Catherine is a native of Paris, France, the city which inspires her jewelry collection to this day. Catherine was wandering the historical Marias area of Paris, when she discovered the heart and soul of French jewelry making. These original workshops, many over 200 years old, still possess the original molds, stampings, tools and dies designed by artisans of Frances golden era, Le Bella Epoch, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Her collection today is still rendered from these actual molds and stampings. With her vivid imagination and the City of lights as her inspiration, Catherine has been instrumental in bringing these historical designs from the dusty basements of Paris to the light of the modern world.
Catherine went on to build a workshop in a vineyard in the heart of the Loire Valley, France, where she trained her own team of highly skilled artisans to continue the art of French jewelry making. Catherine travels the world sampling new cultures and incorporating the essences of these far off lands into her own work. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California where her studio, La Vie Parisienne (circa 1979) brings together all the elements to hand make each piece for her unique collection.
A visionary, Catherine’s artistic and creative sensibilities have taken her into numerous creative fields beyond jewelry. An avid painter, she has exhibited in Paris and Los Angeles. The same magic and imagination evident in her jewelry is echoed in her paintings, which feature vibrant colors, mythical creatures and draw heavy inspiration from the musings and philosophies of her inner world.
Deeply committed to theater in both Europe and America, Catherine was involved with the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical production of Jane Eyre in 2001. In 2002, she translated it into English, adapted and presented the American premier of the musical La Vie on Bleu at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. Previous versions of this play about the life and loves of Pablo Picasso were produced by Prince Rainier of Monaco and the acclaimed French director Robert Hossein.
Catherine is a true citizen of the world.