After graduating from the Parsons School of Design in 1989, Karen Karch added a much-needed shot of adrenaline to the fine jewelry market with the debut of her first collection. Her street-inspired designs, which were both subversive and stunning, paved way for the phrase dangerous jewelry, and were immediately coveted by the worlds most prestigious stores, including Barneys New York, Barneys Japan and Fred Segal Los Angeles. This was only the beginning.In the ensuing years, Karen Karch has proved herself to be both a formidable designer and a savvy entrepreneur. In 1996, she opened her renowned store at 240 Mulberry Street in New York City, in what was then called Little Italy. The first jewelry designer to enter this unknown retail territory, Karen Karch opened the door for other fashion brands to populate the now trendy and highly successful neighborhood known as NoLIta.Karen Karchs jewelry continued to evolve as well. By drawing from a range of historical and artistic periods, such as Victorian, Gothic, Art Deco and Southwestern American Indian, and by choosing well-defined combinations of precious metals and stones, she cultivated a diverse and avant-garde following among both consumers and her peers.Re-Engaging the Engagement RingIn the late 1990s, Karen Karch revolutionized the design of engagement rings with the introduction of platinum and diamond engagement and wedding rings. Karen Karchs tiara rings have since become some of her most recognizable pieces and are favorites among brides-to-be. These elegant and heirloom-quality rings truly captivated the senses with their combination of bezel-set diamonds and weathered textured metal. In 2000, Karen Karch expanded her exclusive engagement ring selection with the addition of a claw-set solitaire diamond setting called Desire”, and in 2005 she created the worlds foremost collection of black diamond engagement and wedding rings.A Visionary DesignerFor a designer who finds inspiration in historical imagery, Karen Karch is always on the pulse of whats next as it relates to her very current consumer. In 2001, she decided to create a symbol for luck and courage, and chose her now-signature Lucky Horn. Ahead of the design curve, Karen Karch modernized the horn for fashion consumers by refining its shape and embellishing it with diamonds. Since she introduced her Lucky Horn pendant, it has become a ubiquitous design motif executed in a variety of carved stones, such as lapis lazuli and Canadian jade.Karen Karch 20062006 marks the launch of Karen Karchs new e-commerce website, and 2007 will see the redesign of her popular NoLIta store. To mark this phase of her journey, Karen Karch commissioned artist Marilyn Minter to create the photographic image campaign that will be integrated into both the website and the new store design. Karen Karchs inspirations are often derived from the idea of contradiction. Karen Karchs raw refined designs illustrate her mastery of juxtaposition and her ability to find beauty in the unconventional. Her designs explore the duality of the natural world by embracing imperfections and playing upon opposites: glamorous & gritty; luxurious & spare; dark & luminous; structured & organic.All Karen Karch designs are artfully engineered to accentuate its specific gemstone or metal Karen Karch architects each pieces setting to bring out the stones brilliance, which is also achieved by her unique combinations of gemstones and metals. Black diamonds are set in 18 karat rose gold to illuminate their brilliance. Colorless diamonds burn bright when set against platinums cool luster. And champagne and cognac diamonds truly glow when surrounded by 18 karat white gold.Its this attention to detail that separates Karen Karch from other fine jewelry designers. Shes both an innovator and an artist. Not afraid to break boundaries or defy convention, Karen Karch jewelry reflects an edgy elegance rarely seen today.Finally, every Karen Karch piece tells a story. Referencing both the past and the present (be it a historical, cultural or artistic period) results in timeless pieces or as we like to say, Karen Karchs modern heirlooms. There are no rules when it comes to personal style. A Karen Karch jewel can always stand on its own, but each piece can be combined, layered, and stacked to allow you an endless array of looks to suit different moods and occasions. Combine the pieces you love to make your own statement.Karen Karch likes necklaces to have that effortless, just-thrown-on look. Its sexy to pair a choker with a long pendant and a dramatic long strand of gold beads tied in a knot. Layer a mix of Karen Karch bangle bracelets in different colors of gold on top of a platinum and diamond bracelet. One of our bold rings can make a statement, and building a collection of our stackable bands mixing metals, textures, shapes, and stones adds versatility to your style. Simply adding a new piece in a contrasting metal can completely change your look.
240 Mulberry Street betw. spring and prince
New York, NY US