Discover the architecturally influenced VERTEX collection by Kathy Kraus


Kathy Kraus' VERTEX collection captures the city skline

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Katharina Kraus is a fine jewellery designer and maker from Munich, Germany. She first graduated from the Berufsfachschule für Glas- und Schmuck, Neugablonz in 2007. In 2016 she graduated from the Städtische Meisterschule für das Gold- und Silberschmiedehandwerk in Munich with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Katharina is currently completing her Master’s in Jewellery Design at the Central St. Martins University in London. With more than 10 years of experience in the luxury and jewellery sector Katharina is delighted to have launched her first fine jewellery collection this year. 

Kathy’s graduate collection VERTEX, uses natural light reflection in custom-cut gemstones and visually references the angled lines found in the architecture of cityscapes and deep carved lines in stone and concrete. Translucent Agate and transparent Quartz are combined with a wide array of transparent coloured stones.

Originally from Munich, where no building is taller than the city centre church, Kathy’s fascination is sparked by the angled lines of skyscrapers against the ever-changing sky. The soft light reflections within the hand carved stones contrast with the precise visual geometries of the regular cut gems. 

Altitude and elevation are central aspects in the pieces, each gemstone being either angled to or away from the body and the wearers gaze. Visual effects transpire that flicker and change when the pieces are worn. Each piece explores the relationship between idea, design, maker and material, using hand-craft traditional techniques and tools. 

Kathy believes in a fundamental connection between an object and the process of how it was made.  In hand making, maker and material, idea and its realisation are more closely linked and counter a sense of disconnection from the tangible experience in modern times. Jewellery becomes more relatable, when origin and production are comprehensible. The collection is aimed at women who look for one-off pieces or a bespoke alternative as a modern heirloom.  


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Jessica Green


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