Jewels by Rebekka Notkin are born of a passion for timeless elegance. Inspired by the magic of history, each individually crafted design has a unique story to share with the world.
Rebekka Notkin is a jewellery designer at heart: “New ideas can pop up anywhere and at any time. I am very passionate about my work, and to me the border between work and leisure is quite fluid. That is why I always carry a sketchbook in my bag to jot down my thoughts and ideas,” she says.
Rebekka Notkin then turns her ideas into refined designs; sketches become working models and materials are selected. Precious metals are pliable by nature, allowing you to shape them by hand using a number of different tools. Indeed, the metals are often heated to retain their pliability while soldering the different part and shaping the claws or channel settings to hold the gemstones. The joints are then refined with a file and sandpaper before the process is concluded by polishing the jewel to bring out its lustre.
Rebekka Notkin graduated as a goldsmith in 1996 and opened her first boutique and atelier in 1997 in Fortunstræde, Copenhagen. She inherited her passionate approach to craftsmanship from her father and grandfather. Her father was a goldsmith by profession, whereas her grandfather was a dental technician. And her collection of tools includes those inherited from both her ancestors.
Rebekka Notkin has never regretted her decision for a moment: “It’s fantastic to be a goldsmith and to create beautiful jewellery. I value the personal contact with the clients greatly. Being a goldsmith makes you quite vulnerable since each creation is very personal.”
© portrait by asger mortensen
Gold and gemstones enjoy a perfect setting in Rebekka Notkin’s light-drenched Boutique and Atelier with its amazing old goldsmith’s tools. Beauty and craftsmanship rule supreme in her Copenhagen atelier where she has welcomed her clients since early 2009.
“I view meeting my clients as a private, confidential experience and a way to learn about the special value my designs are given through the stories and occasions that bring the client to me. That’s quite fantastic. And that’s why I give great emphasis to meeting my clients in a very welcoming and personal ambiance.”
© pictures by asger mortensen & hordur ingason
“I am particularly fond of the eclectic style of Art Deco from an epoque where art and architecture gave weight to both elegance and functionality. The luxurious and surprising diversity of this style and the many compositions of patterns, materials and shapes are a great inspiration.”
© all pictures by asger mortensen for elle decoration, january 2016
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