A classically trained goldsmith from Germany, Barbara Heinrich grew up on a European vineyard that her family has owned since 1545. Now one of the leading figures in American studio jewelry and president of the American Jewelry Design Council, Barbara Heinrich creates jewelry that is timeless yet as individual as a fingerprint. Her work is fabricated by hand, one piece at a time, with signature textures created with tools she makes herself. Her work has been awarded the Couture gold award, been featured in exhibitions and published in books including Masters: Gold: Major Works by Leading Artists and Brilliance! Masterpieces by American Jewelry Design Council.
IN HER WORDS
“Jewelry has to speak without words. Beauty speaks to everyone. I want to create things that give people that sense of peace and who we are and why we’re here. It’s so wonderful that this can be done with jewelry. It helps people understand certain parts of themselves: spirituality, nobility, divinity within. I’ve made jewelry in every material but once I started creating in gold I arrived. That’s what I wanted to do. I relate to it truly with my soul. Gold connects us to source, that’s why I’m so passionate about it.”
WHAT WE LOVE
Barbara's jewelry flows with a subtle grace, effortlessly gathering all the light in the room into the soft gleam on its intricately worked surfaces. She is a master goldsmith in complete control of her medium. Pieces look soft but spring back with tensile strength. Edges are rolled or slightly beveled. Fastenings pivot invisibly. Every detail is considered. And over it all the gold glows, shining impossibly like treasure unearthed from an ancient tomb. Try a piece on Memo: you have to see it in person to understand.