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Rock Stars. Jewellery from Idar-Oberstein

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 end of 14th century rockcrystal, jaspis, amethyst and agate were found here, raw materials that would become the basis of a lucrative gemstone 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 Gemstone industrie had its first heyday. Around 1834 the fist Agate from Brazil were shipped to Idar-Oberstein and around 1870 the imported stones brought more profit, that the mining industry in Idar-Oberstein was reduced to a minimum.
 
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 the university in Idar-Oberstein. The team around Ute Eitzenhöfer and Theo Smeets has steadily been working on building up an innovative campus of international importance.
 
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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