Im a small, highly skilled german business. I value my work and that of others, so i see no point in price dumping at any part of the process or in material. Lower price means lower quality. Always.
What im offering to you is high end jewelry. Its neither thin nor lightweight, even though its dainty.
For a new model im making a prototype from scratch in sterling silver. Means carving skulls, bending and shaping the band, making the settings and a thousand other little steps to bring out a very special ring. This takes around 30-50 hours of work and requires knowledge attained in years of study and experience. All rings are also polished by hand, to keep every tiny detail. That is a time consuming process, which requires professional skills and patience.
Goldsmithing is an ancient craft to make things, which last.
What i do i do by my hands, there is no CAD involved in any part of the process. For this reason my designs remain organic in the meaning of microscopic asymetries, which occur in nature and make natural things as beautiful as they are. In contrast to computer modeled designs, which seem to me just too perfect and too clean to be true.
I prefer to work with precious natural gemstones, from which im only using the best quality on the market. Certainly, that is reflected in my prices.
Also my diamonds are all natural. Wherever you read "natural diamond" or "nat dia" its EXACTLY that - natural, conflict free diamonds.
But due to customer request im also offering some imitations. You can easily spot them in listings and variations. If you read "lab diamond/ruby/whatever" then its a man made stone. All others are perfectly natural and real. Im working only with reputable german stone traders.
As diamond imitations im using cubic zirconia for small stones and black moissanite for the big ones.
Since my early childhood I love creating in many forms – sewing, drawing, tattooing and sculpture. At the age of 16 I got the opportunity to attend jewelry classes in school. There I found my life's calling.
Yet in sculpture I adored the fact that my creation will last longer than me. Within the resistant material my ideas become immortal. That's also the part I love most about jewelry. Just more than stone sculptures it accompanies the person who is wearing it. You see and feel the sleek material, beautiful stones and delicate design all the time. In my opinion fine jewelry is more than just a nice fashion accessory – what you can get from me is a direct expression of personality. Mine in yours, like friends have thoughts and views in common. So a piece of my soul (as what I consider my work) will become part of your life.
Its a great fortune, that in Germany old traditional crafts are still being maintained in a high grade of professionalism and precision. To be allowed to call myself a goldsmith I had to go 3 years to a fulltime craft-school.
I am absolutely grateful to have gained that kind of high level education as a craftswoman.
My training there comprised jewelry designing, drawing and calligraphy, beneath the basic goldsmithing-techniques also mokume gane, enameling, repoussé, engraving, filigree and a little blacksmithing.
Eight years ago I graduated with craft certificate, since then I'm working on refining my skills in my studio, located in an old factory building from the 1890s in some industrial part of Leipzig.
When not working there I study history of arts in Leipzig. I need this intellectual input, too. Especially I'm interested in historical styles expressed in decorative arts and their development in general.
I had exhibitions in small galleries, for example in Berlin, Munich, Tübingen and Halle/Saale. Feel free to come around for the annual Wave-and-Gothic-Treffen in Leipzig. You might see the largest crowd of dark dressed weird folks you could have ever imagined! You will see me there, too.
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