Especially so in Cologne. Jewellery designer Peter Guels offers a collection of unique iron jewellery in his studio in the centre of the Rhine River Metropolis. Brushed black necklaces, bracelets or rings are combined with either precious metals or diamonds, moonstones or sapphires. All objects are hand-made and they impress with their subtle, almost archaic style and elegant design.
Each piece of jewellery is designed by Peter Guels individually to complement the woman who will wear it. An association of iron with heavy chains is indeed deliberate. “Only, these are not prison chains but a strong link to the heart of her lover”, Peter says with a smile.
Iron jewellery has a long tradition. 200 years ago, the German Romantic author E.T.A. Hoffmann described in his novel “Madmoiselle de Scuderie” the use of raw iron for the production of delicate jewellery. In the mid 19th century iron jewellery could be found in every jewellery collection in London, Paris and St Peterburg. Pieces from that period are highly prized collectors’ items at auctions today. Peter Guels rekindles this old tradition incorporating his unique and modern designs thus creating collectors’ items of the future.
The renowned magazine “Blickpunkt Juwelier” recently named Peter Guels “an artist with passion”. Peter’s clients come to his studio from all over the world – Moskow, Tokyo, the USA - because his exclusive jewellery is not available in any other shops or over the internet but solely in his design studio in Cologne, 97 Breite Strasse, only a stone’s throw from the Cologne Cathedral.
Those who want to get an initial glimpse of the magic of the black iron collection, should visit Peter Guels’ website that show-casts selected samples of his work: www.peterguelsdesign.de.
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Iron is the main material which is used in the jewellery creations of the
German Diplom Designer Peter Güls and which is his new invention.
He is the first Designer in Europe, who started to combine this deep-black,
discreet-shiny iron with gold, silver and platinum as well as with a series of
special, precious gems and diamonds. Combining the black iron enhances
the sparkle of the diamonds and exclusive gems, that catches the light
and lends the person who wears it a special aura.
The art of making iron black in order to integrate with high exclusive
jewellery is already centuries old. But in fact only a few gold- and silver-
manufactures are knowing today this old technique. The German Diplom
Designer Peter Güls is one of them. He is using an old European tradition,
which you saw in 18th century at showcases of the jewellers and auction
houses in Berlin, London, Paris.
The creations of Peter Güls are the futuristic collectibles of tomorrow.