Connie Castellano

contemporary, architectural, organic, of the period

A Personal Connection with Jewelry Designer, Connie Castellano

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 with 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: the 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, the piece is 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 onto a chain for final approval. Next, the piece is cast in the exclusive metal of choice, or in a combination of gold, platinum, silver or palladium (a 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). Designing new settings for old family gems also allows me great pleasure in creating a new look for the wearer, while celebrating the history of the stones. I engage every commission with a distinct personal challenge to bring unexpected joy to my customer, and I 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

“When it comes to wearables, there is nothing more invigorating than the captured sensuality of fine custom jewelry against your skin.” -C.F., Seattle, WA, customer since 1998

“Connie Castellano’s custom-made jewelry is incomparable! Over the decades, she’s taken our ideas, added her vision and design talent to create some truly amazing jewelry pieces. I receive so many compliments.” Joy and Bruce Mazelli.

One rainy day as a girl, Castellano opened her mother’s jewelry box and looked inside. What she saw was a sparkle of color and the scent of her mother’s perfume. Connie blinked, and thus her passion for jewelry had begun. 

“The first time I saw Castellano’s jewelry, I had, what do you call it in English? Un coup de foudre.” (love at first sight) P.H.

Residing on Bainbridge Island, Connie Castellano’s work is highly regarded by clients in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.

“Connie’s an impeccable jewelry artist. Her taste encompasses both traditional and cutting- edge style…she’s a lady of integrity… generously supports the nonprofit community.”

Karen Conoley

Castellano attended classes through the Gemological Institute of America and The Northwest Gemological Institute, graduating Diamond certified at the top of her class in 1994.

“Totally trustworthy. A joy to work with.” K.B

In 2001 she received the prestigious Concept Design Award and, in 2008, the esteemed Art of Jewelry Judges Award for her work. 

“Castellano’s is more than a jewelry store. It’s where heart creates beauty.” B.L

Castellano says, “It’s essential to sit down with a client and listen to what they envision. This requires looking and seeing. But more importantly, taking the time to feel the essence and the soul of their request.

Next, I make a detailed pencil sketch. Once approved, I make the wax model, with gemstones in place. Wax models are usually strong enough to try on a finger or carefully slide onto a chain for final approval. Once achieved, it’s time to cast the piece in the metal of choice: gold, platinum, silver, or palladium.” (a part of the metals’ platinum family.)

“… there is nothing more invigorating than the captured sensuality of fine custom jewelry against my skin”. D.E

Castellano works exclusively with hand-picked and graded gemstones. She adheres to the moral and ethical guidelines of G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America) along with the A.G.T.A. (American Gem Trade Association)

“…Connie reconstructed a piece my beloved mother-in-law gave me into three rings. My daughters and I now carry her memory with us always.” CH

When working on new designs from old jewelry, I am aware of the sentimental attachments. I aim to create a new look while honoring the stones’ memory and history. 

“For 20 plus years, Connie has worked with us in creating some special pieces. They mean a lot to us. We are grateful to have such a professional resource here on Bainbridge Island.”

Sandy & Larry Nakata

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). Designing new settings for old family gems also allows me great pleasure in creating a new look for the wearer, while celebrating the history of the stones. I engage every commission with a distinct personal challenge to bring unexpected joy to my customer, and I appreciate each prized opportunity.

I personally invite you to visit my retail store location on Bainbridge Island, Washington. I encourage you to revisit my website often as many of my pieces are 1/1 exclusive designs.

Connie Castellano, Fine Jewelry Designer , GIA/NGI Diamond Certified 1994, Member of the Jewelers Board of Trade

Castellano Fine Jewelry 
270 Madison Avenue South
Bainbridge Island,Wa 98110

Hours:
Tuesday 10:00-5:30
Wednesday 10:00-5:30
Thursday 10:30-5:30
Friday 10:00-5:30
Saturday 10:00-5:30

Reinvent for new facination

Many of us have family mementos, hallmark pieces from our past, beloved old jewelry pieces marking places in time.   Trends have marginalized a calling of  transformation, crafting our old treasures into new designs suited to our individual taste and style.

The invention of the art is created steep in story by Connie’s listening ear, every memory and detail gathered from each customer.

The example shown here includes a diamond assortment and gold nuggets from original old wedding rings. Bestowed to my care the art unfolded into a reinvented precious memory.  

The inspiration of the current design is an enhanced modification on a previous Castellano ring.  It was imperative to the customer that all elements of the family jewelry were included in the new ring. Proportional math and elevation were carefully scaled to include this abundance.   Now complete, this new precious memory comes to fruition as the adored fore finger ring. 

Why not collect your dormant treasures and give Connie a call?  A personalized experience from your trusted community jeweler serving Bainbridge Island since 1998.

Color change Blue/Purple sapphire ring:
 
2.64ct natural color change Umba sapphire flanked with F/VS rare white diamonds and pear shape purple sapphires from Madagascar.  The artful work in this ring resonates with the romance of Italy.
$5600.00