Martin Katz

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

BACK­GROUND

Martin Katz started selling jew­ellery as a stu­dent while at­tend­ing In­di­ana Univer­sity in the US. Af­ter he grad­u­ated, he moved to Los An­ge­les to work for an up­scale jew­ellery sa­lon in Bev­erly Hills. Dur­ing his stint there, he de­vel­oped his knowl­edge and love for vintage jew­ellery and rare gem­stones. He founded his epony­mous la­bel in 1988.

DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURE

Katz’s pas­sion for vintage pieces earned him a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing mod­ern, cou­ture-qual­ity jew­ellery pieces that have an “old soul.” Each piece, made with metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail, is one of a kind or lim­ited in pro­duc­tion, and is signed and num­bered. Through the years, Katz has be­come a red­car­pet favourite, worn by A-list celebri­ties like San­dra Bul­lock, Bar­bra Streisand, An­gelina Jolie and Jen­nifer Anis­ton. Jes­sica Biel wore a pair of Martin Katz ear­rings at her wed­ding to Justin Tim­ber­lake. To­day, Martin Katz pieces are sold at his Bev­erly Hills bou­tique and Bergdorf Good­man in New York.

ARTIS­TIC EN­DEAV­OURS

The de­signer’s body of work is not lim­ited to jew­ellery. He cre­ated a US$5 mil­lion diamond bra for Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret in 2009, jew­elled sun­glasses for Ray­Ban, jew­elled mo­bile phone cases for Mo­torola, a US$1 mil­lion per­fume bot­tle for Donna Karan, and, most re­cently, a Us$25,000-a-night” suite at the New York Palace ho­tel.

OLD-WORLD CHARM

From top: Pink spinel, pearl and diamond pin in an­tiqued ti­ta­nium; 8-carat opal ring with di­a­monds, tsa­vorites and amethysts; Paraiba tour­ma­line disco ball ear­rings in plat­inum, all by Martin Katz

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