Although she uses precious stones and metals in her work, the design is of much greater importance to Catherina Bishopp than the intrinsic value of the materials she works with. Her ultimate goal is evoking humor, whimsy, and rare imagination through the use of striking color and inventive design in each of her pieces, which is what gives Catherina her signature look.
When the mood strikes to create, Catherina finds inspiration for her clever designs in familiar and recognizable items. Often, it is the materials that can become inspiring. Sometimes it is something else, something that draws you back for a second look.
Her real passion is to take objects or colors that are not normally seen as traditional jewelry and transform them into clever reinterpretations that are wearable and fun. This is what makes jewelry really, truly memorable and valuable.
Born as the youngest of seven children to Dutch parents, Catherina was introduced to the arts at an early age. At the age of five, she visited Europe and was introduced to a variety of art from the Dutch masters to the Italian Renaissance artists. Her parents encouraged her to develop not only her artistic talents but also her musical talent, which she did by playing piano.
Sculpture & Piano
At a very young age she progressed from color pencils to pastels and at the age of nine she was painting with oil. At Indiana University, Catherina's interests were in sculpture and classical piano. Her sculptures won her awards while her piano instructor was surprised that music represented her hobby versus her major.
After graduation, Catherina went on to the Ferrandi Culinary School in Paris where she won Grand Mere competitions for her creative talents in presenting new French cuisine to the panel of judges.
This invaluable artistic experience encouraged Catherina to begin making jewelry over the next few years, as she began displaying a flair for fantasy and whimsy in her design and exhibited a remarkable talent for incorporating precious stones into her work.
These were the beginnings of the distinguishing style that can now be found throughout her collection.
Jewelry by Catherina
In 1999, Catherina refined her pieces into a collection, cultivated her own contacts and started to sell her own work through prominent galleries and shops in the United States and France.
Soon thereafter, the Jewelry by Catherina brand was launched in 2000. As her young business began to grow, Catherina's innovative designs quickly caught the attention of her peers and fashion designers alike.
Subsequently, she has established high caliber private clients demanding customized pieces to match specific clothing designs. Recently, she was featured in an international magazine since she created a piece for musician Machel Montano.
Catherina has also designed pieces for Claudia Pegus' 2004-2005 clothing collection. In 2004, she designed exclusively for Henri Bendel NYC.
Currently, she continues to sell wholesale to boutiques in NYC, Orange County, Traverse City, Columbus, and Trinidad/Tobago. In addition to her innate sense of style and boundless creativity, Catherina brings a wide range of interests to her design abilities
Catherina has lived and worked in the United States (New York City, Los Angeles, Miami), The Netherlands, France, UK, Trinidad and Tobago, and now in Columbus, Ohio.
This close view of other cultures and people gives Catherina a diverse perspective on her own designs and a greater appreciation of other artists' abilities. Today, Catherina continues to be inspired by this experience as she brings her special touch to the creation of memorable jewelry which complements a women‘s beauty.
18 Karat Gold Vermeil
18 Karat Gold Vermeil is sterling silver dipped in 18 Karat Gold.