Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Goldstone Filigree Ring - Dear Catju

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Dear Catju,

How do you feel about cocktail rings?  I’ve seen in magazines lately that cocktail rings are the “big” thing today.  I’m not sure how I should wear them or when I should wear them?  HELP ME?!

Alexandria, VA


Hi Judy!

How do I feel about cocktail rings?  I LOVE THEM, when they’re worn right of course!  Cocktail rings are a big “WOW” statement to your outfit and can really make or break the entire look.  The big things to stay away from are the “cheap” looking cocktail rings -- this would be a ring that is dyed plastic with plastic stones that fill the ring -- that’s too gaudy.  You’ll want to stick to glass or natural stones that show more of an effortless, but chic look.

Another thing that you’ll want to focus on with cocktail rings is to NOT over accessorize!  Don’t wear a cocktail ring and pair it with every bracelet that you own.  That’s too much!  Wear a bangle or thin bracelet on the opposite arm and the look will be balanced and beautiful.

At Catju Designs, we’ve got a special ring that matches EVERYTHING and goes along with the effortless, high-fashion look.  Our Blue and Gold Goldstone Ring Number 1 is such a cute ring that pairs vintage with modern. The gold-plated wiring gives the ring an extra POP! That draws the eye to the calm and serene stone.

So what’s my final recommendation for cocktail rings? If they’re high fashion with special details, they’re totally wonderful!  Wear them, wear them, wear them!

Lots of style love!

Baltimore Ravens Jewelry Mania

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Originally posted January 17, 2012:  

WOW!  Did anyone see that game this past weekend?  The Ravens WON!  Let’s go Baltimore!

In honor of our favorite purple team, Catju Designs has created some special items that you can wear to support them all day long!  These pieces easily carry from day to night because they are both professional and festive.

The Baltimore Ravens Bracelet is made of high-quality black and purple Chinese Crystals that glimmer and shine. Ceramic football beads add to the festiveness as well as the gold plated spacer beads that complete the look with all of the Ravens’ colors. How do we finish this off?  With an NFL licensed Ravens charm.  This piece is so beautiful, so sporty and says “I’m a Ravens Fan!”

The Baltimore Ravens Earrings are the perfect piece to compliment the bracelet or to wear simply by themselves.  This piece is also great to carry from day to night on a fun Friday (like this one!)  before the Ravens play.  Two NFL licensed Ravens charms are paired with black and purple Swarovski crystals and gold spacers to complete the piece.  These fun dangly earrings are the perfect accessory to wear with any of your Ravens gear.

Hurry!  These rare pieces are moving VERY FAST and you’ll want to grab them before game time this Sunday!  Head over to my Etsy shop and score.



Monday, January 30, 2012

Pearl and Swarovski Necklace Set - Dear Catju

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Dear Catju,
I’m a classic kind of chick.  I don’t really like new trends and like to stick to ageless and timeless styles and pieces. I really don’t like anything crazy or flashy.  The reason I’m writing this to you is because I have such a hard time at finding jewelry that makes a statement, but still sticks to my roots.  If this helps any, my fashion idol is Coco Chanel and I like to stick to her style, clean, sophisticated and elegant. Can you please help?

Westminster, MD


I would ABSOLUTELY love to help you with this!  Coco Chanel is the foundation for our fashion industry and the soul of each thread, bead and garment that walks the runways today!  She transformed our world into something chic and we are all ever-so-thankful!

Your style sounds AMAZING!  Classic and elegant is definitely a fabulous way to go and a lot of times is unappreciated by some of the fashion world.  With that being said, you’d want to stick to more of a neutral palette.  Now, neutral in the fashion world can mean a lot of different things—right?  Well in a round-about sense, it means just sticking to a core color set that can go with anything;  blacks, whites, grays, beiges.  When you feel a pop of color is needed, you can accent it with a cute headband or bangle to not be too flashy.  For an everyday classic piece, I’d recommend something like our Black, White and Gray Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Necklace and Earring Set.

This is a piece that falls into that “classic” realm that will forever be in your jewelry box.  The hues of pearls from black to white allow for it to be worn with various pieces; the little black dress, the Monday-morning suit and or the casual Friday outfit.  The toggle clasp finishes of this piece with that elegant touch that you were looking for, making it effortless, but classically chic. 

The earrings are great because you can wear them with anything as well, even in you’re NOT wearing the necklace!  This would really help to dress up the everyday wear with little effort and can be worn on all occasions!

I personally love this set because of the color palette that is associated with it.  I have a tendency to hold on to all of my classic pieces (like you do I’m sure) because they contain memories -- when I wear something that I wore ten years ago, it reminds me of all of the good times that I had -- and wearing that piece is something that is really close to my heart.

I hope this set will bring lots of joy, happiness and classic fabulousness!


Introducing Our "Dear Catju" Blog

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Black Gold Amazonite and Swaroski Pacific Opal Necklace and Earring set

Hi Everyone!

As we mentioned in our Happy New Year 2012 blog post, Catju Designs will be evolving this year to really connect with all of our friends and most valued customers.

With that being said, I’d like to introduce our new “Dear Catju” blog.  Catju is the newest addition to our styling team. She LOVES jewelry and LOVES fashion, and not to mention, has quite the “eye” for new trends in this ever-changing industry!

Catju is here to help with styling advice and DEFINITELY wants to hear from you!  Please e-mail her at dearcatju@catjudesigns.com with jewelry or styling questions.

And, if you’re already a Catju VIP insider, you’ll be getting weekly updates from Catju Designs on style and trends, not to mention, her absolute LOVE of jewelry, just like me!

Welcome to Team Catju!

To see the Black Gold Amazonite and Pacific Opal Swarovsk Crystal Necklace and Earring Set - click here

Russian Spiral Necklace in Green, Brown and Ivory

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Hi Everyone!

Wow! What a warm weekend this was, which really makes me think of the yellows and greens that we’ll be seeing in the spring time!  I am inspired to get started on some pieces that everyone would look fabulous wearing as we move into the warmer weather.  Take a look!  

I really can’t wait for warm summer weekends with my family and especially summer vacation!

This Russian Spiral Necklace (click here) had me dreaming of a cookout with the family in my favorite summer dress.   

I created this Mookanite and Light Colorado Topaz Swarovski Crystal (click here) necklace and earring set with the setting sun as my inspiration.  I can’t wait for warm summer nights and enjoying evening dinners with my family! 

Sending everyone warm winter (and soon to be summer) wishes.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Become a Catju Designs VIP Insider!

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Swarovski Crystal Hoop Earrings
Hi Everyone!

I value each and every one of you more then you will EVER know!  You are the foundation for my passion of jewelry making and inspire me to continue to create new and one-of-a-kind designs for you.

With that being said, this year I’m proud to launch the Catju Designs Very Important Person (VIP) Insider Program. By signing up, you’ll be the first to see release of new items, hear about upcoming events and be invited to private sales!

Fill out the following form on the Newsletter tab to become a Catju VIP Insider today!  It is completely free and a way that I can connect with you, even in the busiest weeks of the year!

Use this link to sign up soon and look out for our newsletter!

Catju Designs VIP Insider 


A Very Happy New Year from Catju Designs

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I just want to take the time to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!  I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and are now ready to kick off 2012.  I am hoping the coming year will bring great successes and happiness for everyone.

As we move into this year, Catju Designs will be evolving as well.  Look in the coming months for some great new additions that will help us to really connect with you!  We want to ensure that our one-of-a-kind creations are everything you hope for and really want to get your input.  Check back soon for how to sign up to learn about upcoming events, rare pieces and sales.

Welcome 2012!

Click here to check out the custom order birthstone and anniversary necklaces in my Etsy store, pictured above.