My girlfriend Claudia works as a psychiatrist near Heidelberg. When I asked her to put on her favorite piece of jewelry in order to take a picture of her, she did not hesitate for a long time. She took her mother’s bracelet out of a drawer: a beautiful wide silver bracelet made by a goldsmith. It has been elaborated with an old goldsmith technique, where every element has been chiseled to give it three dimensionality. It consists of several identical elements, which are connected to each other by eyelets to guarantee the mobility of the bracelet. With this bracelet Claudia’s father proposed marriage to his future wife, so it is an extraordinary engagement jewelry piece.
Unfortunately, Claudia lost her mother very early when she was still a teenager. So the bracelet is a very important memento that remained from her mother and connects her with her while wearing it.
Sophia is the daughter of a very good friend my mine. I’ve known her since she was sitting in her stroller. That’s why I’m especially happy to introduce her here with her favorite jewelry.
Sophia studies Cultural Studies in Frankfurt / Oder, but lives in Berlin. In the photo she is wearing almost all the jewelry that was left after renting her apartment for a long time … That’s how she most likes to wears her jewelry: many rings, earrings and chains made of silver, that are all combinable and harmonize with each other. For Sophia, it’s important not to think long about what she’s going to wear in the morning. For this reason, she chooses more intuitively than consciously pieces of jewelry, that all have a similar formal language. Most pieces of jewelry are travel memories from Argentina, Mexico and Holland. The silver ring with two small rings in the centre, which she wears on the right hand, comes from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina – also called the end of the world. Sophia made a trip towards there after studying in Buenos Aires for a semester. P>
Sophia wears a very special piece of jewelry on her skin in form of a tattoo on her right arm. It is the Latin saying: Ecce Nova Facio Omnia (See, I’m making everything new!) in the handwriting of her grandfather, who is a very important person in Sophia’s life. P>
The design researcher Fred Meier – Menzel wears a very special ring on this picture, which belongs to her since 1993. It is a very large ring, a Shiite prayer ring reserved for men in the Arab world. But Fred did not know all that when she saw this ring for the first time.
She discovered it in an antique shop in Bangkok. She noticed the powerful strength that emanates from this ring from the very beginning. “A patriarch’s ring,“ she thought at his sight. For a long time crept around the display where the ring was exposed, tried it on, looked at it, and finally left the shop without it. At that time, she simply could not afford? such a luxury. Later her friend returned to the antique shop and gave her this ring as a present during her stay in Thailand.
This is my friend Sandra in a beach basket on Sylt in January. I asked her to wear her favorite piece of jewelry and tell me something about this jewel, particularly why it is so special for her.
Sandra made this ring herself in a goldsmith’s workshop in Frankfurt am Main. Therefore this ring is so special for her: she made it herself and she has become aware of the extensive work process that is hidden behind a handmade piece of jewelry. In addition, she developed the design together with the goldsmith and chose the stone. The appreciation that she brings toward this piece of jewelery goes so far that she only wears it on special occasions. It is, so to speak, her festive ring. I can understand her very well: I am a goldsmith myself, and I know how many hours of work are hidden behind a handmade piece of jewelry.