Award-winning German designer and goldsmith, Brigitte Adolph, gained her passion for jewellery design as a young girl, designing in her father’s atelier. Today, Brigitte still thrives on this passion, using her eye for detail to create distinctive designs. Her impressive Lace collection resembles the delicate texture of the time-honoured fabric, but is cleverly crafted from precious metals.
Brigitte’s eye for detail is so great, that it is only when you touch one of the pieces that you realise it is not in fact lace. This innovative and feminine collection has proved very popular, particularly for bridal jewellery. We chat to Brigitte about her journey.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery?
For Brigitte, jewellery runs in her blood, as both her parents and grandparents were jewellers. “I come from a jeweller background. My grandfather was a watch maker; my mother and father are goldsmiths.” She has born in Fulda in Germany in 1975, and grew up in a jewellery store between pearls and gemstones.
"My grandfather was a watch maker; my mother and father are goldsmiths."
How did you become a jewellery designer?
After completing her studies to become a qualified goldsmith, Brigitte wanted to improve her skills and went to work for the royal jeweller of the Swedish Crown. Due to her fascination for contemporary design, she returned to study jewellery design at the famous University of Pforzheim. Her studies took her from Germany to Denmark, Spain and Switzerland.
What drove you start your own jewellery line?
In 2005, Brigitte founded her own atelier in Karlsruhe, Germany. “I studied jewellery design to create something new. I think that both my craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit were raised in my childhood home.”
"The fine, filigree and uncompromisingly feminine aura of my jewellery looks like finely woven lace"
What makes your designs unique?
“The fine, filigree and uncompromisingly feminine aura of my jewellery looks like finely woven lace – an illusion that dissolves to the touch, revealing the true nature of these precious pieces in gold and silver.”
What are your brand’s core values?
“An authentic original design is a really important value to me and my brand, especially now in a world of plagiarism.”
Where do you source inspiration for your designs?
“I discovered my fondness for lace during a study course project on 'Memories'. I had already worked on embroidered keepsakes from my family for the basic part of my degree course. These first emerged as visual compositions, then as items of jewellery in lace that I crocheted myself. I gained a lot of inspiration from lace out of a variety of cultures. For example, we worked together with Jayne Childs, a British lace designer, on combining traditional Nottingham lace patterns towards a completely new and modern aesthetic in lace. The painting of a merchant’s daughter with a large lace collar inspired my opulent Merchant’s daughter earrings. On my honeymoon in Venice, I discovered a small shop with handmade traditional lace from the region, and I used that as a basis for my Venezia necklace. I have a beautiful and personal connection to this piece; it takes us back to bygone times, while remaining firmly rooted in the present.”
"Customers and their friends can't believe it's made from precious metal and that starts conversations."
How do your customers react to your designs?
“They are proud to have an outstanding piece of jewellery. Customers and their friends can't believe it's made from precious metal and that starts conversations. They will be the topic of the evening! I want my customers to feel awesome and feminine when they wear my pieces.”
What does the future hold for the Brigitte Adolph brand?
“I want to create more feminine lace-like jewellery designs. I would love to reach my lace-like-jewellery lovers all over the world with my style and craftsmanship. I hope Jewelstreet will help me to give them a comfortable and secure platform.”
Brigitte Adolph's jewellery collection is available to shop on Jewelstreet here.