Exotic Formosa

The goldsmith and sculptor Ruan Weng Mong is a mediator between different worlds. Born in Taiwan, trained as a goldsmith in Germany and having served as the President of the Goldsmiths’ Guild in Nuremberg, he is at home on several continents. His artworks elegantly wed his sensibility for materials and appreciation of gemstones and metal […]

The History of Jewelry

The earliest jewelry known to mankind was created by Neanderthal living in Europe. Some 115,000 years ago, perforated beads made from tiny Nassarius sea shells were discovered in the Cueva de los Aviones, a cave located on the southeast coast of Spain. In Enkapune Ya Muto, Kenya, beads constructed from pierced ostrich egg shells were […]

From Beer Can to Hops Brooch

While beer tin cans, hops and jewelry seem like an uncanny intersection, it’s not so much the case with Haute École des Arts du Rhin (HEAR) graduate Juliette Même. The jewelry designer is known to probe the boundaries of materiality, value and what may seem uninteresting at first glance. Believe it or not, her hops […]