Saturday, December 27, 2008


Don't you wish you were going to the tropics more often?
Just contemplating the beautiful turquoise waters, in a sunny day , laying on the sand under the palm trees..
Think about it, but a ticket and fly or, just get these lovely sterling silver earrings with chalcedony gemstones.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This should help you take good photos of jewelry and other small objects on a budget by making your own light box from a recycled card box
easy to construct and use!


12x12x12 box
14 x 10 piece of plexy glass or glass
a knife
background paper (scrapbooking paper is great from craft store)
wax paper
60-100 watt light

How to put it all together:

1) Take your 12x12x12 box and cut out one side. Keep the bottom of
your box intact.

2) (open side you just cut out) Measure 9 inches from the bottom and
make a slit all the way to the back of the box on both sides. Do not
cut the back of the box.

3) Slide your glass into the slits of the box

4) Take the wax paper and tape it over the light source. The
wax paper is used to defuse the light.

5) Aim the light towards the opening of your box.

6) Lay your background on the bottom of your box as your background.

7) Shine your light into to open area of the box. Take your photos from the
back of the box... with the light facing you.

Your camera should focus on the jewelry or small object, use your macro setting if your camera gas one.
The background will become fuzzy due to the distance of the background from
the object.

with permission by

Monday, December 22, 2008

Alternative birthstones list

The Traditional Birthstone list has some variations on the most common list.
This list  shows some societal birthstone traditions, many going back to the 15th C.
Garnet and 22K gold ring

January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Bloodstone
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Moonstone
July - Ruby
August - Sardonyx
September - Sapphire
October - Tourmaline
November - Citrine
December - Turquoise

many stones come in several colours of the spectrum.
Garnet, for example, which is so often regarded as being simply red, is in fact also available in green, orange, yellow, white and purple – virtually every colour in the rainbow except blue.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


There have been many different sets of birthstones used throughout history and in different cultures.
This is the list most commonly used nowadays:
January's Birthstone Garnet
February's Birthstone Amethyst
March's Birthstone Aquamarine
April's Birthstone Diamond
May's Birthstone Emerald
June's Birthstone Pearl
July's Birthstone Ruby
August's Birthstone Peridot
September's Birthstone Sapphire
October's Birthstone Opal
November's Birthstone Topaz
December's Birthstone Turquoise

Ring a ling

amazing rings in stock and made to order by kalicat  and other talented jewellers selected by Cindy

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hospice boosted by jewellery sale cash

Hospice boosted by jewellery sale cash - Source Hereford Times
7:30pm Wednesday 3rd December 2008

MORE than £300 was raised in aid of charity at a jewellery sale in Hereford last week.
Emma Plunkett, who has an imported jewellery business in London, brought a selection of Indian jewellery to Sybella Kirkbride’s house in Bishopstone to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.
Emma and Sybella spent nearly a year in India before they went to university and it inspired her to set up her business.
“It was just brilliant that Sybella and Emma wanted to support St Michael’s in this way,” said Helen Cotterell, fundraising consultant for St Michael’s.
“Emma has a lot of dealings with a hospice in India and she was just so happy to also support our local hospice with her sale.”

Monday, December 15, 2008

Zodiac Gemstones

Some Gemstones have come to be associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac. Those born under a particular sign are thought by some people to be influenced by that sign and to share common traits, emphasized by wearing their zodiac stones.
kalicat topaz ear studs earrings

Here is a list of Zodiac stones:
Aquarius (January 22 - February 18): Amethyst and Moonstone
Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Aquamarine
Aries (March 21 - April 19): Diamond
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Emerald
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Rock Crystal
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Pearl
Leo (July 23 - August 23): Onyx
Virgo (August 24 - September 22): Sapphire
Libra (September 23 - October 23): Zircon
Scorpio (October 24 - November 21): Opal
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Topaz
Capricorn (December 22 - January 21): Garnet and aquamarine

Friday, December 12, 2008

Call - Lark Jewelry Books

Everyone Should Send an Image for the Next Lark 500 Jewelry Book -- Great Publicity for Jewelry Designers
Totally cool... I've been chosen to jury the next in the 500 Series by Lark Books!
They are seeking high-quality images of jewelry featuring gems and stones to publish in an international juried collection.
Diverse materials, from rough, natural stones to fully faceted precious gems, are desired. All stones, designs and setting styles are welcome. All jewelry forms, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and brooches will be considered.
There is no entry fee.
Download Entry Form from the Lark Books website.
Don't miss out on this great, free opportunity to be part of this beautiful book. I'm really looking forward to seeing your entry when I go to Asheville to do the jurying.
Entry Deadline: December 12, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

tribute to ♥ shhexycorin ♥

Could not resist blogging about this amazing pair of life FISh earrings in baubles ...
"the goldfish earrings *are* real fish. being a slave to fashion, he replaces then with different fish every so often so they match his *kawaii* outfits. ^^"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

@Late - Museum of London

Come and enjoy Christmas carols and amazing shopping at the

Catherine Marche will be exhibiting her latest Jewellery alongside talented individuals like Amy Hutchings - textiles, Angie Boothroyd - Jewellery, Alexandra Simpson - Jewellery ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

MOCA shop

A fantastic venue is going to sell my work
Thank you MOCA Shop

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chrismas Shopping

shameless promo:

An early bird offer to celebrate Christmas in style, FREE postage on all orders placed by the end of November

Enjoy spoiling yourself and your friends

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunshine Opera chain with gems

Decided to work in warm and sunny harmonies, mixing hot and warm shades of gemstones with cool silver chain.

Here is the result
Made with Citrine, yellow jade, sunstone, carnelian, smoky quartz, carnelian... to name but a few

More gorgeous necklaces and bespoke jewellery are available to order.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gemstones ....

I Just came across a gemstones dealer who has contacted me.
Of course, beautiful gems to make anyone go wild are de rigueur

Here is a link to their website:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

UK Handmade

Not long ago, Anna from Sakura Jewellery introduced a new online magazine called ukhandmade.

"UK Handmade is a design led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. Artists and designers from across all of the art disciplines have a place here including photography, feltmaking, jewellery, fashion and art."

Come and visit the main site!
PLease join the mailing list to receive news and updates!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Featured by On A Thousand Hills

Featured by On A Thousand Hills

Monday, February 4, 2008

Etsy Featured Artist - kalicat

Catherine Marche, aka kalicat, utilizes semi-precious gems, pearls, sterling silver, and gold to create unique and elegant jewelry. Many of her pieces also incorporate her own wirework and metalwork. She also does custom work if you desire a piece done with your specifications.

I also visited her website of her non-jewelry art, some of which has been sought after by fashion magazines and others. If you would like to take a peek at this talented woman's other artwork, go here

Ice Dreans, Rock Crystal Icicle bracelet

This bracelet, Icycle Bracelet features some of kalicat's wirework using a wire crochet method. The stones resemble ice dangling from it.

"Dazzling sterling silver, Rose quartz and Opalite pendant with Silver chain" is a chain necklace embellished with a multi-gem pendant.
"Pink freshwater pearls dangly earrings" feature pearls in a pretty shade of pink dangling from a sterling multi-drop. Perfect for a nice night out.

Visit kalicat's shop for the perfect piece to wear on a night out

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

world wide women artists

Have you heard of WWAO?
It is a juried group of international women artists showing and selling their art works online.
Check them out

This is the Christmas showcase from Redlady art

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

my art on postcards and prints

I just came across a great website called redbubble

Monday, October 6, 2008

October is Breast Cancer month - PINK

Click Here to see a pink selection of jewels from my shop.

October Birthstones - Opal and Tourmaline

October has been associated with 3 gemstones: Opal, Jasper and Tourmaline.

while the gemstones associated with the zodiac are for

Libra (September 23-October 23) : Opal and smokey quartz
for Scorpio (October 24-November 22) : Topaz and Malachite

I have chosen to introduce you to Opal and Tourmaline.

Opal: Derived from the Latin "Opalus" , which means "Precious stone"

Opal was thought to protect the wearer from disease and to possess the gift of prophecy

White opal earrings by Catheirine Marche

They are found mainly in Australia, Mexico and the U.S.A

It is believed that they convey hope, innocence and purity. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The healing properties are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. The Opal is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.

Tourmalines exist naturally in a myriad of colors: yellow, green, blue, pink, red, brown, black. Some even have bi-colored properties. A valued bi-colored variety of tourmaline, found in Brazil, is called the "watermelon."
Red Tourmaline Bullet Cime Ring by Catherine Marche Jewellery

Watermelon Tourmaline is a unique stone. It balances the yin and yang in the body. Wearing a slice of watermelon tourmaline will allow you to understand matters in a more balanced way. Watermelon tourmaline draws joyful and understanding love to you. Meditate with a slice of watermelon between your hands and understanding of the beauty of the universe may come to you. Watermelon tourmaline is reddish-pink encircled by green

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

little doodle for Design

So, what do designers do when sitting in the tube?

Some read the news, some are asleep, other fix their make up, some are eating
and I, sometimes, like to sketch down ideas for new designs
Here is one.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

shopping in Euros

It is possible to shop in Euros, paying with paypal or by bank transfer.
Here is a selection of items available on Dawanda.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

featured in art jewelry collective


Etsy Shop Banner- Kalicat 
Catherine (Kalicat) is a globe trotter from Paris who lives in London. Curious and touche a tout, she has been creating since an early age. She was already making her dolls jewelry and outfits before reaching the ripe age of 10.  Nowadays, after a carreer as an IT consultant for big firms, Catherine is taking a break from the corporate world to go back to her love of design.  Having studied fine arts, in addition to her maths, physics and IT degree, and later children and fashion illustration, she started working as a freelance artist and illustrator. She has had numerous exhibitions and her work is in several public collections and museums.  
handmade silver chain by kalicat jewellery

Catherine started selling her Jewelry 5 years ago when a friend of a friend opened a boutique and asked to stock her designs. She recently decided to follow her passion to gemstones and precious metals as in addition to wire work, and crocheted Jewelry, she trained in metal work and silversmith at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens (in London).  Catherine has a keen interest in fashion and her elegant creations can be worn in formal or casual occasions.  You can find some of the latest designs on etsy.   

Monday, August 18, 2008

links and curves

a little pic of work in progress and studies in copper

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Coutts London Jewellery Week

Originally uploaded by kalicat_designs
Here is an image of some of the jewels I was showing at the A&D Gallery in London - UK
Sterling silver, cultured pearls and aqua blue chalcedony.

Thank you for looking

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Crochetting with wire

Originally uploaded by kalicat_designs
A new little pair or earrings to celebrate summer, with stunnning and cute little sunstones, and very thin sterling silver wire

Monday, July 14, 2008

ssssssooooooooo Desirable

One of my necklaces has just been featured on the UK website Desirable.

Come and check it out now:

The site dedicated to finding the best British fashion, home-wares, decor, jewellery and accessories that are available to be purchased online.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


A Group exhibition organized by the ACJ: Association of Contemporary Jewellers, with
Catherine Marche, Jane Adams, Gill Newton, Alexandra Simpson, Peta Bush, Bea Jareno, Emma O'Callaghan...

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Channel settings

hard work...
One whole day for these 2 rings but well worth it and lots of fun

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Feature - A pretty Rock - Blum' in Flowers

A new feature, Thanks to Yasmin from A Pretty Rock. 23/03/2008

One of my favorite themes in jewelry is blooming flowers. I can never seem to get enough. It looks like Catherine of KaliCat may feel the same way herself. Her love of blooms has lead to a line of jewelry titled “Blum”.

Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London.
Mom of 2, she says: “I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future”. Hopefully she will have more “blums” for us in the future too.

Here are some pieces from her Blum collection:

See more of her work on Etsy: kalicat
Visit her blog at: Le Miel et les Bonbons

Sunday, March 16, 2008

in the press, Cuteable ,

A new feature, cuteable, A daily blog with posts on cute apparel, jewelry, toys, home decor and more!
showcasing my handmade 18K gold Night and Day ring with diamonds


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