Meerglanz: JEWELLERY FOR INDIVIDUALISTS INSPIRED BY THE SECRETS OF THE OCEAN
TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: MEERGLANZ
Looking at the ocean, everyone has their own individual story to tell – and most of them come from a place of happiness. Jewellery designer Katrin Ollech has found her source of inspiration in the varied flora and fauna of the ocean. As a child, she dreamed of travelling on the Nautilus and of being a little mermaid. With ‘Meerglanz’, today, she makes her oceanic dreams wearable.
“All my pieces are unique – just like people,” says jewellery designer Katrin Ollech. “What inspires me is the feeling of being close to the ocean and the diverse connections people have with it,” she explains. “Everyone has their own story.” Looking at the ‘Baltic Queen’ earrings, with their large faceted amber drops, might remind its wearer of childhood summers spent at the Baltic coast, searching the sand for tiny pieces of amber to take home as a trophy. The ‘Frozen Daiquiri’ earrings, with their coral star and snow quartz drops on the other hand, can bring up memories of evenings spent in a seaside bar, watching the coral-coloured sunset.
Her latest ‘Rescue Collection’, while beautiful in design, is inspired by environmental struggles and, with the sale of each piece, Katrin Ollech supports various environmental projects. “This is close to my heart,” she says. The ‘Jump Out’ earrings, for instance, show two art-deco style jumping dolphins. They are hand carved from cameo of sardonica conch and were inspired by the shocking killing of dolphins that is still happening in different parts of the world. Overfishing and the threat to Antarctica are also topics that Katrin Ollech tackles in her beautiful pieces. In her collections, the designer indeed uses many materials from the ocean, such as pearls, shells or corals. “For every coral I use I plant a new one,” she says. Katrin Ollech donates to Coral Gardener, an NGO that restores dying coral reefs.
Katrin Ollech had, for a long time, worked in top management positions, but she never lost her creativity, artistic roots and her love for the ocean and seaside. After her retirement, she decided to reinvent herself and follow her artistic instinct. Her jewellery is also aimed at businesswomen, who are not afraid to stand out and combine the classic business suit with some luxurious and feminine statement earrings, a bold ring or a delicate necklace with star-shaped pearls.
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