Monday, July 23, 2018

How to clean your oxidised silver Jewellery

Cleaning your Oxidised silver jewellery
Le Beau Ring for Men by Catherine Marche
Oxidized items rarely need cleaning and any dirt that does occur inside recesses or groves can be cleaned with a dry soft brush or with soapy water. Do not use any hard brushes or abrasives which may scratch away at the surface.
Do not immerse oxidized items in chemicals such as jewellery cleaning solutions as this will remove the oxidization. 
Silver surfaces can be cleaned in warm soapy water or with a soft cleaning cloth. Do not rub your jewellery to keep the finish last longer.

Le Beau Ring above made to order in your ring size . 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Caring for oxidised jewellery

Caring for oxidised jewellery
Some of the creations available from Catherine Marche Jewellery are oxidised.
It means the silver has been darkened chemically.
Oxidising is a temporary surface treatment applied to silver to turn the item dark grey. The oxidization is not permanent and will progressively burnish slightly on raised areas over time.
This is often seen as a positive feature, as the surface individually evolves through use of the wearer.
To prolong the black finish it is advised that you store your oxidised jewellery separately from your other jewellery to avoid it rubbing against each one another or any sharp surfaces. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as perfumes, cosmetics, shampoo and cleaning products.
Catherine Marche is happy to re-oxidize any item purchased free of charge, however, postal charges will need to be covered by the customer both ways.

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Feature - Londonlocalteam Meet the Maker

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58a6f0a4b8a79ba548e686d4/t/58a6f74d1b631b4f5f35116a/1529683939792/?format=1500wA big thank you to teh team at London Local Team who featured myu creations today as part of thier Friday Feature program to meet the makers.
Here, You can find the interview about my jewellery




Friday Feature - 29.06.18

As part of our Meet the Maker series on our blog, we have created the Friday Feature. On the last Friday of each month we will feature a team member and their Etsy shop, to give you a quick glance behind the scenes and discover more about our diverse team members.


Friday 29 June, 2018 - Kalicat Jewellery

Name: Catherine Marche
Location: Hatton Garden, Central London
Etsy Shop: Kalicat

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I come from Paris, moved to London many years ago for love. Now a mother of two, I am a full time goldsmith. As a Parisienne true to French effortless stylish elegance, I design and make fine jewellery characterised by its chic and elegance. My bespoke and limited edition jewels are made in 18K gold or sterling silver, with diamonds, gemstones and pearls. I believe every woman deserves to look stunning and spoilt with beautiful and playful jewellery that will enhance their inner beauty, be a statement of the mood of the moment and be kept as a future heirloom. I enjoy designing bespoke jewellery pieces with the person who will wear then in mind. I hope they will feel amazing and gorgeously empowered when wearing their new jewellery. My collections include engagement and wedding rings, rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets, and a range of rings and cufflinks for men too. I like experimenting with ancient and modern techniques, like granulation and photo etching, a process borrowed to electronics printed circuit boards. My Volutes bangles are showcased in the new encyclopaedia of jewellery techniques to illustrate photo etching.

I love travelling and discovering new places and new cultures. I also like fashion, playing the saxophone, white water rafting, skiing, waterski, gemstones shopping, baking. The list could go on and on.


Baroque pearls and 18K gold earrings, as seen in Vogue © Catherine Marche 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON ETSY?

After the birth of my children, I realised I would not be able to see them grow if working in IT as I used to, so decided to change to a freelance career where I will be able to tailor my working hours to family life while doing something I like. I always had a passion for jewellery and in fact commissioned my first jewel when I was nine years old, when my mother took my to meet an artisan who made me a wonderful pendant. I got started on Etsy in 2007, a few weeks after I enrolled in my first "jewellery at the bench" class in Central Saint Martins. It was a much smaller community then and I even got the chance to meet Etsy's founder when he came to London. I love the fact that Etsy allows me to connect with handcrafted jewellery lovers all around the world. Getting one of my jewellery pieces to fly around the world to a new customer is such a thrill. I am always flattered that my clients love my jewellery enough from a photo to want to wear and cherish it. It is such a honour that something I create is part of a story and has sentimental value to others. I like the forums which burst with helpful advice. I even get addresses of things to do and places to see when I travel, which help making the experience less touristy.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN/MAKING PROCESS:

My design/making process depends on the piece I am creating. I can get inspired by the gemstone, by a song, a word, a colour. I enjoy the experimental touch and go and sometimes just dig into the making head on. When working on a bespoke commission, I will explore several ideas in my sketchbook (and sometimes bits of envelope) as it is important I get a clear idea of what my client would like before being able to estimate how long it will take to make, the materials and costs involved.


18K gold stacking rings with diamonds

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Freedom is most definitely what I enjoy the most. Being able to decide in which direction I want to take my business. Not having to follow the diktats of fashion, but setting my own trends instead. Tailoring my days and schedule according to my workload and family life. It is a great advantage to be able to have a dedicated platform to sell my creations from tailored for people who value creativity and originality.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU JOIN THE TEAM?

I joined the team a few months ago for collaborations, sharing advice, organising or taking part in events and opportunities. Working as a jeweller can be quite solitary at times and I enjoy the company of other creatives, and being able to exchange feedback, support and creative ideas. The team also has meet up events where you can interact with many talented individuals. Thank you!

To find out more about Catherine follow her on social media:
Facebook: Catherine Marche Jewellery
Twitter: @catherinemarche
Instagram: @catherinemarche








 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Quick summer sale on Dawanda







Summer sale accross a selection of jewellery, valid for a few days
The website transactions are in Euros, ideal for you if you are based in any country in the EU .
I am making room for my new stock, destashing some of my pieces.

smoky quartz earrings
To enjoy your reduction of 20%, head off to
go to my ONLINE JEWELLERY SHOP, category SALE

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Interview of Catherine Marche by the Design Trust

    As featured on The Design Trust


    THE FIVE QUESTION INTERVIEW: Business Club member Catherine Marche 
    .. What is your main area of business?
    I started selling my jewellery a few weeks after starting my 1st class in 2007. After working as a maths teacher and a computer scientist, I turned to my love of art and design and went back to college to learn the ropes of jewellery design and goldsmithing. I am still enthralled by the lure of gemstones, pearls and gold on a daily basis.

    2. What are you working on right now?
    At the moment, I am developing a new collection of 18K and 22 K gold jewellery inspired by ancient artefacts and jewellery from ancient civilisations: Egyptians, Romans…. My new Cleopatra loves Cesar collection presents itself like a treasure which had been buried for centuries and only just resurfaced marred by the marks of age . It features raw gemstones, diamonds and baroque pearls with uneven cuts and rough edges and textured metals. I enjoy wearing one of the pairs of earrings I just made as I am answering your questions.


    I am also a founding member of a jeweller’s Collective calle #JeDeCo, and we are celebrating a brand new shop and 6 years in the @OxoTowerwharf on Thursday 21st June , feel free to pop in to join us, as you will be the first ones to able to see and try my new creations. I will be delighted to have a chat with you. The festivities start at 5 pm until 9pm+
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    3. What social media works best for you?
    I like using Instagram and Facebook the most as I like the interactions I have with clients, jewellery lovers and fellow designers on these platforms. I also use Pinterest for all sort of boards from fashion to home and collecting recipes and twitter for quick chats.
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    4. What is your biggest business challenge this year?
    This year, I have a brand new logo and boxes. It took me months to finalise and funnily enough, I ended up back to one of my first sketches. My next challenge is to find new venues to sell my new collection as several of my stockists have just stopped trading.
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    5. What do you know now, that you wish you had known three years ago?
There is no rush, just enjoy the process and have fun being yourself !
There is no shame in being different, or having a unique vision.


https://www.catherinemarche-designs.com/



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  • Friday, June 1, 2018

    Gemstone of June: THE PEARL


    Gemstone of  June:  THE PEARL

    The pearl is a symbol of femininity, originating in China, Japan and Tahiti. Coveted for its softness and its pearlescent reflections. The pearl is a mother of pearl formation made by some marine animals whose colors can vary from a bright white to a cream, a light pink or a deep black ...
     
    Keshi pearls bridal earrings by Catherine Marche ©
    The pearl was the symbol of femininity and marriage in ancient Greece.
      
    Appreciated for their beauty and rarity, pearls have been venerated for thousands of years in cultures all over the world, from China to India to the Arab world and imperial Rome.

    According to Indian belief, pearls had the power to give speech to mutes, they also give great vitality to those who wear them.
     
    white baroque pearls necklace by Catherine Marche worn by this bride as a hair band
    The white pearl is the most common but their color can vary: the white pearl has pearlescent reflections, ivory or cream, the pearl of Tahiti black reflections bronze, green, pink.

    The pearl is a gift for the third wedding anniversary, it is also the birthstone of the month of June.

    Click to shop for fine cultured pearl jewellery

    my jewellery journey on instagram

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    I love collaborations

    I met Cece, a wonderful sylist a few months ago. I spotted her as I just loved her hair. she has big curly hair and had a streak of white hair, which made he hair come to life. 

    O wonderful surprise, she likes my jewelry and has asked if she could feature a few pieces in an upcoming photoshoot representing African commodities.

    So exciting !
    The fashion photographer is Violeta from VioletaSofia,

    © Violeta Sofia

    This is part of my selection of pieces



    cannot wait to see the results, which jewellery pieces they will be using and how they will be styled.

    watch these spaces  Cece https://www.instagram.com/modebycece/
    VioletSofia https://www.instagram.com/violetasofia/
    and mine 

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