Encouraged by his grandmother to recognize and share natural beauty, Charlie de Viel Castel reflects her creative concept in CVC Stones. The jewelry line displays intrinsic simplicity with organic stones from different shores. Kept in their natural form, the individual stones are then complimented by glistening diamonds that are placed into their surface. CVC acknowledges that each stone is limited and applies their shapes and textures with designs to grow their originality. Designer Charlie de Viel Castel describes CVC Stones and shares the concept behind the unique necklaces.
My grandmother always encouraged me to see and appreciate the beauty in the natural world. When she passed away, she left my cousin a diamond set in a ring and a loose diamond to me. I took her gift as an invitation to be creative and think beyond the confines of convention.
I knew early on that I wanted to create a contrast between my beautiful diamond and something organic. From the moment I decided to use beach stones it took about a year to create the first collection. With no experience in design or jewelry, I had to learn everything from scratch and find the right craftsmen to help me implement the designs I had in mind. Once I started, it became clear that I could extend the concept beyond my grandmother’s diamond; thus CVC Stones and the idea of creating a jewelry line was conceived.
Finding the perfect stones is perhaps the most important and time consuming aspect of the design process. The idea of sourcing stones from specific locations was soon replaced with the concept of finding stones with the right textures, colors and veins to create a harmonious pattern to set our diamonds against. Some magical beaches have very few stones and others have many, it is really a matter of luck to come across the ideal CVC Stone. We leave the stones as we find them; we don’t varnish or adjust them in any way. Each one is unique and they come from beaches all over the world.
Does CVC Stones Stand for anything in particular?
The letters CVC are my initials. I am not sure we have a message per say, but perhaps the line has come to be about embracing and celebrating individuality. Every single necklace we create is one of a kind. We spend hours combing through our stones to pick the perfect ones and days discussing the ideal placement of the diamonds on each stone. Furthermore, every CVC Stone necklace is named. We think of them as individuals with unique personalities and characters.
Currently, we are putting most of our focus on continuing to design beautiful necklaces, as everyone seems to love them. However, we already have ideas for other pieces in the works!