Born in Heilbronn, Germany, Barbara Heinrich grew up in the vineyards of her family’s winery. Used to keeping herself busy, she collected pods, snail shells and broken glass pieces to make jewelry. She strung together dyed noodles and dried them in the sun to make necklaces.
“The inspiration to make jewelry has always been with me,” she tells.
Graduating from dried noodles she worked with glass beads and silver wire jewelry as a teen, selling her pieces on a piece of velvet on the streets of her home town. Eventually she signed up for jewelry instruction and after graduating with top honors in Germany she won a scholarship to continue her studies in the United States. Here she earned a masters degree from RIT,
met her husband Gregory, a doctor of chiropractic and built a studio
with beautiful light open space, arched windows and skylights.
Just as her jewelry is a delicate balance between hard geometric lines and
flowing organic shapes, her life is a balance between raising her two teenage children
Tanya and Timo and spending time in her studio. Heinrich welcomes this challenge stating that
it forces her to live completely in the present time consciousness. In her free time,
Heinrich enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing and ballroom dancing.
Barbara Heinrich finds inspiration in many forms of art, nature, architecture and music. Her jewelry transforms the images and ideas in her mind into material form, bringing her inspirited designs to life as wearable pieces of art. Barbara’s work is hand fabricated directly in her studio. Using mainly traditional goldsmith techniques and tools, she and her team of talented and professionally trained jewelers create pieces that display the unique multi-textured finishes in 18 karat gold that Barbara has become known and recognized for. She combines colorful precious stones with the soft nature of brushed gold to create pieces of jewelry that embody the union between classic and contemporary design.