I have lived on Bainbridge Island for over fifteen years, serving my community, county, the greater Seattle area, and several out of state customers with ease.
Being actively involved within this art trade for over 20 years, I attended the Gemological Institute of America and The NW Gemological Institute graduating Diamond Certified at the top of my class in 1994. I have enjoyed the recognition and privilege of receiving two local awards: Concept Design Award, 2001 and the Art of Jewelry Judges Award, 2008.
My designs currently reflect three distinct contemporary flavors: architectural, organic and a period-style with a contemporary twist. My process begins as I envision a design concept, which is then counter sketched, before commencing the actual wax carving process. Upon completion of the wax model, it is then staged with beautiful gemstones and diamonds before the customer's eyes. The model is typically strong enough to try on a finger or carefully slide on to a chain for final approval. Next, the piece is cast in the exclusive metal of choice, or combination of gold, platinum, silver or palladium, which is part of the platinum family of metals.
Creating luxurious fluidity in timeless pieces of fine jewelry is my passion. Each exclusive piece showcases hand selected and graded fine gemstones and non-conflict diamonds according to the moral and ethical guidelines set by the G.I.A. and A.G.T.A. (American Gem Trade Association). Secondly, designing new settings for old family gems allows me great pleasure creating a new look for the wearer, while celebrating of its history.
I engage every commission with a separate personal challenge to bring unexpected joy to my customer, and appreciate each prized opportunity.
Please enjoy my work, and revisit my website often as many of my pieces are 1/1 exclusive designs.
Connie Castellano, Fine Jewelry Designer
GIA/NGI Diamond Certified