Established in 1968, Atelier Zobel has become a byword for highly individual, bold and emotive jewelry. Founded by Michael Zobel, the atelier is now under the direction of his former apprentice and business partner Peter Schmid. Nature provides the raw materials, and Peter crafts the dialogue between the natural crystalline structures of the gemstones and avant-garde art. It is this ornamental interplay and contrast that makes his pieces truly alluring. His metalwork transitions between platinum, gold and silver, all accenting a rainbow of precious gems or other natural phenomenon like meteorites, fossils and baroque pearls.
Each piece is first sketched by Peter. Patterns and structures emerge from the cobblestone streets of his historic hometown of Constance, Germany, as well as the offbeat urban scenes he encounters on his global travels. The concept is then realized by fusing together precious metals of contrasting colors. This process allows the metals to bond and creates a distinct surface into which phenomenal gems are set, resulting in a unique object of avant-garde art.
Peter sees himself as both a craftsman and an artist, whose creativity is not limited by scale, materials or traditional forms.
“Each piece I create is unique because each person is unique. My work has a bold personality. It’s colorful, intense, erotic. When I think of beauty, I think of sophistication. A sexy, confident woman, not afraid to provoke – that’s my muse. She’s complicated but worth it, like the jewelry we create.” The result is a unique collection of jewelry for people who strive to be distinctive and authentic.