Wednesday, February 25, 2009

BIG is In


I just had a look at the new fashion shows.


Yummy!


Such talents out there and so tempting too.

I absolutely adored Chanel's backdrop and head dress.
I have been behaving very well and been avoiding trying these outfits, and bags, and shoes...
so far so good :)
I have created a brand new choker, with a sterling silver chain, hammered clasp and some amazing calcite nuggets, available in my etsy store.


x

Cat

Sunday, February 15, 2009

an interview with PennyDog


Thank you to Pennydog Jewellery for a nice interview about my work

Interview with… Kalicat

  
I found Catherine’s work after she contacted me through my website. I think she is very talented, and creates timeless pieces. I hope you enjoy her work too.
 

Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Catherine Marche, I am French Designer Jeweller from Paris who lives and work in London.


What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I am a Goldsmith and artist, and uttermost a Mother of 2 young boys (2 and 4), who take a good share of my time.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
High-end jewellery in precious metals (18K gold and sterling silver), for women with a great sense of style and fashion.
I design and hand make limited edition and bespoke jewellery that is characterised by its chic and elegance, with a hint of French playfulness. My pieces are made in high carat gold or sterling silver, playing with the rich colours of precious and semi precious gemstones and lustrous pearls. My collection includes engagement and wedding rings, [everyday] rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets, as well as a few brooches.

What do you enjoy making most?
I have a little preference for rings, as our fingers deserve to be treated with respect. We have 365 days a year to adorn them, so why should we be contented wearing the same ring on the same finger day after day? I like to wear a different ring each day on my right hand, keeping my left one for engagement and wedding rings), sometimes, stacking up to 7 rings on the same finger. It does look very trendy when made with small thin rings like those from the Blum collection.
And after all, we do have 10 fingers.
I also love working on bespoke orders.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
I am inspired by people, music, moods and colour.
I believe that everyone deserves to look stunning and spoilt with beautiful and playful pieces that will enhance their inner beauty and be a statement or the mood of the moment I love to do custom orders, in fact I find the challenge very exciting! If you have an idea in mind for your own design, or you would like a different color, stone, metal just ask : )

What are you currently making?
Etched ring with onyx for man, 18K gold stacking rings with diamonds, and opera long necklaces and chains.
I like to work on several collections in parallel.

Can you make custom orders?
Oh yes. I am currently taking orders for special occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s day. Some creations can take a few weeks to be made, especially if they involve special processes like engraving, pave setting, etc.

Where can we buy your work?
I am offering my jewels on several venues like VIX Emporium in Philadelphia (USA), Katerina’ Gallery near Brighton (UK), and a few online galleries.
http://kalicat.etsy.com in US$ http://en.dawanda.com/shop/kalicat in Euros  http://www.design-connections.com/designer.aspx?id=110&product=307  in GBP £, and a few others :) Happy shopping and thank you for visiting!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

february Zodiac Gemstone - Moonstone

Moonstone Gemstone meaning:passionate love that will fly you to the moon


It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone for these reasons:
Brings good fortune
Assists in foretelling the future
Enhances intuition
Promotes inspiration
Brings success in love as well as business matters
Offers protection on land and at sea
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon.
It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.

Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which "is". Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.

Healing properties of Moonstone
Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland and balances internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.

Sources of moonstone
There are two moonstones. Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India and Madagascar. Albite moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is semitransparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It comes mainly from Canada.

Kalicat jewelry featured in Cuteable


Great little feature on Gold on http://cuteable.com/gorgeous-gold/3183, featuring my nice little tempting diamond rings, which are available in the finger size of your loving

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lovely Amethyst - February gemstone

Amethyst Gemstone meanings
Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison.

It is used as a dream stone and to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.

Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.

The amethyst is known as the Bishop's Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.

Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A healer will usually wear several pieces of jewelry with amethysts set in silver, especially an amethyst necklace. The person to be healed will have an Amethyst to hold while the healing is being done. The healer will place another piece of Amethyst on the area of the body in need of healing, the heart or lungs usually.
Amethyst is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.


Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts placed in a window that receives sun most of the day are very beneficial to use in healing and to heal negativity in the home. Place Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts in moonlight and everyone in the home will be feeling calmer. Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also helps relieve headaches.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

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