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New jewellery from Idar-Oberstein at Sieraad 2017

Exhibition  /  09 Nov 2017  -  12 Nov 2017
Published: 21.04.2017
Hector Lasso. Ring: Walk of Fame, 2014. Silver, tourmaline. Hector Lasso
Ring: Walk of Fame, 2014
Silver, tourmaline
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Intro
It does not happen very often that we organize an exposition at SIERAAD that we already know will be talked about a great deal. The main exhibition of SIERAAD 2017 will show a survey of 15 years of groundbreaking work by an international group of students (Bachelor and Master) of the faculty of Jewellery and Gems of the Idar-Oberstein campus of Trier University, Germany. 

Idar-Oberstein has a reputation to uphold. In the Middle Ages amethyst and agate were found here, raw materials that would become the basis of a lucrative mining industry. Add to this the Nahe River and you have a cheap and permanent source of energy supplying the hydropower necessary to make Idar-Oberstein into a great gem-processing industry.

In the 18th century the mine was exhausted. Half a century later Germany emigrants on the other side of the globe came to the rescue when large quantities of amethyst and agate were found in Brazil and shipped to Idar-Oberstein.
 
The traditional way in which gemstones are worked and processed puts them in the category of classical jewellery. The methods used by the students of the Idar-Oberstein campus may therefore safely be called revolutionary. For example, gems are literally pulverized and then built up again in order to give them a different form and content. Perhaps breaking radically with the past is the only way to give faded glory a new lustre.
 
This renaissance of (gem)stones in contemporary jewellery design may, to a large extent, be attributed to one man: jewellery artist and Herr Professor (and Dutchman) Theo Smeets. Since his appointment in 1998 he has steadily been working on building up an innovative campus of international importance. New Jewellery from Idar-Oberstein will be on show at SIERAAD from November 9 through 12 in the Gashouder at the WesterGasterrein in Amsterdam.
 
Tabea Reulecke. Necklace: Leopard, 2014. Oxidized silver, enamel, copper, 18ct gold. Tabea Reulecke
Necklace: Leopard, 2014
Oxidized silver, enamel, copper, 18ct gold
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Amelie Spitz. Pendant: Carnival, 2016. Ashanti Casting, brass, silver, cut rock crystals, amethyst, onyx, aquamarine, rose quartz, carnelian, swarovski crystal, 3D Pen, paint, chain, found objects. Amelie Spitz
Pendant: Carnival, 2016
Ashanti Casting, brass, silver, cut rock crystals, amethyst, onyx, aquamarine, rose quartz, carnelian, swarovski crystal, 3D Pen, paint, chain, found objects
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Saerom Kong. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Hanji( traditional korean paper), rice, beans, silver, wood, lacquer. 11 x 6 x 10 cm. Photo by: Saerom Kong. Saerom Kong
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Hanji( traditional korean paper), rice, beans, silver, wood, lacquer
11 x 6 x 10 cm
Photo by: Saerom Kong
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