Jewel of the day: Barbara Heinrich Opal and Gold Necklace
This one-of-a-kind piece by Barbara Heinrich is described this way: “Flat peruvial opal smooth stone necklace with 18kt yellow gold spacers inbetween each containing various color diamonds, 1.67 cttw, with a toggle clasp.”
Heinrich is German-born and now based in New York state. Her “about” page notes, “[She] grew up in the vineyards of her family’s winery. Used to keeping herself busy, she collected pods, snail shells and broken glass pieces to make jewelry. She strung together dyed noodles and dried them in the sun to make necklaces. “The inspiration to make jewelry has always been with me” she tells.
Graduating from dried noodles she worked with glass beads and silver wire jewelry as a teen, selling her pieces on a piece of velvet on the streets of her home town.
Eventually she signed up for jewelry instruction and after graduating with top honors in Germany she won a scholarship to continue her studies in the United States .
Here she earned a masters degree from RIT, met her husband Gregory, a doctor of chiropractic and built a studio with beautiful light open space, arched windows and skylights.”
Contact her here for more information on purchasing.