Leiden, Zuid-Holland. Netherlands
Sometimes her inspiration comes in a dream, but often the experienced goldsmith gets her inspiration from the material with which she is working with at that moment. By translating ancient techniques to modern methods, and the will to make the impossible possible remains a challenge to continually rediscover the material with which she has been working with for such a long time.
After Goldsmith Tradeschool in Schoonhoven (The Netherlands) Sonja Hunefeld worked as a goldsmith, jeweler and product-manager abroad. Since 2010 she has been creating unique handmade jewelry as an independent goldsmith. Pure Silver and 18 kt red gold in particular are favorites, but also metals such as zirconium and platinum are quite familiar to her.
Materials: Sterling Silver, 18 kt red gold
Dimensions: Ring size 58
From the serie Kasteelvrouwe (Lady Castle)
If there ever was a time when appearances represented who you were, this was during the Middle Ages. Colorful fabrics and jewels expressed your identity and status.
The jewelry from the series ‘Lady Castle’ of Goldsmith Sonja Hunefeld are therefore for the woman who is not afraid to show herself off. The unusual combinations of pure materials are reserved to the confident, strong woman with an eye for detail and refinement.
For this series, Sonja uses the ancient granulation technique adapted to the materials with which she works now. By using this trick of the trade for granulation, she can fuse metals that normally don’t fuse together. The design refers to a subtle wink to the Middle Ages. All pieces of jewelry have their own medieval name.
Photo credit: Sonja Hunefeld