Friday, May 22, 2009

ANGELA HUBEL

"The jewels in the yard" is the literal translation of the German word schmuckhof. Schmuckhof is also the namesake of one of many gardens located in Botanishcher Garten (Botanical Garden) in Munich Germany.

Over 2,000 species of orchids reside in the garden's spectacular glass houses. Germany is also the home of featured jewelry designer Angela Hübel.

Hübel has a singular focus in her designs, the hand. She designs--almost exclusively-- beautifully constructed rings (both dress and wedding rings) intended to highlight the contours of the hand or the space between fingers.

She also designs rings specifically for the right or left hand, "The ring theme imposes the most limits on the free choice of forms. It's a tremendous challenge to find interesting solutions," she says.

Her ring designs, created mostly in 18-karat yellow gold, possess soft, sculptural curves, which are offset by gorgeous gemstones.

Aside from Mark Scown, her creations are some of the most original ring designs I've seen, but Hübel is surprisingly pragmatic about her approach to design. "Inspiration is not magic. Good ideas result from intensive cognitive and experimental work motivated by the pleasure of designing."

She prefers an unconventional approach to designing instead of following the latest trend, "My intention is to create jewelry which is simultaneously contemporary and timeless."


Hübel also designs lovely pendants, and the Inhorgenta Munich Fair features her latest designs each year. The ORRO Gallery, and Aaron Faber Gallery have also exhibited Hübel's stunning designs.
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Photo 1 (top right): 18-karat Yellow Gold Diamond Eye Ring
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-karat Yellow Gold Laguna Navette Ring
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