The most recent jewelry designs out of the Zobel studio in Konstanz, Germany are on exhibit in the show “Tonal Elegance: The Jewels of Atelier Zobel” opening on August 11 at Patina Gallery.
Created by Peter Schmid and his team, the new pieces on display have an emphasis on color.
“This year I’m really drawn to color,” explains Schmid. “I feel that we all deserve a little lightness right now. I wanted to create a collection about joy to remind us of the small pleasures in life. It’s hard to look at a pink tourmaline without smiling or a Paraiba tourmaline without sailing off to the Caribbean Sea, at least in in your mind’s eye.”
For Schmid, choosing a stone to incorporate into his work begins with examining its character and cut. Experiencing the feel of a stone in his hands is the next step in the selection process. “I like to think that each stone has its own personality, its own virtue and history,” he adds. “Even after 25 years of goldsmithing, I pick up each stone and wonder how did it get here.”
Rather than dismiss a stone that has tiny imperfections, Schmid embraces it. “Each piece has its own crystal formation, consequential incidences that informed growth pattern of the crystal, the color or even an inclusion that has been captured within the stone over millions of years,” he says. “I love these imperfections. It feels like the beginning of a story. I imagine something curious happened and that’s where I begin my own design work.”
Schmid, who grew up in Germany and spent countless hours climbing over stacks of wood in his father’s lumberyard, is inspired by natural structures and grown patterns. He’s also tuned into the beauty and hidden patterns in the urban world.
“My intention is to be receptive to the world’s many artistic and visual influences and the infinite variety of stimuli they provide,” he says.