Caroline Ellen
A New York City native, jewelry designer Caroline Ellen originally planned to study fine arts. She studied drawing at the Art Students League of New York and painting at Vassar College until she began a career as a model. She traveled extensively, modeling for such magazines as Italian Vogue and French Vogue with internationally renowned photographers such as Arthur Elgort, Steven Meisel and David Seidner, and appearing in advertisements for designers such as Bill Blass and Perry Ellis. Inspired by the vibrant creativity of the fashion world, Caroline began to design.

Caroline studied jewelry making at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York, where she learned classical goldsmithing techniques and developed a love for the high quality of hand-crafted jewelry. She soon developed a large clientele that included artists, models and photographers, including James Levine of the Metropolitan Opera, artist Julian Schnabel, and actresses Candice Bergen and Susan Sarandon.

Caroline designs in 22 and 20 karat gold, and uses diamonds, sapphires, rubies and other precious and semi-precious stones. She is especially drawn to unusually bright stones, such as fancy sapphires and light-colored emeralds, and to the rich color of high-karat gold.

Caroline is inspired by pure geometrical shapes, by shapes found in nature, and by the timeless simplicity of ancient jewelry. She loves to travel to see jewelry and artifacts in museums around the world. She approaches designing as an art form, and she likes to think of each piece of jewelry as a small sculpture or work of art. She strives to create jewelry that is modern, luxurious and yet timelessly classic. Caroline's design philosophy is to find beauty in simplicity. She believes that achieving simplicity in design is the biggest challenge for a designer, and it is a challenge that she finds extremely inspiring. At the same time, Caroline likes to express this simplicity through the use of luxurious materials, to create very special jewelry.

AudreyCaroline's jewelry is all made by hand, and painstakingly hand finished, in her workshop in downtown New York. She formulates her own alloys for the special color of her gold, then forms it into the wire and sheet she needs to fabricate her jewelry. For the hand-cast pieces, the surfaces are intensively hand finished to create Caroline's unique satin finish.