8th November - 31st January 2002

Limited Edition, December 2001 review of Schmuck

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Whether you are flamboyant or prefer to bIend into the background - jewellery can help you make a real statement.
Those who dare to wear this Christmas will dazzle with large bright pendants and bold earrings, while others who want to be seen, but in a more subtle way, tend to opt for the more delicate designs.
In Bradford's cultural quarter - Salts Mill in Saltaire - Kath Libbert has set up her own emporium of unique jewellery sourced from contemporary designers not only at home, but abroad.
Her debut international show Schmuck (German for jewellery) - is up and running until January 3 I .
The exhibition showcases the work of five contemporary German jewellers and gives Yorkshire folk the chance to buy pieces they wouldn't find anywhere else in Britain.
Ursula Hofmann's range of unique hand-dyed silk neck and arm ruffles, as well as pom-pom style earrings has flamboyant stamped all over it
"They are just fun and can brighten up anything you are wearing," says Kath.
For those who want to be different, but prefer more simplistic styles, there is also a vast selection of everyday-wear rings, bracelets and earrings in silver, gold, or a combination of the two.
Earrings featured here are stylish clip-ons, but also suitable for those with pierced ears. The earrings, from German goldsmith Anna Gluck's range, are unique because they are hand-formed. Their composition is a mixture of 24ct gold and stirling silver, yet they are comfortably lightweight.
Brooches, the one featured here is a platinum silver heart, can be worn during a daytime function and transformed into a stunning pendant by night for that glamorous occasion.
And this combination set is a bargain, considering you effectively get two for the price of one. This item is I 77 for the brooch and you pay an extra 30 for the special torque wire neckpiece to display your pendant.
The torque wire is specially-designed to be invisible, and it comes in different lengths so you can capture different looks from choker-style to drop pendant.
"It is designed to look like the item is floating on your body," says Kath.
Another unique neck-piece is the reversible pendant - a circular design in gold on one side and silver on the other costing 233.
"It helps you to re-invent your own jewellery and gets a fresh look every time you put it on," says Kath.
German designer Barbara Schmidt has also incorporated versatility into her range. Her funky Gordian Knot rings have plastic, coloured inserts which can be matched to the colour of your outfit.
The rings, which are sterling silver, are 87 for a single twist design and the coloured inserts are 4 each.
Says Kath: "They are not going to be to everyone's tastes, but they are for people who want to appreciate something which has been hand crafted."
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk