About the creation process ...
I love to wear jewelry. Unable to find pieces that match my taste I began designing my own.
Contemporary styles combined with unusual materials are my preference. In my designs it matters to me that every piece of jewelry creatively reflects the personality of the woman who wears it.
Luckily my husband is a Master Goldsmith and he can turn my design ideas into extraordinary pieces of art. We are a perfect team as I love to design and he is passionate about crafting my ideas.
We invite you to enjoy our creations
Adelheid Kowollik born in 1954 in East Berlin, developed her vivid imagination and creative spirit as a young child while growing up in her grandmother's castle where she lived with her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Later the family relocated to Frankfurt and Adelheid studied accounting. In 1978 she married Wilfried Kowollik and in 1979 their daughter, Vanessa, was born. Before moving to California in 2001, Adelheid and Wilfried owned a jewelry store with a workshop in Germany where the couple's designs were created and sold.
Despite the fact that Adelheid never completed an apprenticeship or formal training in the goldsmith profession, she discovered and developed her natural talent for jewelry design over the course of her marriage to Wilfried. Friends and family were immediately impressed when Adelheid first began wearing her own original designs and set in motion the marketing of her jewelry creations. Adelheid has a special gift bringing out the personality of her customer by creating unique jewelry designs. Her use of unusual materials - such as dyed fur, combined with her love for playing with surface treatments of gold, make her pieces conversation starters. Many of her pieces are limited edition.
Owner and Founder
Wilfried Kowollik creates one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art for clients who desire an original design fashioned from new materials or one that incorporates elements (stones and precious metals) from an existing piece of treasured jewelry that requires updating or has a special meaning. Wilfried begins by talking with customers to determine their jewelry design preferences.
Then, combining a sense of what a client imagines with his technical expertise, a sketch is made by hand or by CAD computer design. Then a wax carving is made, which allows the customer to see the piece in three dimensions – this allows the customer not only to see how the piece will look but also how it will feel and fit. Once the client is satisfied with the design, Wilfried returns to his workbench to create the finished piece.
New Designs for Inherited Jewelry
If your grandmother or a loved one has left you a ring that is of significant value to you, but you prefer a more contemporary style, you can have the ring redesigned by Aurum to fit your own style. Those who have lost a spouse can honor their marriage with a piece re-fashioned from their wedding band: Aurum Designs has made widow rings for many clients.
The Possibilities are Endless
Everything is possible at Aurum. Each piece of jewelry created by Aurum master designer Wilfried Kowollik is a unique, one-of-a-kind treasure. Whether you desire a necklace, earrings, rings or a brooch set to match another piece of jewelry you already own, or a
one-of-a-kind pair of cuff links, anything is possible.
Materials, Precious Metals, and Gemstones
Wilfried Kowollik works with all shades of gold (white, yellow, rose, red, and green) as well as in platinum and silver. He also works with a variety of stones, such as diamonds, pearls, rubies and emeralds, as well as with other precious and semi-precious stones that can be set in a variety of ways. Wilfried also incorporates other natural materials, including elk teeth, fur, and seashells, as well as leaves and twigs. For the owner of a coffee company, Wilfried created necklaces, brooches and earrings with a coffee bean as well as a brooch that was a jewel-encrusted version of the company’s logo.