Munich Trip 2011

Munich Trip 2011 - Genna Design

Before my visit to Munich in February I did a little research on jewellery galleries. I also asked some people to advise places to visit so I got the most out of my research trip. I got there a day and half before Inhorgenta started so had the chance to get settled in my hotel and visit some galleries before the show.

In Germany – it is a little different from Britain with regards to how the jewellers work – the jewellers have their own small retail outlet/gallery/shop with their workshop in the back rather than have an artist studio and sell through galleries.

The display was very minimal with no busts or display blocks the jewellery was just displayed as it is.

I managed to visit a lot of small galleries, some of which we randomly found and others that I planned to see. These included:

Galerie Spektrum which had very conceptual jewellery made from non precious materials, interesting but mostly not wearable pieces.

I visited Galerie Biro as it is devoted to plastic jewellery and was really looking forward to seeing the pieces but it had weird opening times so was closed when I was there. It was also situated in a residential area, which was weird to see a gallery in-between lots of flats and houses.

Goldbraun was fantastic as it mixed home made chocolate with contemporary jewellery. There was some really nice jewellery here but I couldn’t resist buying some chocolate. Tastie good!

While wondering I also came across Gallie Jewels a very tiny shop that didn’t have much in it as she had just opened but had nice pieces in the window.

Hillmanns also had some amazing pieces and I nearly treated myself to a titanium, gold leaf and resin ring – stunning! But went for the cheaper option of a black and red wooden ring.

Inge Mayer Goldschmiede Galerie had a stunning mix of high end pieces – totally mind blowing work and a really nice lady.

Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein (BKV) is an organisation for the professional crafts sector with approximately 400 members working in jewellery, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. I managed to find their gallery and what a fantastic large space. It was like a trendy product design shop but with handmade pieces! Amazing work.

And finally Artefact was a mix of gorgeous contemporary jewellery with nice textiles and clothes. There was so many nice rings in here too. I nearly bought a square silver and felt ring from Michaela Binder who happened to be exhibiting at Inhorgenta so I got the chance to meet her and see her full range at the show. Artefact also stocked Esther Ackermann and Monika Jakubec rings which I also loved and they were also exhibiting at Inhorgenta. It’s really inspiring meeting other designers and see how they work.

On the last day we decided to visit some museums as they we all very close together and had found out it’s cheaper and some cases free on a Sunday. The Pinakothek Der Moderne was fantastic and mixed with modern art, design, architecture and also had a large selection of contemporary jewellery in the basement. The basement was very dark and only the cabinets were lit so some pictures are a bit poor. The jewellery pieces down here were more conceptual than wearable but interesting nonetheless.

There are some pictures of the basement and me looking in one of the desk cabinets. There were also standing cabinets built into the walls with really unusual large neckpieces and other conceptual bits.

They had a few pieces of one of my favourite jewellers Friedrich Becker who made fantastic kinetic jewellery.

Testimonials

Can't thank you enough it was exactly as we asked for and a lot more x better start saving for the Eternity ring you're going to be making next for June .... a very happy couple xx

Sean

My family bought me a voucher for a 1:1 workshop to make a silver ring for my Birthday. Genna's workshops are informative in the process of jewellery making and good fun. Genna has a lovely teaching style.

Best of all you go home with a beautiful ring you made.

I would definitely do another workshop and if I could give Genna 10 stars I would. Thank you.

Samantha

Picked up my Wedding Ring today and words can't describe how happy I am. It looks amazing. Few wee (happy) tears on the way home. Thank you so much. p.s. thank you from my "Mum" too xxx

June

Genna design recently carried out a repair on my wife's engagement ring. I could not fault Genna's workmanship and the cost of the repair was very competitive. I would not hesitate to return in the future.

Michael

I had a fantastic time on Saturday, thanks Genna for being patient. Love my ring. Robert asked what I was making next so I might be back. Thanks once again for a great day x

Liz

Had a lovely day with Genna making our wedding rings! What a great touch to add to our special day! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to make their wedding rings, more than just a ring!

Stephanie 2018

Genna created my engagement and wedding ring and they are absolutely beyond perfect! She really took her time at the initial consultation and went over all of the tiniest details - when we got the pictures of the finished rings I was totally blown away - they were exactly what I had pictured in my head, if not better!!

Jessica

Genna, it was lovely to meet you last evening and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the beautiful necklace. It is truly gorgeous. What a talent you have. I've not taken it off since last Thursday! I was even wearing it for Crufts all weekend!

Keep following your dream!

Jenny Campbell 2018

Really enjoyable and educational day, we both had loads of fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to make there own personalised ring

Gordon & Gill

As Alison and Ron’s neighbours we have witnessed first hand this special and devoted love and the beautiful commission pieces you made reflect beautifully their enduring love . Alison wears them with humble pride.

Yvonne

Today my mother enjoyed her Christmas treat from us – a four hour ring making class with jeweller Genna Delaney. She totally loved it and has made a wonderful ring. She reckons Genna is a natural teacher. As a former head teacher she’s good at spotting such talents. If you want to learn jewellery making then Genna is the person to see!

Prof Mike Press

Whoah this blog is fantastic. I love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you can aid them greatly.

Natalie

I'm over the moon with my ring! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece which means so much to me. I absolutely love it.

Irene 2018

Thanks so much for the beautiful ring I bought yesterday!! Will be in touch about a commission a piece soon!!

Julia Wang, NY

Genna has lots of lovely jewellery to buy. The best things are bespoke though. She made me a few unique items using much loved heirlooms and updating them.

Bonnie Lee, TX