Rudolf Heltzel | In Precious Metal

Master goldsmith and an icon of Irish craft and design, Rudolf Heltzel presents a solo exhibition of his exceptional sculptural pendants.

Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality, quality and timeless aesthetic of his craftsmanship with each piece created meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. This exhibition, In Precious Metal, will showcase many of Heltzel’s most ambitious and technically complex designs, selected from his personal archive together with newly produced work. Three of his most significant collections of scultptural pendants will be presented; Rock Crystal Treasure Cave, Tourmaline Butterflies and his brand new Druze Collection.

For Heltzel, jewellery making is part of a living cultural heritage and he takes inspiration from the history, mythology and symbolism of precious metals and stones. Heltzel is renowned for pushing to the limits the design and technical skills of precious jewellery making. He carefully selects unique and extraordinary, precious gemstones which are the basis of his stunning sculptural designs in 18ct gold, sterling silver and platinum. Settings are carefully designed to show individual stones to their best advantage. His distinctive designs are collectors’ items, with four generations owning and wearing Rudolf Heltzel.


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02 February to 18 April 2018


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny


Free event

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm Sunday + Bank Holidays 11am - 5.30pm Closed Mondays

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