Marking 50 years of superb craftmanship

The Rudolf Heltzel Gallery will be showcasing Rudolf"s "Fire Opal and Onyx" collection to mark 50 years since he was brought to Kilkenny to set up the Jewellery and Metalsmith workshop for the Kilkenny Design Workshops.

The pendants that will be on display feature mainly Mexican fire opal and onyx; these precious gemstones dictated the form of Rudolf's designs. All were made using the the oldest and most traditional of jewellery making techniques, skills that have slowly been disappearing elsewhere around in the world

Probably first known to the Aztecs, the Mexican fire opals set into these Rudolf Heltzel pendants are, unusually for opals, transparent. They display a rich orange colour and a slight iridescence. A colourful array of precious gemstones compliment the fire opals in this body of work; these include carnelian, natural rare white diamonds, smokey quartz, tanzanite and tsavorite.

The exhibition will be open during the Kilkenny Arts Festival

Monday - Saturday - 9.30am - 1pm, 2pm - 5.30pm (closed 1-2) and Sundays 1 - 5pm (7th and 14th August only)

Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, 10 Patrick Street, Kilkenny

tel 056 7721497

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