Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Tabula, 1997, necklace

 

Lapis (1997) was inspired by a true alchemistic process, the search for the ‘philosophers’ stone’ (lapis philosophorum). The mysterious cause for this collection was a quote taken from an old alchemist text: “Grind the stone to a very fine powder and put it into the sharpest vinegar, and it will at once be dissolved into the philosophical water”. Peters started creating his own stones by grinding precious minerals and mixing the grit with liquid acrylic and then pouring this material into moulds taken from other minerals. 

Excerpted from Jewellery Is My Laboratory by Liesbeth den Besten, Metalsmith Magazine, July, 2007

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Matrix, 1997, brooch, 18K gold, sulphur, 3.31 x 1.38 x 1.97 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Collier Citrininitas, 1997, silver, sulfur, rubber, 1.97 x 1.77 x 1.1 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Rebus, 1997, brooch, tourmaline, 2.17 x 1.02 x 1.61 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Collier Rota, 1997, silver, gold 18K, crushed garnet, rubber, 3.66 x 3.15 x 1.38 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Rebus, 1997, brooch: malachite, 2.17 x 1.06 x 1.77 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Rebus, 1997, brooch: malachite, 2.17 x 1.06 x 1.77 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Finger, 1997, pendant, silver, plaster, stone, 3.94 x 1.5 x 1.18 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Rebus, 1997, brooch, malachite, 2.13 x 1.02 x 1.77 inches

Ruudt Peters Lapis

Lapis Retort, 1997, brooch, silver, chemical tourmaline, 2.13 x .98 x .79 inches

Biography

Beginning in the 1970's, Ruudt Peters, a pioneering Dutch conceptual jewellery artist, challenged traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, materials and presentation. A leader in art jewellery in Holland, Peters exemplifies a mode of expression that is unmistakably Dutch.

He has exerted a strong influence on the development of contemporary jewellery as an artist and as a professor at some of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm, where he was teaching till 2009. At the moment Peters is professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery school, Florence, Italy