Get up close and personal with jewelry designer Catherine Canino and her classic American jewelry.
Describe the neighborhood your studio is in?
I am fortunate enough to consider New York City my studio with a few mini-locations....
Our factory is in the heart of the jewelry district on 47th street. This is a gritty, commerce and manufacturing driven locale where I roll my sleeves up and get things done. We do all master model work here: casting, metal hardware clean up, and assembly. Having trained as a metalsmith at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), this is forever in my bloodline!
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
What is your earliest memory of designing?
1972, the kitchen table with my dad...rigatoni and yarn necklaces.
What do you do to when you get creatively stuck?
Getting stuck reminds me of RISD. A design challenge, AKA a problem that needs to be solved, needs research. Go to the library. Look at art, architecture, old jewelry. It's actually fun to get stuck because growth comes out on the other side.
Where do you go or what do you do for creative inspiration?
My design heritage is equestrian hardware, but I love nautical links.
I have a great book on knots which is very inspiring. Materials (stones, leather, etc) always generate ideas.
I have been going to the Brimfield Antique Show for decades to look at old metal parts, objects, estate and costume jewelry and furniture.
Name three to five things you can’t work without and why?
What’s the best advice you ever received?
If you had to choose a favorite piece of jewelry you designed, what would it be and why?
Our Pebble Pearl Earrings! I remember the moment I sourced this material in this shape and visualized the design. We have since added many colors and sizes and sold tens of thousands. I'm so proud of the simplicity and longevity of this style.
Visit Catherine Canino's full collection at Favery.
As Always, Shine Bright!