Britannica Online defines art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects,environments, or experiences that can be shared with others. It is safe to say, therefore, that the creations of Catherine Michiels qualify as art, which engages the mind, body and spirit in a thoughtful and persuasive manner. It is noteworthy that her sculpted jewelry has attracted a following drawn to the aesthetics and philosophy they represent. A Reiki master, Catherine imbues her creations with a spiritual connotation that transcends jewelry and art.
Catherine learned jewelry making at the Arts & Mtiers Institute in Brussels. She studied gemology and diamond grading at the prestigious High Council for Diamonds in Antwerp. However, her start in creating jewelry came much earlier. In the summer of 1973, I spent time with my Grandmother buying costume jewelry from the traveling salesmen for her boutique on the boardwalk in the North Coast of Belgium. I had just started to make enamel pendants when a client saw them and placed an order for 100 pieces. My jewelry career had begun.
After working in the magazine business for Marie Claire and Elle, and publishing her own bimonthly Moderne, Catherine returned to the world of jewelry and launched a line that has earned acclaim and helped spread her vision of spiritual and social responsibility around the world. And then, there is the matter of India.
It would be impossible to speak of Catherine Michiels without mention of India. I was there right after the Tsunami. I dont think anyone can go to India without feeling a change within them, but I felt at home there. The culture, the artistry, the people and the way they confront hardship is inspiring. She collaborates with a Fair Trade workshop in Jaipur where street children learn the craft of jewelry making as a way of escaping poverty.
The pieces in the Recognition collection and her one-of-a-kind creations all serve as a symbol of aesthetic and spiritual awareness for a clientele that includes the elite of Hollywood.
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