Monday, May 6, 2013

OLIVIA SCHLEVOGT JEWELLERY

Sterling Silver, 18 and 22K White & Yellow Gold Necklaces
with Tourmaline and Diamonds
Destroyed by bombs in 1945 the Dresden Frauenkirch (a/k/a Church of our Lady) located in Dresden, Germany currently stands tall with a new dome, chapel, and seven new bells.  Germany is also home to featured jewelry designer Olivia Schlevogt.

As I have often stated sometimes classic or minimalist jewelry designs can be so plain and straightforward in presentation jewelry pieces can lack warmth.

Although Schlevogt’s array of silver rings, pendant and gemstone necklaces, and earrings are largely angular and geometric the subtle details of keum-boo style accents and unusual gemstone cuts make the jewelry super chic and modern.

The offspring of jewelers and raised in Schwaebisch Gmuend—a town renowned for its jewelry industry--Schlevogt’s future seemed written in the stars.

“Coming from a family of glass and jewelry makers I was strongly influenced to express my own creativity,” says the London-based jeweler.  “Twenty-four years ago I started a four-year apprenticeship with a well-known German jewelry company.
Sterling Silver and 18-and 22K White & Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelets
Once the apprenticeship was done, I worked for a different jeweler for a time and then decided to refine my skills by attending the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, England.  As my style has evolved I discovered that I truly like bringing a distinctive look to my jewelry.”

And that she does with sloped concave pendants in 18- and 22-karat yellow and white gold done up in somewhat abstract yet clean forms; simply cut semi-precious gemstone strands like rose quartz and pink tourmaline; the deep red gloss of coral spheres that resemble fire ball candies; and black lava spheres perfectly complementing saucer-like sterling silver discs.

And her ring collection--the rings alone undeniably display Schlevogt’s penchant for differentiation.  Some rings highlight concave arcs others are open circles with the negative space serving as an unconventional setting for a single, tiny diamond.  The stone settings for other rings are flat, and square-like.  It is a fabulous marriage of purity of form and strong presentation.

Schlevogt’s deft manipulation of precious metals has earned her numerous awards including Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Young Designers Silversmithing Award; and first prize for the Goldsmith’s Craft and Design Awards.

A selection of items are available for purchase at The Goldsmiths' Company.
18K White & Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver Rings
with Tourmaline Gemstones

2013 Jewelry Trend Alert:   Schlevogt is on trend with geometric forms, sterling silver metal and vibrant colored gemstones including the top color green via serpentine, and green beryl.


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