Anni Biederman has been designing and creating one of a kind jewelry for over 40 years.
Painstakingly designed, laid out, and arranged until her eye is happy with the result, Anni makes each piece herself.
The techniques are drawn from ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Rome, Greece, Byzantium and Mesopotamia. Anni’s finished jewelry is most frequently left in a raw state to resemble something found on an archaeological dig.
Anni not only works in beautiful pure 22k, but she mixes metals such as 22k, 21k and silver in many of her newer works of jewelry art. She selects stones, amulets, beads and pearls with an eye for the old, the unusual and the powerful.
“Since childhood I have been fascinated by ancient cultures, their arts and artifacts. Luckily people of long ago buried treasures with their dead so much of their history has remained alive for us to learn from. I feel the jewelry made by these ancient artisans is extremely beautiful, filled with both myth and magic. When I discovered a school that taught these techniques I was beside myself with joy. My studies enabled me to create pieces that look as though they might have been found in ancient tombs.
The techniques of granulation, fusing, soldering, chasing, repousse, forming, raising and Kum Boo are all mixed together in my work. I enrich the 22k gold and leave it unpolished so that it takes on a rich patina from being worn. The color of the gold is magnificent and enticing. I want the wearer to feel a link to the past, to own a piece of jewelry that has soul and beauty, much the same as the ancient people.
Much of the jewelry manufactured today is lacking in soul. My audience is that person who loves owning a piece of art. That first Biederman piece usually is the beginning of a ‘collection.’ I make things that I think are beautiful and feel wonderful to wear.
My curiosity, and thirst for knowledge and learning, always leads me to explore new techniques and try them out. I am never afraid to make a ‘mistake’ or try out something I have not done before. It is this thrill of exploration, discovery and beauty that keep me forever fascinated and imaginative in my creations.”
Current pieces of Anni Biederman’s work for sale at Studio 22k: