ring from them, before I make their ring. This way, we both avoid having to resize the ring, which is a huge gain in time.

follow kalicat on twitter:
Or join my facebook fan page for news and new items
You can also follow my blog for jewelry related articles http://kalicatdesigns.blogspot.com

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Interview with Nifty Knits

Interview with Nifty Knits, as featured 28 August 2009

This is ... Catherine


...from Kalicat Jewelry: kalicat.etsy.com and kalicat.dawanda.com for our European friends.

Catherine is a jewelry designer and maker from Paris. She was kind enough to feature NiftyKnits on her blog too!

Favourite colour?
It depends on the trends, the seasons and my mood, at the moment, I love warm yellows and lime green




Favourite smell?

I am very fond of Amber, and have a few candles in my house that I sniff from time to time, to make me feel good. Another favourite are cinnamon and Candy floss




Favourite place?

I'll have to mention my home town, Paris (France) and the place I had my honeymoon which is Thailand, I am crazy about everything there: the food, the weather, the fabrics, the jewelry, the sun, the people, the architecture!

Favourite sound?

I love the soft noise that a silk dress makes when you dance, move, walk!
And Bells from the ice cream van, LOL!




Favourite way to spend your time?

Listening to music, travelling around the world , looking at jewelry, trying it, making it and buying gemstones

Favourite item in your shop of all time?

I love my hand forged gold chain, which is so versatile I wear it as a choker, an long necklace, a bracelet!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5665924


Favourite shop that isn't yours?

I really like AutumnRussell's couture gowns. My favourite dress has already been sold, which is great as it is just gorgeous.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5386452



Being also a fashion illustrator myself, I enjoy perusing his sketches. They make me day dream, a bit like being a Cinderella waiting for an occasion to metamorphose into a stunning woman (which I am most of the time, of course). You can see mine at http://www.catherinemarche-designs.com/illustrations_portfolio/fashion.html

What has been the most useful lesson you've learnt so far that you'd like to pass on to our readers?

To check several times with my clients what their ring size is, and send them a ring sizing gauge or ask for a sample ring from them, before I make their ring. This way, we both avoid having to resize the ring, which is a huge gain in time.

follow kalicat on twitter:
Or join my facebook fan page for news and new items
You can also follow my blog for jewelry related articles http://kalicatdesigns.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cuteable, diamonds and husbands


a little mention in Cuteable, A daily blog with posts on cute apparel, jewelry, toys, home decor and more!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sources of peridot gemstone

Peridot, also called Chrysolite and Olivine.

The most beautiful stones come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

However, the peridot as a gemstone also exists in Myanmar, China, the USA, Africa and Australia.

Stones from East Burma, now known as Myanmar, have a vivid light green and fine inclusions with a silky shine to them. Peridot from Arizona, often used in native Indian jewellery, exhibits golden and browns tones.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Peridot - beliefs

Peridot gems are believed to have the power to drive away evil spirits, a power enhanced when the stone is set in gold.

Peridot gemstones are believed to be receptive and promote protection, health, wealth and sleep.
Peridot is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Its deep green hue suggests its use in wealth - attracting spells

Peridot is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Leo, and the month of August.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Peridot - August Gemstone

This gemstone was once called the "gem of the sun,"
Because the iron which creates the color is an integral part of its structure, it is found only in green, ranging from a summery light yellowish green to a dark
bottle green

It has already been used in Antiquity; it can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early 2nd millennium B.C.. The stones used at that time came from a deposit on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, some 45 miles off the Egyptian coast at Aswan
The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, giving it the name of "emerald of the evening'.
Peridot was also used to decorate medieval churches, maybe carried back to Europe by the Crusaders. Large peridots, more than 200 carats in size, adorn the shrine of the three magi at the Cologne Cathedral

The peridot is cut in accordance with its crystal shape, mostly faceted or in classical table cuts, or round, antique, as an octahedron or oval. Smaller crystals are cut into standardised series stones, larger ones into imaginative one-offs. Cabochons are made if the material contains more inclusions, for the domed cut brings out the fine silky shine of the inclusions to their best.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Luv Contests


a little feature about my giveaway, on ILuvContests

Thanks :)

You can see more at Kalicats Etsy shop.

One lucky winner to this contest one beautiful handmade stackable sterling silver ring called "Blum"

Giveaway has started and ends on 29 July, 2009.

To take part just click on the link above.

Good luck.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dawanda spotlight


Yipee, I have been chosen as designer of the week for the Dawanda homepage
Here is a little image of the feature...
New interview coming soon

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Helenes Dreams: Giveaway by Kalicat Jewelry - Gorgeous Blum Sterling Silver Ring

Helenes Dreams: Giveaway by Kalicat Jewelry - Gorgeous Blum Sterling Silver Ring

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Giveaway by Kalicat Jewelry - Gorgeous Blum Sterling Silver Ring

18k gold band ringsKalicat all the way from London, United Kingdom is offering a great giveaway today! Above, you see one of her beautiful set of gorgeous 18k beaten gold band rings, she calls these "Rhianna". I absolutely love the earthy and rustic look of these rings..simply beautiful.

Kalicat has learned her art of jewelry design and metal smithing at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Not only is she a jewelry designer, artist and illustrator, she is also a mother of 2 children.

She enjoys jewelry-making, fashion, painting and illustrating, eating chocolate and dreaming about all the things she will create in the near future. She loves to do custom work and is open to your design ideas as well!


tourmaline gemstone ringAll forged and made by Kalicats hand, a lovely pink oval faceted Tourmaline gemstone 6x4mm is bezel setted with recycled 18K yellow gold. You can find this ring in her shop made to order here.

I would like to invite you to visit Kalicat's etsy store. Check it out! She is offering one lucky winner to this contest one beautiful handmade stackable sterling silver ring called "Blum". They come in either shiny silver or a darkened version, made to size. See the image below. These are simply adorable!

sterling silver bloom ring

Saturday, July 25, 2009

a new feature, a Pretty rock


One on my peridot rings has just been featured on A Pretty Rock,
in an article on picking the right gemstone for birthstone jewelry.
Peridot , a symbol of success, dignity & protection

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