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Rike Riegels-Winsauer

Rike Riegels-Winsauer Goldsmith
German, English
By appointment only
+49 72166486766
©Burkhard Riegels

Bringing materials to life

  • • Rike's work is anchored in the use of traditional techniques and tools
  • • She makes jewellery pieces that fit the wearer's personality
  • • She believes each material has a story to tell

For Rike Riegels-Winsauer the work of a goldsmith can be understood as the endeavour to work out the unique characteristics of each material and to combine them in the most wonderful way in a piece of jewellery. She is enchanted by the light of gemstones, the warm shine of gold, the shimmer of pearls. Rike first pursued an apprenticeship in gold embroidery at the renowned Paramentic School Kaiserswerth, followed by years of study with Professor Sepp Schmölzer in Salzburg at the Goldsmith’s School, and later at the University of Applied Sciences for Design in Pforzheim with Professor Klaus Ulrich. During this time, Rike developed her notable design language. For decades her works have been successfully exhibited in galleries around the globe.

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  • ©Burkhard Riegels
  • ©Burkhard Riegels
  • ©Burkhard Riegels
  • ©Burkhard Riegels
  • ©Burkhard Riegels
Photo: ©Burkhard Riegels

This object is made with crocheted bronze over a central glass globe.

Photo: ©Burkhard Riegels
Lucky bullet machine

This is made with crocheted bronze over glass parts. Metal beads and wires complete the piece.

Photo: ©Burkhard Riegels
Aquamarine diamond necklace

This necklace is made with a 77 carat aquamarine, set in fine gold and sterling silver design.

Photo: ©Burkhard Riegels
Gold bobbin lace necklace

In this necklace, an ebony sickle is covered with fine gold lace. The cord is made of leather.

Photo: ©Burkhard Riegels
Tourmaline necklace

This necklace boasts a reddish tourmaline set in fine gold, yellow gold and sterling silver.

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