July's Artist of the Month - Petra Class

Petra Class Artisan Jewelry - Goldsmith - Contemporary JewelryDonLo Mercantile features Petra Class



More about Petra Class:

After immigrating from Germany, Petra Class, a classically trained goldsmith, founded a small jewelry design studio in San Francisco. Since then it has grown into an atelier where a small team of gifted metal smiths creates an ever-growing collection of sculptural, contemporary jewelry. High karat gold and gemstones are fabricated into wearable works of art.

Petra Class was educated in Germany. After studying art history and philosophy at the University of Stuttgart she pursued a rigorous tradition education in gold smithing and design before moving with her husband to his native San Francisco. Her classical training and connection to the cutting edge European design world combine with the organic and nature inspired attitude of California to create Petraʼs very own unmistakable vocabulary.

In a way, she uses the colors of gems as painters use pigment, creating juxtapositions that are a joy to wear.

Pink tourmalines and blue sapphires, both in their natural shape and form, are wrapped in their settings, almost becoming one with the gold that encases them.

Impressionistic. Improvisational. Unexpected. Rhythmical. Petra’s work surpasses these descriptions. They’re more than the sum of their individual elements, and more than the sum of words that can only approximate their qualities.