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  1. Catbird Spotlight - Leith Clark

    Our friend and collaborator Leith Clark makes dreamscapes out of lots of work. We've asked her to share some of what she's been watching and thinking about this holiday season, so we can share them with you, our friends and collaborators. She also sent a list of her London and New York favorites - we'll send those along once London is back from lockdown. Until then, enjoy all of these, which can be enjoyed from wherever you are!

    taken at the Ritz Paris, November 2020


    Mix old with new and high with low. And be sure to find, make or buy a beautiful home for it all

    Wear with silk pyjamas or barefoot in dresses. Lately, I live in black Pierrot pyjamas from Sleeper.

  2. Meet the Team!

    Greetings from our jewelry experts! Our Catbird mavens who can deftly whip up the perfect stack (no matter the budget), find the perfect gift (no matter the budget), and generally make sure you walk away from your virtual styling session with a smile (no budget needed!) 

    How would you describe your style?

    It ranges from casual / fun to extravagant depending on my mood!

    Your jewelry uniform:

    Always earrings! I almost never take mine off but will change them up every once in a while. Also my welded bracelets and my Pas de Deux Ring.

    Favorite pairing:

    So many options to choose from! My current favorite ring pairing is my Pas De Deux Ring with the Beacen Ring, Mother of Pearl nestled on top.

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Snow Queen Ring in yellow gold

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    I love adding charms to my earring stacks. You can add a charm to the (small) Hoop Dream Earring so easily! I love putting the Mermaid's Treasure Charm, the Gentle Spider Charm, or the Met Button Souvenir Charm on mine.

    How would you describe your style?

    Colorful & out there - a mix of Catbird and vintage pieces

    Your jewelry uniform:

    So. many. stacking rings. Top knuckle rings are a must!

    Favorite pairing:

    Grand Mignon Ring with anything: Twisted Stacker, Threadbare, and Classic Hammered

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Diamond Kitten Mitten

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    Fasten your necklaces a couple of inches in between when you layer them, like the 1976 Choker, then the Greco Lariat, then a longer one like the Adjustable Sweet Nothing Chain. This can help with tangling! 

    How would you describe your style?

    My style is colorful and fun, I like really classic yellow gold jewelry because it looks so good with all the bright colors in my wardrobe.

    Your jewelry uniform:

    My welded bracelets (1976 and Sweet Nothing) , my 1976 Chain, my Still Life stack (see below!) and my Tomboy thumb ring. Also I always wear my small Hoop Dream earrings with little YG chams :) 

    Favorite pairing:

    Twisted Stacker, Still Life Ruby Ring, Twisted Stacker, and Threadbare in that order :) 

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Beacon Ring Salt and Pepper by Laurie Fleming, Painters Blue Ring by Jennie Kwon, and the Met Button Charm

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    When my fingers get a little swollen in summer or in general, I put my Classic Hammered and Mignon Memory knuckle rings on my 1976 Chain as a cute charm :)  

    How would you describe your style?

    Colorful and fun but always comfortable!

    Your jewelry uniform:

    Lots of stacking rings and top knuckles, Diamond Kitten Mitten, Greco Lariat Earring, gold Ear Cuff, a tangle of welded bracelets...the more sparkle the better :)

    Favorite pairing:

    Pearl Buffet Ring with a Twisted Stacker, Baby Cygnet on top of another Twisted Stacker and Grand Mignon Candy Flower Choker with a Sweet Nothing and 1976 Choker.

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Celestial Rose Earring & a Diamond Baguette Hoop

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    I like to thread my Greco Lariat earring through a piercing that already has a stud in for an unexpected, fun look! My mentality is the more the better, I love mixing textures, lengths and materials to create the perfect jumbled, sparkly look depending on my mood and outfit!

    How would you describe your style?

    70s influenced! Love to mix my mom's vintage pieces with my Catbird collection

    Your jewelry uniform:

    My Sweet Nothing Choker and 1976 Choker never come off. Along with 3 Yellow Gold Threadbare Rings + my Famous Letter Ring with "Boone" engraved for my pup :)

    Favorite pairing:

    Dewdrop Ring paired with 2 Classic Hammered Rings and a Twisted Stacker

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Yellow Gold Diamond Pinprick Necklace

    How would you describe your style?

    Classic and a little edgy!

    Your jewelry uniform:

    Lots of stacking rings, my 5 gold bracelets (two on one wrist, three on the other), a 1976 Chain and a flurry of earrings.

    Favorite pairing:

    1976, Sweet Nothing and Tiny Corsage bracelets all together on one wrist - makes the most beautiful mess.

    At the top of your wishlist:

    The Caravaggio necklace and ring, both in ruby. Also, a Little Lift Diamond Stacking Ring to fit in between a stack of Threadbares!

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    Put two earrings in a single piercing hole (if there's space for it!) This works best when pairing a stud with some kind of threader earring.

    How would you describe your style?

    Neutral colors with cute accessories

    Your jewelry uniform:

    Sweet Nothing Choker, Bracelet, and Anklet, I love a sweet nothing!

    Favorite pairing:

    Greco Lariat with a 1976 Choker

    At the top of your wishlist:

    Diamond Baguette Hoops 

    Any styling tips or tricks?

    Don’t be afraid of mixing metals!

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  3. Designer Spotlight: Bittersweets NY

    Bittersweets comes from the hands and heart of one of the nicest, kindest people we know. To be in Robin's orbit is a gift. Her work is full of love and loss, darkness and light. She's honed her craft over many years, beginning as an assistant at a foundry that made Louise Bourgeois spiders. For as long as there's been Catbird, we've sold Bittersweets — we are inextricably linked, bound together by her 10 foot pearl necklace and the countless Famous Letter Rings that Robin and her equally wonderful team have stamped by hand over the years (hundreds of thousands of teeny tiny letters, to form words and love messages!); first in her tin-ceilinged Williamsburg shop and studio, and now perched on a green hill on Staten Island where I (hi this is Leigh) drove regularly during quarantine to pick up rings that Robin and shuttled them back over the Verrazano to send out across the country to you kittens. 

    Thank you, Robin, for all the happiness your work has brought to so many, and for letting us be a conduit, channeling Bittersweets out into the world. 
  4. Beauty Spotlight: The Best Kind Q+A

    We are so happy to introduce The Best Kind - a skincare line developed by John-Charles Baucom! John-Charles created The Best Kind with the mission of making luxury, quality self care products accessible. (And fun fact! He got his wife's wedding ring from our Wedding Annex!) See our full Q&A with John-Charles below, and shop The Best Kind’s body, hair, face, and lip butters right here!

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  5. Hi! It's us!

    While our stores remain closed, Steph and Jess have been pinch hitting across departments - answering DMs, filling orders, being their amazing selves. Here they are, with all the joie de vivre they bring to our little shops! 

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  6. A Quick Drawing Session with Regina Yazdi (The Artist Behind Our Swans!)

    Our dear friend and artist, Regina Yazdi who created our iconic swans (you'll find them everywhere - on our tote bags, on our postcards, on our tissue paper, we love them so!) was kind enough to film a quick swan tutorial for all of us! Join us in drawing along - and send us your swans (DM us, email us, text us!) we'd love to see your work :)

  7. Leigh's Reading List

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  8. Catbird Classics Spotlight - Threadbare


    Our Threadbare Ring is deceptively simple. We have honed and perfected them over years and years! We are especially proud of the $44 price tag, which is especially significant as they are made with solid gold... 14k yellow & rose gold, to be exact.


    Threadbares are made one-by-one by #catbirdjewelers in our Brooklyn jewelry studio. We actually filmed the entire process for you - check it out here! And find out more about our Brooklyn studio here.

    Now -- let's take a look at how we are stacking them!

    Hannah ( @freshpesche ) wears a single Threadbare on her finger.

    Lindsay ( @lindsay_may ) wears Threadbares paired with other stacking rings. On her thumb she pairs a Threadbare with a Twisted Stacker Ring, and with a Famous Letter Ring on her ring finger.

    Stephanie ( @stephvlzqz ) wears a Threadbare sandwich! Two yellow gold Threadbares with a Classic Hammered Ring in the center.

    Zoe ( @zoerisherphotography ) wears a big stack of Threadbares - five, to be exact- on her ring finger! Topped off with a Dewdrop Ring.

  9. Designer Q & A : Anthony Lent

    Anthony Lent is a master jeweler with 50 years of experience at the jeweler’s bench. From studying the grand traditions of goldsmithing in Europe, to serving as head of the jewelry department at FIT (where he taught many of our own in-house jewelers), Tony’s surreal, figural work brings a sense of play and humor to our Catbird world. Get a closer look at his designs by visiting our Wedding Annex or Bedford Ave locations! Not in New York? Our concierge team is happy to help with extra photos galore!


    What does jewelry mean to you?


    Simply put, jewelry is my blank page to play, spin, and weave visions and tales.


    Where do you look for inspiration for your designs?


    Inspiration can be found everywhere! Everywhere from the history of art to the squirrels on the trees outside of my window, Today the vein structure of some dried leaves on my table is driving me to make some gold critters on a leaf.




    Who is the Man in the Moon?


    Science has answered that as best they can for now. For me he is the doorway to dreams and fantasy of another time and place. I like to refer to my particular iteration as The Moon of The Collective Unconscious because although he is an original sculpture, the face is something we have all seen before and just seems to fit.


    What originally sparked your interest in goldsmithing?


    I was a sculpture student at Philadelphia College of Art when I discovered the drawings and designs of Albrecht Duerer. The other renaissance jewelers and their metal work attracted me to the world of classical goldsmithing.


    What was your favorite thing about teaching?


    Retirement! I do miss the interactions with students. The legacy of my many years of teaching and seeing so many former students having success in the jewelry industry make me feel good.


    What is the symbolism of the hands in your jewelry? And are they modeling after something? Or someone?


    Hands are one of the  instruments that define us as human. The neolithic cave paintings in France have images of and using hands, the art of almost every culture has drawn painted, and sculpted hands in every form. My hands are sculpted from various models. One of the more interesting pieces is we have copied a little girls hands in an old analogue process, and reduced them for a tiny hands earring design.


    The hands in your work are often wearing jewelry -- do you wear jewelry?

    No I do not.



    The texture of the scales of the Gold Ouroboros Snake Ring is incredibly detailed! How did you create this when you were modeling the ring?


    The scales on my serpents and snakes are an act of insane demand for surface detail, and frankly a compulsion; I can not stop carving them once I start! I say I will not do that again but I fall into the abyss of carving scales under a microscope far too often. The detail is achieved by not just carving into the wax but actually making process molds where I can refine a silver model and engrave the sharper details with much more precision. The unique look on my snakes is a result of that process.




    What is one of your favorite pieces to make?


    One of my all time favorite pieces is the One Hand Band. I love this piece because it is so hard to use a hands motif in jewelry that has not been seen before. I feel that this is one of the most unique uses of that motif.

    What do you hope customers feel when they look at and wear your pieces?


    I hope they smile and say hello to a long relationship with the pieces and become life long collectors. I hope they see my jewelry as not just an accessory but also a work of art worthy of becoming an heirloom.



  10. Photo Journal: Brian

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