The son of Russian master jeweler Jakob Kats and jewelry designer Olga Schmidt, Ceava Kats has spent his entire life surrounded by the beauty and splendor of exquisitely designed jewelry creations. A true American success story, the Kats family emigrated from Europe to Texas in the late 1970s, where they opened a highly successful jewelry store specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces. Having spent his childhood days in the family store, Ceava Kats learned the trade from a very young age- from the day-to-day business of managing a thriving jewelry boutique to observing the most intricate details in creating master designs.
Armed with this extensive real-life training, Ceava studied at the University of Texas where he received his bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in business and marketing. After finishing his studies in Texas, Ceava traveled to Italy to study at the renowned Le Arte Orafe in Florence, ultimately receiving a master’s in jewelry design. Following his studies in Italy, Ceava went on to become a certified Gemologist through the Gemological Institute.
With this impressive education and lifetime of experience under his belt, Ceava Kats set out to transform the age-old art of enamel-making, popularized by the craftsmen of Etruria in northwestern Italy between 950 and 300 B.C. Expanding upon the foundation of this ancient art, Ceava created pure, bright designs of contemporary sophistication incorporating the highest quality enamel, pave diamond detail and 18-karat gold and sterling silver. Many of his designs are embellished with SOHO’s signature gold-leaf “foliage” technique, a patented method exclusive to SOHO, where foliage-like pieces of gold leaf are embedded into the design during the enameling process.
Inspired by the free spirit of New York’s iconic artistic mecca, SOHO’s unique collection of bold bangles, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and rings fuses modern elegance with the ancient Etruscan art of enamel design. The foundation of SOHO is based upon transitional pieces from day to evening; glam up the office look with the simple addition of a chunky bangle and a layered necklace or two.
SOHO’s designs combine elements of the old world Italian countryside with clean lines and sleek colors. SOHO creates jewelry for the global woman, taking its cue from the sophisticated, modern and eccentric ways of the ultimate fashionista.
Women around the world have fallen in love with Ceava Kats’ distinctive enamel, gold and diamond designs. His creations are cherished the world over for their stylish appeal and design versatility. In addition to the independent, fashion-savvy women who are avid fans of his designs, Ceava has garnered the interest of Hollywood A-listers including Halle Berry, Hilary Duff, Jada Pinkett Smith, Whitney Houston, Kate Winslet, Regina King, Sandra Oh and Sarah Chalke.