Combining traditional craft with contemporary design and materials, German jewelry designer Rike Bartels creates modern masterpieces that can just as soon be worn as be seen in museums, such as the Victoria and Albert in London. A student of industrial design in her native country, Bartels moved to Italy where her inspirations and designs began to take shape. Greatly influenced by the Italian landscape, she references volcanic glass from Stromboli and olive tress as some of her creative sources. Her divine creations of dissimilar shapes fuse mixed materials, such as raw gemstones and glass shards, with 22-karat gold. Employing vibrant metals and materials such as coral, tourmaline, porcelain, and Murano glass, her contemporary creations are colorful compositions meant to delight the eye.