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  1. Photo Journal: Jules

    Recently, we visited our friend Jules (and Winnie - her dog!) in her beautiful new dance studio, Good Move, just a short walk away from our Bedford Ave. store! We dressed Jules up in #catbirdstacks and she showed us some of her moves - shimmering, glimmering, shining! 


    Shop the story:

    Snow Queen Necklace
    Mermaid's Treasure Charm
    Baby Cygnet Ring
    Dollhouse Locket
  2. Hotel Holiday

    Shop the Story:

    Diamond Kitten Mitten
    Dollhouse Heart Locket
    Sweet Nothing Ring
    1976 Bracelet

    Special thanks to our friends at Chantecaille for making our shoot extra beautiful!

  3. Q & A with Rony!

    Hi - it's Rony (the Founder of Catbird). This is the first time I've ever done an Ask Me Anything, and I'm so excited! We had a LOT of incoming questions on Instagram, so unfortunately I wasn't able to answer them all. But we will definitely do this again -- transparency is a top priority here at Catbird. So stay tuned, and without further ado - let's get to it!

    Q: Please tell us the story behind the name “Catbird?”

    A:  I was a graphic designer and wanted a name that looked good and could change with time. I got it from this beautiful Audubon poster and thought it was such a sweet name.

    Q: How many people work at Catbird?

    A: 140 right now – it’s extra because of the holidays!

    Q: Is it possible to work at Catbird? Need experience? How can we do it?

    A: Check out our careers page! Hot tip - at the bottom it says “If you are interested in interested in joining our team but don’t see a position listed that you are suited for please email us!”


    Q: How’d you fund early prospect designs? How’d you get into fine jewelry without training?

    Q: How do you balance your personal self with your public and professional image?

    A: My personal, public, and professional image are all one and the same. Despite the fact that I don’t really have to put myself up front much, I only have one image. Anything else sounds exhausting!

    Q: How the h*ck did you create this incredible company that I feel so much love for?

    A: Slowly!

    Q: What pieces do you wear every single day?


    QHow many piercings do you have?

    A: A humble five! 2 on my right ear (Petite Angel Stud and Snow Queen Hoop), 3 on my left (Snow Queen Hoop, Baby Pearl Hoop, Snow Queen Stud).

    Q: What advice do you have for someone wanting to quit their job and start their own business?

    A: Do your homework before quitting, consider working part-time while you’re starting. I started when I had a rent-stabilized apartment, no debt, no kids - I didn’t have much to lose. But I still worked part time when I started. Prepare for lots of hours and no money.

    Q: What would you tell 26 year old you at this point in your life?

    A: Relax. Trust yourself more.

    Q: Will you be expanding your ring sizes in the future to be more inclusive?


    Q: How do I get a job as a jewelry maker? 

    A: The basic things we look for in a bench test is soldering skills, prong setting skills and following specs. We also require good communication and listening skills, ability to take feedback well and a good interview. A strong portfolio is helpful. Laser skills are great but most people don’t have those coming in. And of course, a lot depends on our current studio needs!

    Q: What is your favorite book? Where do you get inspiration from?

    A: I don’t have a favorite book but I did just re-read Olive Kitteridge which is sublime. So is The Shipping News. Also, Anne of Green Gables is way up there. 

    Inspiration is everywhere! People on the street, songs, overheard snippets, dreams, thunderstorms, everywhere. 

    Q: Do you use consignment or wholesale approach for the jewelry you carry from others?  

    A: When I started I did almost everything on consignment (even stationery!) but now we buy at wholesale and only do consignment in a few rare cases where it works for the designer as well. 

    Q: How did you find Leigh? And how did you know she was the right fit for Catbird’s vision?

    A: I found her in my dreams! Kidding, but it almost feels that way. We met because I carried her beautiful stationery line in 2005. When I had my daughter, I needed people to work in the store and she was one of the people who answered my email. I wasn’t thinking much about the vision then - her role has evolved over 13 years as we’ve grown. I am so so SO happy that I get to work with her every day.  This is a photo of us from when Dore came to visit our studio!

    Q: How do you organize your jewelry collection? 

    A: Messily. 

    Thanks for reading! Want to learn more about our studio and brand? Follow this link!

  4. Wedding Annex Q&A

    We took a trip to our Wedding Annex recently with Saskia from our concierge team. She is the expert in ALL things wedding & engagement! With a little help from our Instagram followers, we worked through a small sampling of some of the questions you guys had. Let's get started!

    Q: How do you find your ring size?

    A: We highly recommend visiting a local jeweler in your area (if you aren't local to New York) to find the best ring size for you! We also have a Ring Sizing Guide on our website and we do sell a nifty little Ring Sizer. If you are in New York, swing by one of our locations and our staff will gladly size you!


    Q: Should the fit of a ring be tight or loose? Doesn’t finger size change with seasons?


    A: The fit is up to you :) Some people prefer their rings to fit  loose, while others prefer it to be more snug. I personally like my rings to fit loose as my fingers will swell so much in the summer. It’s best to find a happy medium, something that is only a little tight in the summer and only a little loose in the winter. (Tip: You can always add a simple stacking ring on top to hold your ring in place in the winter - if needed!)

    Q: What karat gold would you recommend for an engagement / wedding ring?


    A: Normally for Wedding & Engagement rings we recommend either 14k gold or 18k gold. Most of our styles are available in both of these karats. We do offer bands in 22k gold, though this karat is a bit too soft for stones, so we do not recommend 22k for engagement rings.

    Q: What is the largest size diamond you carry?


    A: We carry a wide range of carat sizes starting at  .1 ct and the largest stones clocking in around 1ct. (including Juno the Swan & the Knife Edge Ring by Erstwhile)

    Q: What's the difference between Anna & Odette the Swan?


    A: The main difference is that Anna the Swan has a brilliant cut center stone and Odette has a rose cut center stone!  Rose cut diamonds have a flat bottom and all of the facets are cut on the top of the stone, making for a softer sparkle. And brilliant cut diamonds are a traditional diamond shape, and have a lot more facets on the inside allowing the light to bounce around so it appears brighter & whiter!

    Q: How do thin bands fare as an everyday ring? What's the wear and tear like?


    A: Thin bands can absolutely last a lifetime if cared for properly. Gold is a relatively soft metal that will want to mold to the shape of your finger over time. But that is perfectly normal! We generally recommend removing your jewelry if you are going to be going to be doing something that might be hard on your hands like moving furniture or lifting weights or gardening for example.

    Q: Do you have engagement rings without stones?


    A: Yes of course! There are no rules. We have many wonderful rings without stones. See a few of our favorites here. Click the photos to shop!

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    Q: How are customers choosing their rings while keeping the surprise of a proposal?


    A:When shopping for an engagement ring people usually take into account the other person's style, maybe take a look at their pinterest boards or their Instagram for ideas. You can usually get some hints from the jewelry they already wear too, like do they more yellow gold or rose gold. Also, talking to their close friend or family member helps because they may have spoken with them about what kind of ring they would like.

    Q: Are your diamonds GIA graded?


    A: All of our brilliant cut Swans come with a GIA certificate. (They are also all recycled diamonds! Learn more about our recycled diamond program here.) Some other center diamonds can be certified as well. Diamonds in rings by other designers can also sometimes be certified. If you have questions about a specific ring, contact us - we can find out!

    Q: What alloy is your white gold / are they plated?


    A: Our white gold is not rhodium plated, as we prefer the natural color of white gold to shine through so it’s a little bit more yellow. Our white gold alloy contains pure gold, usually some zinc, copper, silver, and trace amounts of nickel. Some of the designers we carry do plate their white gold, so if you have a question about a specific piece please contact us! :)





    Q: What is the best engagement ring metal for someone with a nickel allergy?


    A: Generally we recommend platinum because it is a hypoallergenic metal. Gold can have trace elements of nickel or other metals that might cause allergies as it is an alloy of various metals. Many of the wedding an engagement styles we carry can be ordered in platinum - here are some of our favorites.  Click the photos to shop!  ➡️ ➡️

    Q: Are emeralds a bad choice for a swimmer? 

    A: Emeralds are a bit sensitive, so we highly recommend removing them before going swimming or taking a shower, doing dishes, applying lotions / creams, spraying hairspray etc. Prevention is ALWAYS the best jewelry care! Do you have questions about jewelry care for a different stone? Check out our Jewelry Care Guide or reach out to our concierge team!

    Q: Ring insurance. Do people buy it? Is it worth it?


    A: People do! We think it is. You never know what might happen. We offer appraisals for insurance companies for all rings purchased with us - if you are interested in getting an appraisal please email us!


    Q: How do I keep my diamonds sparkly and clean forever?


    A: We have a pretty amazing jewelry care guide on our website (see it here)! If you are local, you can also stop by one of our locations and we would be happy to do a quick cleaning for you, you can also visit a local jeweler. If you want a deep clean at home, we would suggest looking into investing in an at-home ultra-sonic machine. We also sell a Sparkle & Shine Kit for quick clean ups. So many ways to sparkle!


    Q: Best way to choose a wedding ring to pair with my Catbird engagement ring (not in NYC)?


    A: Contact our concierge team!! We are so happy to help and send lots and lots of photos of different pairings :)

  5. Photo Journal: Shania

    Shining, Shimmering, Going Places!

    A different kind of commute. Still quite gritty but with a little more glimmer. We met Shania at the Sweetgreen in Williamsburg around the corner from our store, and we asked her if she would like to take a ride on the G train with us.

    Shop the story!

    Baby Pearl Hoop
    Papillon Charm
    1976 Choker
    Kitten Mitten
    Snow Queen Hoops
    Peaceful Girl with Fist Charm
  6. Catbird ❤️ Food Bank For New York City

    The entire month of September we will be donating 25% of all food charm sales to Food Bank for New York City.

    This collective contribution provides warm meals and pantry distribution support for over 1.5 million people across our five boroughs.

  7. otherworldly roses

    otherworldly roses

    Very interested in being a tiny gold ant spilling in and over these monstrously lush petals, bathing in their rosewater - you too? oh good, let's.

    xo Leigh

    roses by Nick Knight

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  8. WHAT-eau? Watteau!

    WHAT-eau? Watteau!
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  9. Catbird Spotlight: Saskia

    Catbird Spotlight: Saskia

    Saskia has been a member of Catbird's concierge team for nearly 4 years. Maybe you have spoken to her on the phone or emailed with her before!  She's never without a big smile and has the most contagious laugh.


    Hometown: New York City

    Can you tell us a bit about what you do? I specialize in our Wedding and Engagement collection :) I help people navigate the sometimes tricky task of finding that perfect engagement ring for their loved one or that perfect wedding band (or wedding stack!) to pair with their own ring. The funnest part of my job is taking photos of different ring pairings for people!

    How many rings do you wear daily? Usually something around 15.

    Jewels that are on your wishlist? O man, all of the rings! The Snow Queen Ring (I've been dreaming of this one for years!), the Aika Ring, the Marrakech Band and the Nora Ring are a few that are on my wish list

    Favorite thing about New York? The diversity of cultures and personalities, and the food :)

    Favorite Brooklyn spot? Prospect Park, especially the lake! It's so amazing to be able to escape into nature every once in a while. 


    Favorite ritual? I recently discovered how insanely amazing facial massages are! A quick 5 minute massage in the morning really wakes me up and also really helps with my sinuses when my allergies are bothering me :) I also apparently hold a ton of tension in my jaw and neck so a little massage every morning feels so amazing!

    Drink of choice? Bubble tea, this tea cocktail from a bar that closed down but I have the recipe :), or a Mezcal Old Fashioned

  10. A weekend, an always of La Dolce Vita

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    This weekend we're eating mini cannolis and walking around the neighborhood, buoyed by a very close read of The Remnants of La Dolce Vita in Brooklyn’s Italian Williamsburg. Pictured above, local cannolis eaten in the very intensive R&D for our own Holy Cannoli

    xo Leigh

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