EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL HAS A SOUL
During a walk in the woods as a young child, Colleen B. Rosenblat found by chance a big smokey quartz in the forest floor, which she instantly excavated. Since then she was fascinated by gemstones. After taking her school-leaving exams and subsequent trips to gemstone mines in Australia and Indonesia, she studied at the Gemology Institute of America in Los Angeles. Following her graduation, she studied gemology at Idar-Oberstein, Germany, completed a goldsmith apprenticeship in Frankfurt am Main and finished her training with a diploma for jewelry design at the famous Parsons School in New York. She subsequently worked as a freelance goldsmith in the USA and Germany. Since more than twenty five years Colleen B. Rosenblat has been living in Hamburg, running a workshop and showroom in a stylishly converted coach house close to the river Alster.
COLLEEN B. ROSENBLAT has a unique way of focusing her work on the special characteristics of each gemstone, and highlighting it through clear design. Whether tourmaline, tanzanite, ruby or diamond – each artistically realised piece of jewellery is ultimately as individual as its wearer.
In her workshop she creates pieces of timeless beauty which respect the nature of the gems and embed them in individually conceived forms. No piece of jewellery is like another, each one is unique. It is not just flawless diamonds that engage her interest, but also luminous gems with veining and inclusions which have a story to tell, and become highly distinctive creations under her skilled craftswoman’s hands. Echoes of ancient artefacts are intentional, Egyptian symbols or classical lines become citations from past times, which we re-encounter in a contemporary setting.
In contrast to the resonant clarity of her pieces, her studio is tucked away in a quiet location. COLLEEN B. ROSENBLAT intentionally chose an old coach house in the refined Harvestehude area of Hamburg-Germany. In collaboration with star US designer Michael Gabellini, she designed a spectacular showroom and workshop – a perfect symbiosis of wood, light and stone, with extravagant furniture by George Nakashima. In April 2000, the American Institute of Architects in Philadelphia awarded this building the “Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture”.