Mention jewelry and the first thing that comes to mind are the expensive pieces made from gold and silver, encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. Of course, such jewelry is out of reach for most. But here’s a German jewelry designer, named Britta Boeckmann, who doesn’t use any precious metals or stones to create her jewelry.
It’d really surprise you to know that she creates her jewelry from sand and resin! One look at her exquisite jewelry and you’d know that it’s something really special. How she uses these basic materials to handcraft her jewelry is something to be seen to be believed.
The seed of creativity was always there in Boeckmann as a child. Since her father owned a hardware store, she got a free hand to use all the tools and materials available there. Here she experimented with her creative ideas and explored all forms of subjects.
Boeckmann’s passion for ornate things led her to do an internship with a British jewelry design company. This exposure was enough to ignite her imagination to design unique jewelry that’s accessible to all. She used her creativity as a stepping stone to begin a career in Industrial Design.
It was in Australia, where Boeckmann moved in 2013, that she joined a local woodworking group and began learning techniques to create her nature-inspired jewelry. It was her creative eye and a keen sense of designing that enabled her to combine colorful resin with scraps of timber to create exquisite pieces of jewelry.
Nature inspires Boeckmann and the stunning shorelines of Australia really fascinated her. She took it upon herself to capture this unique scenery by combining beach sand, metal pigments, and ultramarine blue resin into her popular ‘Aqua Collection’ that includes exquisite pendants, necklaces, brooches, rings, earrings, and bangles.
You can purchase her jewelry from her online shop, BoldB, that she established with her brother-in-law and also from her Etsy shop. All this, at a fraction of the price, what you’d pay for real jewelry. For BoldB, it’s not only about earning money, but also supporting Water.org to provide one year of safe water to one person in need.