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From Inhorgenta in Munich: Meet Barbara Haas & Her Über Feminine & Fairy-Tale Jewelry

Bands in 24k gold-plated silver with lacquer, €500 apiece; email b.haas@barbara-haas.de

Munich. Feb. 21, 2020. Fourth-generation German artist Barbara Haas Di Giorgi of Barbara Haas has combined all the talents of her family before her—a grandfather who made ornaments for canes and her painter mother—to create jewelry with a strong signature style.

An education in goldsmithing in Pforzheim, Germany (where she is now based), and sculpture in Italy helped her hone natural talents to create a keenly feminine and baroque-infused aesthetic in sterling silver, 24k gold-plated silver, and 18k gold, all with fired-on lacquer. “My jewelry is feminine, ornamental, and timeless,” explained Haas.

Common themes are flowers, animals, and other nature motifs coupled with plump scrolls and vine-like flourishes and hearts. Haas carves each new jewel in wax before making molds, and gemstone choices include mined and synthetic gems. Styles include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings as well as ample selections of charms and lockets, all which have helped to build up a large collector base given her 37 years in business.

“I have clients who get addicted to my pieces,” she added. “They can’t have just one or two.”

Haas’s designs are widely sold in Europe; Americans can order pieces from abroad. She doesn’t sell directly to consumers but is happy to point shoppers to specific merchants for purchase. Retail prices start at $100.

Jewelry designer Barbara Haas Di Giorgi of Barbara Haas at the recently held Inhorgenta fair in Munich

Jewelry designer Barbara Haas Di Giorgi of Barbara Haas at the recently held Inhorgenta fair in Munich

Bands in 24k gold-plated silver with lacquer, €500 apiece; email b.haas@barbara-haas.de

Bands in 24k gold-plated silver with lacquer, €500 apiece; email b.haas@barbara-haas.de

Locket necklace in 24k gold-plated silver with lacquer, €970; email b.haas@barbara-haas.de

Locket necklace in 24k gold-plated silver with lacquer, €970; email b.haas@barbara-haas.de

Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with purple garnets and diamonds, $1,300 at K.Jon’s

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