An icon of Irish craft and design Rudolf Heltzel is one of the finest designers worldwide. Over the past six decades Rudolf Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality and quality of his work, each piece having a timeless aesthetic, crafted meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. His timeless designs and impeccable workmanship have won him international acclaim.
Originally from Berlin, Germany, Rudolf Heltzel was invited to Ireland in 1966 by an Córas Tráchtála, the Irish Export Board. He set up and led the trail-blazing gold and silver studio-workshops at the government sponsored Kilkenny Design Workshops. In 1968 he established his own workshop in Kilkenny where he, his son Christopher and their employees and apprentices still work today. Here platinum, 18 carat gold and precious stones are worked into magnificent pieces of wearable art.
For Rudolf jewellery-making is part of a living cultural heritage and he takes inspiration from the history, mythology and symbolism of precious metals and stones. Rudolf Heltzel has made his passion for creating distinctive jewellery a reality and his pieces are collector’s items with four generations owning and wearing Rudolf Heltzel. His advice, and help with developing new collections of jewellery, has been sought by jewellery manufacturers in the Far East, South East Asia, the Near East and in the Caribbean. Both in Ireland and abroad he has been instrumental in establishing training opportunities for jewellery makers and keeping ancient traditional skills alive.