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By Land and Sea

BY Kathryn Drury Wagner | April 17, 2017 | Feature Features National

Designer Catherine Weitzman captures the elegance of Hawai‘i's natural world, transforming it into must-have jewelry.
Catherine Weitzman finds some shade at Mickey Hargitay Plants during a recent visit to Los Angeles.

Catherine Weitzman’s jewelry evokes the feel of a stroll along an enchanted coast. There’s a tiny silver octopus here, a branch of glittery coral there. A nautilus shell curls around a ring finger. The New York-raised Weitzman has lived in the islands since 2004, and the undersea world and botanicals of the Pacific have unmistakably influenced her aesthetic. Weitzman originally studied jewelry-making and classical metalsmithing in Florence, Italy, then traveled the world, living in Thailand and Cambodia, before launching her line with her husband and co-creator. (He’s the aptly named Scott Diamond.) These days, Catherine Weitzman Jewelry can be found at Hawai‘i retailers such as Oasis Lifestyle at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and at major outlets such as Anthropologie. Weitzman produces the originals and samples, and the jewelry is then handcrafted by a team of seven in her studio space in Kalihi. “I’m really proud that we’re still making jewelry in Hawai‘i,” says Weitzman. Her timeless, layerable pieces often feature her favorite gemstones: topaz, sapphires and labradorite. Metals include responsibly sourced gold vermeil and recycled silver. “It’s crazy not to use it,” Weitzman says of the silver. Her jewelry has won over celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston and Susan Sarandon. For summer, Weitzman has unveiled some new larger-scale orchid designs, and a Cosmic Egg series, based on the symbol of creation central to many cultures. There’s a Cosmic Egg locket, for example, which pops open so you can stash your own treasures. As so often with her work, it connects nature motifs with a human experience. As she says, “I love that we make jewelry that is part of a story.”

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