Art nouveau: The man with the golden touch
At 75, Rudolf Heltzel is firmly established as a living legend of Irish jewellery design
Four pieces of jewellery by master goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel are laid out carefully before me. The sparkle of white gold, blue topaz, tourmaline, smokey quartz and sapphire catches plenty of covetous eyes.
Heltzel’s pieces – abstract, Art Nouveau, often architectural in design – are described as wearable art, or “sculpture plus one”. Their maker has been described as a living Renaissance master, a craftsman who continues to use ancient techniques to create iconic pieces. His...
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