Friday, May 15, 2015

interview - Making Jewellery magazine

as seen on

Catherine Marche Jewellery

Thursday, September 5, 2013

We take time out to have a chat with contemporary jeweller Catherine Marche

Catherine Marche Pink Topaz Ring Photo By Simon Armitt
Pink topaz ring photo by Simon Armitt 
1. When did you first start making jewellery?
I have had a keen interest in jewellery for as long as I can remember. I was already making beaded jewellery such as earrings and necklaces as a child for me and my dolls. In my teens, I used to help a woman collecting money for African missions by making jewellery items that she sold for fundraising. I progressed later on to commissioning pieces like earrings, pendants and rings to be made to my specifications, and further decided to study the art of jewellery making by enrolling in Central St Martins to learn valuable bench skills. My most memorable accomplishment was being shortlisted as a finalist for a jewellery award by Holts Academy of Jewellery as well as for the Precious Award.

2. How has your background influenced your jewellery designs?
During my youth I travelled and was exposed to different cultures and fashions. I embraced a career in computer sciences, while studying arts at l'Ecole des Beaux-arts where I honed my drawing skills. After a few years in IT, I gave into my love of sparkly gems and jewels and re-trained as a bespoke jewellery designer, allowing me to work freelance while raising young children. My passion for art and creativity, my French cultural heritage, my travels in several countries, as well as my different professional experiences all had some influence on my jewellery designs, allowing me to mix technology with ancient methods.
 Catherine -marche -gold -rings -diamonds
3. Can you describe your jewellery style?
I would say that from my creations emanates a hint of French playfulness.  My jewellery collections are made of precious metals (silver and 18K gold) enhanced by semi-precious stones  like sapphire, aquamarine, white moonstone, and pearls. I like my designs to remain simple and elegant, using soft and organic lines. I imagine jewels for a client who rejoices wearing something with an individual sense of style. My collections include engagement and wedding rings, stacking and cocktail rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets created in limited edition or as bespoke orders.

4. Tell us about how you design your pieces-do you have a particular process? 
I do not have a particular process as such. I might sometimes be influenced by a piece music or a poem, at some other times the gemstone itself will speak to me, or I will be inspired by the personality of the person who is going to wear it (in case of a bespoke commission). I tend to enjoy being able to mix new and antique techniques like photo etching and Keum Bo or granulation, combining and contrasting colours and shapes. I am drawn by the finality of the piece itself: do I want a dramatic piece of a dainty little thing? On which occasion will it be worn? My pieces are quite versatile, allowing the wearer to mix them and wear the same items in different occasions to create a different look. I like combining many delicate stacking rings together to create more of a statement.

5. Is there one piece of jewellery you've made that really stands out for you?
I really like wearing my Coco Gold Necklace, as a choker, as a long necklace, or as a bracelet with several rows. It is always finding a special place with my outfits.
6. Where do you find inspiration for your different collections?
I find the inspiration from my cultural heritage, from my travels, the street, music, poems, the fashion world, vintage finds and the beauty of couture. I love to fuse original ideas with a strong aesthetic, to create glamorous and elegant jewels.

7. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal cocktail style: a touch of class, a hint of French elegance, a dazzle of simplicity and a zest of exuberance.

8. What advice would you give to somebody just starting their own jewellery line?
I would say to stay true to yourself and who you really are. It is the best way to be able to talk about your creations with passions. Do not hesitate to ask for help whenever needed. Make sure you have excellent photos of your work. Communicate with others, let them know what you have just made and of course, enjoy wearing your own jewellery. Seeing people wearing our own creations represents the best thank you for designers.
Peridot -silver -ring -top
Photos: Unless otherwise stated Catherine Marche

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

in the press - Off the Hook Magazine - designers to watch

as published  by Maisie Hayden in Off the Hook Magazine

Maisie Hayden: 5 Up-and-Coming Fashion Designers to watch

By OFH, Apr 24 2015 09:03AM

Designer: Natasha Leith-Smith
Designer: Natasha Leith-Smith
Designer: Basharatyan V
Designer: Basharatyan V
 Brand: Beautiful Soul London
Brand: Beautiful Soul London
Designer: Catherine Marché
Designer: Catherine Marché
 Designer: Charli Cohen
Designer: Charli Cohen
5 Up-and-Coming Fashion Designers

1. Natasha Leith-Smith's jewellery line Allumer will light up your life. If you're looking to spice up your style, Allumer provides fashionable bracelets, necklaces and earrings made out of luxury materials suitable for any fashionista.

2. Basharatyan V is another brand rising to prominence via highly sought after looks for every season. Through colorful palettes brand-defining prints, this label appeals to anyone with a flare for personality and originality.

3. Beautiful Soul London is a cool British luxury brand for women that originates from Notting Hill. Using their signature prints, this brand boasts its understanding of style, fashion and sustainability.

4. Catherine Marché offers gorgeous jewellery that gives off a Parisienne sense of style. Utilizing gold, silver, pearls and gemstones, this brand provides simple, cutting-edge designs for any big city loving fashion enthusiast.

5. Charli Cohen graduated as womenswear student destined for fashion greatness. After being nominated for several awards, Cohen's work has landed her backing by the producers of Lycra fibre for the launch of her first independent, British-made clothing line.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

New exhibition in Folkestone - Green with Envy

Do you feel Green with Envy ? Come and try our new Jewellery creations celebrating  the colour green.   

Reminder for this Friday...

Friday 1st May Late night opening 
Be the first to grab a green delicacy and join us for a glass of wine from 5.30pm

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

French designers exhibit in London

Come and join us at the Baden Powell House,
March 16th from 10:30 am to 4 pm
65-67 Queen's Gate
London SW7 5JS

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Jewellery by Catherine Marche

Jewellery by Catherine Marche

to discover creations by French Designers, artists and artisans
Sucess Fair 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In the Press - British Vogue April 2015

The large Volutes Cuff has been fetured in the espy section of the British Vogue , April 2015 edition.

It is featured with a lovely crane bomber jacket and earrings by Oscar de la Renta

Thank you to the wonderful stylist and Felicities PR

Monday, January 19, 2015

Catherine Marche featured in Splendor - celebration of Jewelry Designers

as published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014,

by Carlotta, on SPLENDOR, a celebration of Jewelry Designers


Sterling Silver Volutes Photo Etched Cuff Bracelet
Having once served as the location for the Olympic Winter Games ninety years ago, the French commune Chamonix-Mont Blanc still bustles with snowy skiing adventures.  
At the center of it all is the Haute Route: a trajectory that leads to Swiss and Italian glaciers.

France is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Catherine Marché.

There is a creative restlessness evident in Marché’s jewelry collections.

Each collection is stylistically unique and reflects the jeweler’s exploration of different jewelry making techniques.

Styles shift from the chic, hammered hoops of her COCO Necklace to the photo etched floral patterns of her Volutes Collection.
The London-based jeweler, who initially embraced “a career in computer science,” enjoys “being able to mix new and antique techniques.”

Marché embarked on a career in jewelry making after studying the craft at Central St. Martins – University of the Arts London.
Her alternately sophisticated and whimsical creations of simple sterling silver stack rings, gemstone earrings, and wire work designs are purposeful choices that define her fine jewelry brand.
18K Gold and Big Baroque Pearl Earrings
“I might sometimes be influenced by a piece of music or a poem.  Sometimes the gemstone will dictate a design.  I enjoy combining and contrasting colors and shapes. 
Ultimately my creations emanate a hint of French playfulness, and they are quite versatile allowing the wearer to mix them and wear the same items in different occasions to create a different look,” says the working mom.
“I absolutely love the meaning jewelry has for the wearer.  Whatever its monetary value jewelry is precious to the heart.  To me being a part of something that touches people’s lives is invaluable.”
18K Yellow Gold COCO Chain Necklace
2014 Jewelry Trend AlertAlong with the style trend of muted hues, courtesy of freshwater pearls, black onyx and Botswana agate, Marché’s jewelry brand also includes her elegant Dotty Rings that highlight a single, small cabochon cut gemstone. 

Marché likes to layer these rings for a subtle yet dramatic effect, a style that is on trend for the year.
You might also like:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Latest Jewellery Trends on Dawanda

My You and Me - Toi et Moi Ring has just been featured in the latest Dawanda French Newsletter on trends, with the Garnet Gemstones for the Bordeaux Jewellery Trend.


Related Posts with Thumbnails