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Behind Mine Walls

Internationally known designers and artists now come and go where up until 17 years ago mine workers and coal dust dominated the scene. Since the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex was officially added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage

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Charon Kransen Arts

Charon Kransen, a New Yorker by choice, has dedicated himself with passion to innovative jewelry design – he has been traveling the globe tirelessly for 36 years and sees new surprise and inspiration on a daily basis. Charon Kransen The gallery…

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Creative Jewelry in Florence

Creative Jewelry in Florence It’s hard to believe, but true: in Italy, where more than in almost any other country it is taken for granted that luxury will be put on display, opportunities to learn the noble craft of the goldsmith at college…

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Dan Jocz: Wearable Lightness of Design

Flamboyant colors and forms ranging from the simple to the expansive characterize the sculptural jewelry of the American metalsmith and jewelry artist Dan Jocz. Any attempt to categorize this unusual designer is swiftly doomed to failure,

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Germans and Japanese: Barring Punctuality

Barring punctuality, Germany and Japan don’t seem to have a lot of things in common culturally. Still, the ties that bind the two nations are a good relationship of many years. And they will be strengthened this year with the official “Germany

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Gerrit Rietveld Academy: To Abandon What Has Been

It is named after a great architect, located in the southern part of one of Europe’s most interesting cities and educates its students to take an individual risk: the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam In May 2007, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy…

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Goethe: Strong Alliances in Design

“It is not good for people to be alone, particularly not to work alone. Rather, they need participation and stimulation if anything is to succeed.” Those wise words come from no less a personage than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. And his statement

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Inner Values

They come in all different forms – delightful and dangerous – but there aren’t so many about now: secrets. The human genome has been largely identified, in May of this year the secret of Saturn’s rings was unveiled, evolution is moving

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Jade: Imperial, Celestial Stone

The mythical properties and symbolic potency attributed to jade (celestial stone) are stronger than those linked to almost any other stone. Whether it comes in deep green, shimmering white or enchanting violet, jade has for millennia been

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Katharina Bianca Vones: Deep Beneath the Sea

Since her first year of studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, Katharina Bianca Vones has been deluged with awards and prizes. She received seven in 2006, including honors for the innovative use of gemstones, distinguished final year work

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Metallum: The Desire to Experiment

One address in Stockholm’s gallery district is especially well known to experimental-jewelry enthusiasts: The gallery “Metallum” represents a multifaceted mix of artists, materials, and objects. Jesper Blomquist. Coffee pot,…

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Of Divine Blood

Corals are precious treasures found in clear waters. This natural material has been used in jewelry making for thousands of years and indeed this is how long it takes for a coral reef to form. Framed with silver and gold and set with 20 champagne-colored…

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Ornamentum Gallery: A Jewel in Constant Transition

His cosmopolitan origins are reflected in the choice of artists that he represents. Together with his wife, Laura Lapachin, Stefan Friedmann, an American with Swiss and German passports, has spent the past five years running the Ornamentum

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Swiss Team Player

The combination of Swiss precision and a cosmopolitan approach in terms of design are the decisive aspects in the success of the Swiss watch brand Pierre Junod. Its owner is a real team player: He develops his chronographs with very young and

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The Blue Miracle

The history we are looking at here plays itself out at the foot of Kilimanjaro in East Africa. It unites a hobby perspector of Indian descent, a Massai tribesman and the world famous jewelers Tiffany & Co. The focus is on a fascinating stone

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The Giebichenstein Castle

As early as during the acceptance exams, preferred creative people are selected not only for their artistic talent, but also for their ability to come to grips with the challenges of modern society. The Giebichenstein Castle School of Art

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The Law and the Art of the Goldsmith

Those in search of innovative, youthful jewelry design in France have to search long and hard. A vibrant jewelry-designing scene appears to be lacking in the country of connoisseurs and fashion designers. However, with a little perseverance,

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The Mysterious Power of Gold

The artistic treatment of jeweler in South Africa has long been a subject of neglect. Now, this nation with its history of colonization and apartheid is slowly making progress along its own path toward modern jeweler design. One of the driving

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The Women’s Golden Jewels

The magnificent hair of the Loreley on the Rhine is possibly the most famous in the world, often the subject of songs, as here in Mark Twain’s ‘An Ancient Legend of the Rhine’ from 1880. With a golden comb she brought her hair to a glossy sheen,