Friday, January 23, 2009
I had envisioned a light, delicate, feminine and graceful ring that really emphasized the patterns and diamonds without being gaudy or pompous. I wanted the rings to have influences from my wedding dress and my Turkish and Persian flare. Here are the rings. One is worn on my right middle finger, and often together with other rings. I am so delighted that many brides are also intrigued by it and are wearing it as their wedding rings. Thank you! And I found this blog showing my jewelry http://www.brendasweddingblog.com/blogs/2008/12/17/jewelry-eye-candy.html Thank you Brenda's Wedding Blog!!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Katrina Kelly Jewelry is often inspired by Christie’s fine art auction house. They auction off some of the finest crème de la crème works from all fine art genres. They are having an auction this month on Old Master and 19th century drawings. My fancies tend to gravitate towards these drawings. Especially architectural and vedute like drawings and etchings, like Bernardo Bellotto and Piranesi -Here is a work that I find just breathtaking. It is to be auctioned off soon. The architecture detail work is by Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga who was a European theatrical designer. I believe that Gonzaga and I are strikingly similar. We are both architects at heart and it is noted that his work encompasses four styles; Baroque, Classicism, Sentimentalism and Romanticism. One could not attribute his work to a particular style. His work is an amalgam like Katrina Kelly Jewelry.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
My line is designed by a woman for women. It breaks away from the same old same old designs, but still retains a classic aesthetic that is so sought after. Women understand how to create bold, strong, delicate and feminine jewelry without being chunky and so geometric. Women are clever, soft, intelligent and sensual so should be their jewelry. My line represents women with discerning tastes and aesthetically acute senses. Any woman that has traveled, read voraciously or simply likes to feel and look ravishing will value The Katrina Kelly Jewelry Collection. My Jewelry is for ladies that appreciate an epicurean lifestyle of fine arts, cultures and beauty.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I just happened to see The Wrestler a few hours before The Golden Globes. I did not watch the awards but just saw online that Mickey Rourke won The Best Actor award. He was donning an interesting and sentimental array of rings dedicated to his dogs. Katrina Kelly Jewelry might move into men’s jewelry if Mickey wants to model for us! This movie struck a nerve in me-I am truly happy and think this was a well deserved award. This movie was stupendous, powerful and thought provoking to me. Today I am still thinking about it. One, I want to be the best that I can be and be prolific in my knowledge and skills so that I will have a variety of career options JIC. I want to make sure that I never get stuck in a rut-change is good- especially a new hair style! I vow to always listen to the newest music so that I am not head banging to GNR 20 years later. I am not an expert in what a good actor should be, however when I left this movie I thought the acting was remarkable and I was thrilled that Mickey Rourke had a gig. Perhaps I really believed these actors-I never thought they were over or under acting. Thank goodness for a new creative genre that this film had. Really this movie was about good people leading similar parallel lives-One of the lives was the only life possible to live considering life’s circumstances and doing the best one can do considering. In case you have not seen it I will not expose more details…The movie was sad but real.
I adore and respect all cultures and I am especially inspired by rich cultures like The Turkish, Persians and the Arabs. I am so inspired by such cultures that some of my jewelry collections embrace their allure. Hence I make my own Katrina Kelly Jewelry versions. I am forever changed by my work experience years ago where I was engulfed and surrounded by Lush Turkish and Ottoman Jewelry and Treasures. My love of this style and culture lead me to learn of neighboring cultures, architecture, treasures, jewelry ( jewellery) and riches.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Some say don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Stanislav Kaufman , a jeweler for Van Craeynest does not know this saying. Perhaps he was weary of mundane tasks of the everyday manufacture jeweler. A sort of epiphany seemed to occur. He had an ambition for a challenge. More specifically he longed to emulate a Faberge-style egg and make his own egg. He executed his version in a piercing 12 years. He named it The American Egg, however I want to call it the Regal Awesome Magnificent Egg. My vocabulary is just not extensive enough to send him the praise and accolades that he deserves. Bravo! Just look at this egg. This egg is absolutely stunning. After spending quite a bit of time as a bench jeweler myself I have the upmost respect and admiration for this masterpiece. This must have been an enduring and excruciating task. I want to see it in person. The American Egg is made of nearly 20 ounces of platinum, yellow gold and 3,000 diamonds and rubies. His basket containing one egg is valued at $5 million. I feel that Kaufman far exceeded his ambitions. This is his magnum opus. I must see this egg in real life. Photo from JCK.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I used to associate the game of pool with beer, smoke and hole in the wall secluded alleyway dive bars. But after seeing this pool table, where is my Aristocrat Pool Shark? This pool table has diamonds and 18k gold! Now this is my kind of table. This table is gaudy, ostentatious and pretentious, but I respect it. Actually, I almost like it. The colors mimic my Baroque Cuff Bracelet. The Katrina Kelly Bracelet is a bit more toned down however. The blue-green color in the table is serene and peaceful. The hidden drawers are wittily hidden and flush with the table. Wish I thought of this, but without further ado the credit lays with World Billiards Champion Vincent Facquet.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Send a Disaster Stimulus Plan to all the Jewelers! Well, may not need one if we all courageously act like the 61 year old Phoenix, Arizona jewelry store owner that recently shot two wannabe robbers. They smashed open one of his jewelry cases then proceeded to pepper spray the owner. Don’t mess with Texas OR Arizona for that matter. All the thieves got was a ride to the hospital. And next they will get a ride to the slammer. Hooray for the jewelry store owner. Thankfully, my business model is a Just in Time one.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I had dinner in the Upper West Side this evening and stared hypnotically at The Dorilton on 71st and Broadway. It is an apartment building now but might soon be my corporate Katrina Kelly Jewelry Headquarters. I relish this building! It is sort of an amplified abundance of French architectural details. Every time I see this wondrous masterpiece it beckons some sort of ahhhh feeling in my soul. It boasts and blusters “HELLO” to me. It is somewhat haunting, imposing, alluring, inspirational and magical.
Monday, January 5, 2009
It is into the New Year now. I have a slight giddy feeling. Thus far, stocks are up and a new president will be stepping up soon. I have commenced my new beginning with a trip to the MOMA, bowling, some work outs, played chess (badly) and had a lovely brunch. And some voracious reading. I did not however, drink any Louis Jadot wine. What a pity. The Holiday’s were slow yet stable for Katrina Kelly Jewelry. We will be stepping everything up a notch this year to increase sales. I thrive best when things do not go so smoothly. Hence, many ideas have been contrived lately.