3-6 November 2011

SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair celebrated its 10th year in 2011 in Amsterdam with over 150 jewelers from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, England, South Korea, Japan, Israel, Greece, Canada and Finland. Special guests were 7 young jewelers from South Korea; the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, France; the Slowakische Schmuck- Mannschaft by Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava; Slovakia Metal and Jewelry Studio; and the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium.


The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of Bratislava had a conveyor belt mechanism for jewelry making. The Author of this project was Pavol Prekop. Customers could choose an aluminum base for the jewel, (the groudform of the Westergasfabriek), put it on a conveyor belt and turn the handle. Several workers  paint, scratch, drill, sew or glue elements on the brooch. The faster you turn, the less time the workers have--it's teamwork.

Conveyor belt brooch

John Aristizabal

The jewelry of John Aristizabal is made with clean precision, the lines are clear. He loves to play with folding gold and silver, using the folds as mountings for diamonds.

He uses a high karat gold (an alloy with copper only) so, just like the sun, it looks warm and shiny.


Although I love his small work, I think his bracelets are astonishing. Strips sawn from gold or silver plate are bent back and forth, back and forth, very evenly. He uses a simple tube and stick lock, finished with a small faceted stone.


The other bracelet he presented is made out of 16 hollow segments, soldered together eight by eight. It closes with magnets--a simple, but strong design.

John Aristizabal, bracelet




John Aristizabal, bracelet


Sabrina Meyns

To my great pleasure, the Irish jeweler, Sabrina Meyns was there again.  In the fall of the year, inspired by nature, she looks at seeds in all of their manifestations and creates new flowers around them. Processing real seeds in self-made acaba paper, she forms fragile-looking cups that are, in reality, very strong.  New flowers originate from her hands by combining the cups with silver or gold elements.

I can only say, "I love them!"

Sabrina Meyns, ring

Sabrina Meyns, ring

Sabrina Meyns, brooch

Sabrina Meyns, brooch

Aletta Teunen

Aletta Teunen designs wearable jewelry based on photos from the air. She photographs tulip fields, beaches, buildings, or whole cities and extracts the basic lines from the pictures. With these she makes paper models which she folds and bends. By combining the forms with colored stones she creates totally new pieces of jewelry, sometimes leading directly back to the starting point and other times finding a completely new view.


In recurring themes she uses the lines of the course of a river, a coastline, a railroad track or a mountain ridge. Nature, culture, industry, architecture--all can be an inspiration to her.

She presented her new line of Dutch Houses jewelry--rings, brooches, pendants, and earrings--based on the many different houses that were built along our famous canals.

Aletta Teunen
                                                                                "Course of River
                                                                                 and Harbor Bracelet"

Aletta Teunen
"Tulip Bulbs"

Aletta Teunen
                                                                         "Delft White"

Aletta Teunen

Aletta Teunen, bracelet

Aletta Teunen
"Canal by Night"

Aletta Teunen
                                                           "Huisjes" brooch

Alletta Teunen

Nora Rochel

Nora Rochel's career has taken off quickly. She finished her education in 2009 in Pforzheim, Germany, and received he first award in 2008 in Amsterdam. Her work is now admired in galleries all over Europe.


Ornament by ornament, in a very detailed manner, she builds her flower jewelry, studying stamens, stems, and petals closely and using the forms as she pleases. I love her big work--rings, bracelets and neckpieces--my only objection being their weight. Because of the lost wax method she uses, the pieces are solid and heavy. Since I love to wear handmade jewelry, this is an obstacle for me, but when you collect monumental jewelry to look at or wear for short special occasions, this is truly great stuff.  Or, you can buy her small work.

Nora Rochel, brass bracelet

Nora Rochel, ring

Nora Rochel, ring

Nora Rochel, ring

Leen Heyne

Leen Heyne is also an expeditious young goldsmith. He established his own atelier before he finished his education in Schoonhoven. By 2010, he had already presented his work at SIERAAD and now he has a line of silky looking, wrapped, and folded jewelry for sale all over the Netherlands. Leen hammers, folds, draws out and bends gold or silver to get the look he desires. The combination of sleek lines with naturally-fitted diamonds, invites you to wear his work at any time.

Leen Heyne, bracelet

Leen Heyne, bracelets and rings

Leen Heyne, rings with diamonds

Leen Heyne, rings

"Portrait Me"

Very new was the multimedia project “Portrait me.” In a photo booth, people were portrayed in old Dutch costumes with a hood, millstone collar or an 18th century wig. This portrait was then digitised with the help of a 3D-scanner, Z-printed, and made into a modern cameo.  You, yourself on a cameo!

"Portrait Me" (above and below)

Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek 3-6 novemer 2011


Review by Maja Houtman


Photographs courtesy of the artists above.

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