Coloured gemstones and antique diamonds are the coreof Caitlin Mociun's remarkable creations
It is hard to believe, but jewellery was not Caitlin Mociun’s first calling. When she discovered it, however, she found home. It was a profession that not only made her happy, but brought something special into the world. Today, she is known for her use of coloured gemstones and antique
diamonds set in uncommon clusters, and her remarkable eponymous jewellery house Mociun is such a unique brand in the world of jewellery that we couldn’t imagine her doing anything else. Lucky for the rest of us; she doesn’t plan to.
Caitlin Mociun: "Humans have always had a desire to adorn themselves (so it seems from our history!). Humans use symbols like jewellery to identify things about other people."
What’s your background?
A California native, I began traveling at the age of 12, spending six years living throughout Asia and Europe, with extended stays in Malaysia and Prague, before earning a BFA in textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Did you always want to be a jewellery designer?
I did not. When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer. Which I did professionally (also under the name Mociun) for 6 years. When I was doing that I really wanted to get back into a fine art and installation art practice but it was easy for me to make and sell clothing so that is what I did, I did not enjoy it. When I started experimenting with jewellery, I felt happy and content with that practice.
You characterise yourself as a curator and a creator, in which ways?
I would say a creator first and a curator second. I design all the jewellery that we sell at Mociun and I act as the creative director for the company. Which means I do most of the styling for our photoshoots (along with one of my long-time employees who also does our photography and all our digital content and IG). I also curate the selection of home goods along with my buyer in our store in Brooklyn/online store.
You use unique gemstones; can you tell me about the sourcing of them?
I have worked very hard over the years to find the right sources of gemstones for my work. Not only am I looking for beautiful and unique stones but who we buy from is also important to me. I do my best to know as much about the materials that I buy as possible. We have found a number of sources that also care about the environment and the people who mine and cut stones. I always go to them first before I use our sources that do not have sustainability as a large part of their practice.