Charles Krypell

It’s not surprising that Charles Krypell was a sculptor before he became an internationally renowned jewelry designer. Looking at his exquisite, perfectly balanced jewelry, it’s clear that one artistic craft flows seamlessly into the other. A native New Yorker, Charles has created timeless jewelry for the sophisticated collector for three decades. He first realized his calling as a jeweler while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Trained as a sculptor, he enjoyed working in three-dimensional media, including stone. Charles soon realized, however, that it could take 30 years to master the craft of sculpture and become a success. Once he discovered jewelry, he realized the smaller scale allowed him to design timeless pieces immediately. 

Constantly pushing the boundaries of design, Charles utilizes his sculptor’s eye, ample artistic talent, and keen insight into human nature to fashion one of the world’s premier jewelry lines. “A woman needs to be animated,” exclaims Charles. “She needs to wave her hands, live life to the fullest.” With this vision inspiring his work, Charles designs jewelry meant to be enjoyed from multiple approaches and dimensions, just like a piece of sculpture. “I want my clients to enjoy the piece at every single angle,” he explains. For example, the details on the pink diamond ring (shown on the homepage) encompass both the top and underside of the ring to create perfect flow, movement and balance. Charles focuses not only on the all-around design of the metal, but also on how it embraces the stone.

Just as he transfers his sculptural abilities to jewelry, Charles also applies his artistic philosophy to his designs. A simile best captures his attitude: the sculptor is to the art collector as the jewelry designer is to the discerning wearer. Charles is not interested in gratifying customers per se, but in cultivating collectors. “Designers can fly by night, getting lucky,” he explains, “but a collector realizes the beauty and themes of the pieces that the designer creates and understands that it’s not only about owning a piece, but about owning an ensemble.” With this unique philosophy, Charles believes in the evolution rather than a revolution of style. “A client who has purchased from me 30 years ago is still purchasing from me today,” he says. “Each piece relates to those I’ve created in the past.”

A Charles Krypell creation is always a Charles Krypell, linked over time by sensuous design, elegant three-dimensionality and, of course, a deep understanding of human romance and desire. Charles stresses that it’s not simply enough to make a sale by having the man bring home a piece, offer it to the woman, and allow the woman to simply accept it. Instead, he designs pieces to reach deep inside the human heart. The ultimate for Charles is that women desire his jewelry. “The person who gives the gift,” Charles says, “will then be seen as the champion and complete the circle. That’s what I try to accomplish, satisfying the moment.” Working on his own, Charles launched his first collection in 1976, to immediate acclaim.  Now, an astute businessman with several talented employees and a reputation for unsurpassed quality and customer service, Charles Krypell is known the world over by fine jewelers. He continues to challenge himself to reach the height of beauty and distinction. Currently, his line includes these exceptional collections: Precious Pastels, Pastel, Sterling, Gold, Sweethearts and of course, the signature Krypell Baguette Collection.

Thistle & Bee

Thistle & Bee maintains a longstanding reputation in the design and global manufacture of sterling silver. Established in 1998 to fill a niche for high quality, luxury sterling silver jewelry, Thistle & Bee epitomizes classical elegance, bringing unique design and luxury to the Sterling Silver arena.

As the cornerstone of the Thistle & Bee Collection, Sterling Silver allows us freedom of creativity in terms of texture, shape and dimension. Our clean, unique and elegantly executed designs range from bold statements pieces to simple everyday styles. Each timeless design gives beauty a form that is eminently wearable and uniquely Thistle & bee.

At Thistle & Bee, we take great pride in our fine craftsmanship and careful attention to detail. Whether it is a sterling silver woven cuff, a signature clasp or a multi-dimensional design, Thistle & Bee craftsman are meticulous in their attention to details, finishing and design ingenuity. By overseeing the entire manufacturing process and adhering to the same exceptional standards that many centuries old brands have done, Thistle & Bee provides the finest in luxury and quality in their sterling silver designs.

"A simple detail can become an enduring statement" Inspirations for Thistle & Bee designs may come from the richness of antiquities happened upon in Marchés aux Puces in Paris or among the bamboo forests of the Far East. The Thistle & Bee design team travels the world in search of those simple details that will inspire the next signature collection. Patterns and textures have always been an important source of inspiration. From the nodules on a bamboo branch to the intricate ruffles on a luxurious high-collared blouse – Thistle & Bee carefully translates the most intricate details into signature designs and enduring statements in sterling silver.

Frank Reubel

Frank was born in the Bronx, NY and educated in a public school just outside Yankee Stadium. He has been hitting homeruns ever since. Frank grew up in Far Rockaway, New York where he played a variety of high school sports and discovered his love of art. After two years at the University of Arizona, he entered the Army. Upon his return, Frank studied film at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His interest quickly turned to jewelry design in 1972.

When you buy a piece from Frank's collection you quickly recognize his many years of experience and his passion for the art. He was among the first to introduce semi-precious stones into sterling silver. Frank helped to develop the French wire earring while living in Woodstock, New York in the late 1970's. His pieces show the varied creative skills he has acquired along the way; artist, film maker, photographer as well as a respected designer of fine jewelry.

Frank now resides in Florida where his studio, Frank Reubel Designs is located. He is joined by his two sons, Alex and Lennon who have added much needed fuel to his rapidly growing family business. Frank has moved into his own right as an innovator and highly recognized jewelry designer.

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