The world of jewels…

by Abigail Percy on 14/06/2006

in Jewellery+Accessories

Hello all, my name is Abigail and I have been asked to post for whip-up on the topic of jewellery. I am a jeweller myself, and run my own business designing and making jewellery…I am delighted to be able to explore the world of jewellery design and manufacture here, and hope you enjoy reading about it ,and hopefully join in with some making of your own too!!

I will be posting about the various aspects of jewellery; most often introducing internationally renowned jewellers work..and where you can find them. I will also be writing about the tools you will need to make jewellery so you can dive on in when I post jewellery making tutorials…and lots more besides…!

Right…here is the work of Bettina Speckner one of my favourite jewellers {and someone who I linked to a while back on my own blog..}..and the creator of some seriously beautiful jewels…

Brooch 2005 – Photoetching/Zinc, Silver, Fine Gold, Gold 750/000 {5x4cm}

Necklace 2004 – Photo in enamel, Silver, Grey Pearls, Turmaline.

Bettina Speckner was born in Germany, and studied under the famous jewellery professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. These pieces are typical of Bettina’s work…delicate, considered, eclectic and so very beautifully made. I had the great honour of handling some of Bettina’s work when I was at Galerie Spektrum in Munich a few years ago and it really is stunning in person! If you visit the galleries site you will find a fantastic portfolio of Bettina’s work {and many others under ‘Artists of the Gallery’}, where they show you in some images the back of her pieces..which are every bit as beautiful and unique as the front view!

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1 maria June 14, 2006 at 8:33 pm

Oh YAY! A jewelry ‘columnist!’ Welcome. I look forward to reading your posts and learning about what other jewelry designers are doing.

Bettina’s work is so striking. I love the combination of the photos/photo etchings and the natural materials. Beautiful.


2 karin June 14, 2006 at 10:54 pm

absolutely beautiful and very inspiring!


3 Lindsey (Yankee Girl Designs) June 15, 2006 at 4:02 am

I’m so excited to see articles written by/for jewelry designers :)


4 Rebecca June 15, 2006 at 6:04 am

Bettina Speckner is one of my favourite jewellers- 1st found out about her via Karin’s style blog. The way she sets facetted stones and has managed to find a beautiful way of incorporating everything from banded agate to fragile found objects is admirable. The detail on some of the brooch backs is enchanting- how lovely to wear one of the these and know that there is even more beauty facing inwards that only you know about. I have a David McLeod (NZ) brooch like this and am always pulling it off to show people the back!!


5 Anabel June 15, 2006 at 10:50 pm

I love Bettina Speckner´s work. Congratulation for your firt post!


6 Nicole June 17, 2006 at 9:50 am

Great post, welcome to the whipettes ;)


7 Liana June 22, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Excellent first post. I’m looking forward to the next one.
Go jewellery!


8 Jo August 9, 2006 at 6:14 pm

Just discovered this, a jewellery column, excellent! Looking forward to your posts.


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