Friday, March 27, 2009

March Birthstone - Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.

Zodiac sign: Pisces (20 Feb - 20 March) & Aries (21 March – 20 April).
It is also the 18th and 19th wedding anniversary stone.


Aquamarine is a "stone of courage." It helps people to learn quickly and to use knowledge in "always being prepared." The energy of aquamarine is both flowing and structured. It cna protect against polutants. Aquamarine helps in achieving higher levels of consciousness and in the ability to understand complexities. It brings order, tolerance and moderation.


Folklore and Mythology of Aquamarine
Aquamarine was traditionally worn by sailors to protect them from the water and against storms. Aquamarine has also been used to protect against gossip. In medieval Europe, aquamarine was beleived to re-awaken love in a marriage and to make soldiers invincible in battle. The Greeks beleived that aquamarine would absorb the energy of young love and was considered the best gift for a groom to give his bride after consumnating their marriage.
It was popular among European royalty to wear aquamarine as an antidote to poison.
Ancient Romans used Aquamarine in treating ailments of the stomach, liver and throat.

Healing Properties of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is beneficial in the treatment of swollen glands. It can also be used to strengthen glands, teeth and bone structure. Aquamarine is especially excellent in treating the eyes

Amethyst - Gemstones Care


To clean your amethyst, avoid harsh detergents.
Wash with warm, soapy water.
Ultrasonic cleaning is usually safe.
Never steam clean.

Facts: Amethyst is used as faceted stones or polished cabochons and is carved in various shapes. Amethyst beads are used in necklaces, earrings and other jewelry in both rough unpolished forms, smooth glossy shapes, faceted beads and briolettes.

One of the largest cut amethysts in the world is 343 carats and is housed at the National History Museum in London.
Very dark stones are sometimes heated to enhance color.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Aquamarine - Care


To clean your aquamarine, avoid harsh detergents.

Wash with warm, soapy water.



Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are usually safe ♥

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Birds for my Cat

MyCatLulu likes Birds and features one of my pairs of birds earrings.

I hope they will not end up in the kitty's mouth :)





To see more earrings, click here

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Silver with a pinch of Salt


A new exhibition of works at the Goldsmiths
The entrance is Free

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fireworks

A little selection of jewelry selected by Cindie, including my Dotty Spot sterling silver earrings with Citrine gemstones cabochons

Thank you Cindie for showcasing my work :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

a feature in Moon Flower

March 13, 2009


Friday Feature: Kalicat Jewelry

by Rachel B. on Moonflower Images
Born in Paris and brought-up internationally, Catherine Marche is a globe trotter who lives in London.
Curious and "touche à tout", she has been creating since an early age.
She was already making her dolls jewelry and outfits before reaching the age of 10.
She recently decided to follow her passion for beautiful gemstones and precious by training in Jewelry at Central St Martins and in Hatton Gardens.
Catherine has a keen interest in fashion. Her elegant and feminine creations will jazz up a clientele who rejoices in a unique sense of style, from fashionista to office executive.With a passion for color, Catherine translates her love of many cultures into versatile collections of rings, earrings, chains and bracelets using 18k gold and sterling silver adorned with yummy precious and semi-precious gemstones and shimmering pearls. She enjoys creating limited editions pieces instilled with her unique sense of style.
Diamonds, Blue topaz, and tourmalines are among her favorite gems. Catherine also loves to work on bespoke designs to commission with the challenge of making a dream come to life.

I love her work! Go check her out at her etsy shop, Kalicat .
She can also be found on Dawanda, or blogging on Kalicat Creative.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Feature : Discover Kalicat Jewellery on Etsy

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Discover Kalicat Jewellery on Etsy

When I first started selling online, I remembering stumbling across Kalicat jewelelry on Etsy. A version of this ring really sticks in my mind!


Catherine Marche, the jewellery designer who owns http://www.kalicat.etsy.com/ trained in jewellery design at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London.


A mum of 2, she says: "I enjoy jewelry-making, Fashion, painting and illustrating, eating chocolate and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future".

"Each item may be made in gold or sterling silver customized with the stones of your choice when available. "



I absoultely adore Kalicat's jewellery and one day soon, one of those little rings shall be mine!!

Ali x

5 comments:

KayzKreationz said...
She's got some great jewelry. Love that bracelet in the picture. But I really like your silver crocheted cuff, too. Nice post.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
http://KayzKreationz.etsy.com
3 Magpies said...
Beautiful jewelry!
The_Frustrated_Writer said...
Beautiful Creations, she definitely has talent.

I'd love to be featured also, if you like my shop enough. Thank you for the opportunity.
http://etsybitsntips.blogspot.com
Tara said...
Lovely work!
I'd love to be featured as well
http://abitofcolor.etsy.com
http://smokypendants.etsy.com
rachellucie said...
Great feature!

Kalicat (Catherine) welcomed me on to etsy, and welcomed me on to Dawanda too, great to see her work being shown like this. Before I knew her at all, I had downloaded a photo of this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5377248 from flickr I think, because it really inspired me.

http://rachellucie.etsy.com
http://rachelluciejewellerydesigns.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Coutts London Jewellery Week Awards winners

Coutts London Jewellery Week has announced the winners of its inaugural Coutts New Jewellers Awards. Sixteen up-andcoming jewellers have been awarded the opportunity to draw
on Coutts’ unparalleled wealth of expertise working with SMEs and entrepreneurs via the Coutts Business Development Forum. Created to support and nurture new talent in jewellery design and craft, the Coutts New Jewellers Award-winners will receive advice on how to remain resilient during these testing economic times with a series of inspiring talks by industry and financial experts.

© Catherine Marche, Blum RingsAll sixteen winners have unveiled exciting plans for the Week, ranging from first-time exhibitions to collaborative shows and even jewellery recycling classes. These include Secret Garden - an exhibition organised by The Garden Studios of London celebrating Elizabeth Powell’s first collection of sumptuous colours and delicate beauty – and sparkling showcases by Ana De Costa and Zoe Catherine Kendall at independent designer store Kabiri.

Elsewhere, Missoma and SHO Fine Jewellery will be forming an exciting collaboration with fellow designers to launch Rising Gems – an exhibition held at a chic cocktail evening in central London - representing the new faces of the London jewellery industry and casting a spotlight on what’s fresh, fashionable and directional.
Coutts London Jewellery Week’s annual Treasure showcase gives some of this year’s Coutts New Jewellers a chance to sell direct to the consumer. Nina Koutibashvili and Ring Leader Urban Jewellery will be exhibiting new collections of inspirational, unique pieces at an event that is a platform for visionary design and new talent.

A number of Coutts New Jewellers will also be hosting individual exhibitions of their collections, including Alexandra Simpson’s Wow! Jewels for London, who will be exhibiting with 7 other designer jewellers including Yours Truly Catherine Marche.

CJS Inspired Design’s “Inspiration”, Ruth Tomlinson’s “Love Ring” collection at
Cockpit Arts, Holborn and Bex Rox’s limited edition African showcase at Brown’s. And Francesca Sibylla Augusta will be hosting Golden Age - a fun and flamboyant jewellery expos√© which is one
of a number of events planned for the Burlington Arcade.

Showcases aside, Leblas is inviting guest speakers from Vukani-Ubuntu, the largest
mineral-beneficiation organisation in the Jewellery sector in South Africa, while
precious gemstone and diamond setters Roque will be offering guests the
opportunity to ‘try on’ their collection using Holition’s revolutionary 3D virtual
mirror.


Representing the Coutts New Jewellers at the recent media launch for Coutts
London Jewellery Week were Jessica de Lotz and Rachel Galley. Very different in
style, both jewellers have exciting plans for the Week. Recent Central St Martin’s graduate Jessica is offering a week-long schedule of events, ranging from daily demonstrations to “make do and mend” workshops. Meanwhile Rachel’s jewellery will be available for preview at Cockpit Arts Open Studios and will include a new men’s collection and a high end gem-set cocktail collection of bespoke items.


Sarah Deaves, Chief Executive, Coutts & Co commented: “This year, our involvement in Coutts London Jewellery Week is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to supporting the world of entrepreneurs and contemporary art and design. Today, we can count one third of our client base as successful business owners and we recognise the importance of supporting entrepreneurs of the future, through the early stages of their career. We're excited to be nurturing these 20 promising new jewellers, through the creation of the Coutts Business Development Forum, and we hope that the course will provide the delegates with a great insight into building a successful and resilient business through its time of most need."
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Board Chair of organisers the City Fringe Partnership, added: "This is a great opportunity for up and coming designers to be part of Coutts London Jewellery Week and have their ideas supported by a major financial institution. The Coutts New Jewellers Awards is a timely investment into the Jewellery industry in the capital and into the future of London's small business sector."
More information about the Coutts New Jewellers can be found on the Coutts London Jewellery Week website:
[w] http://www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk/

Friday, March 6, 2009

In the press - Holts Academy of Jewellery

I signed up for a newsletter with Holts Academy of Jewellery, of which I have been a student.What a good surprise this morning as I opened my mail and saw this loveley feature.

I am just very pleased and delighted and would like to thank Holts Academy of Jewellery for featuring my 3 gold rings with diamonds.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

a feature in Deviant art

A great little feature of my work on Deviantart, thanks to Sweet Irie.




She is an art student going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. "I absolutely love it! When I am not doing school work, I am spending time with my family, many animals, church, and making jewelry and accessories. "









Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Aquamarine - a Definition

Definition of Aquamarine - the March birth stone:
The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water" . in reference to the color of the crystals.

The Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) family, used as a gemstone in jewelry.

Its crystal structure is hexagonal.

Its colour ranges from transparent light bleu to a sea blue green and can also be more opaque, when included.

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