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Daniela Malev


workshop brooch mechanism: two sides - one story                                                                                                     website www.daniela-malev.de



In the field of contemporary jewellery, the brooch is a very common and also much discussed form of jewellery. One of the special challenges of making a good brooch is to find an adequate solution for the pin which connects the piece securely to the body, but goes beyond being a mere functional and invisible part of the backside. It should be an essential part of the brooch in terms of content and aesthetics.

I am convinced that fastening and attachment of a brooch hold a tremendous potential for the design and the content of a brooch in its entirety. When the front side and back side of a brooch are not treated separately, but are developed with equal importance, they can culminate in a brooch whose statement, aesthetics and functionality are equally integrated into the piece and correlate.

In March 2017 she published her book "To The Point- pin mechanisms and brooch back design", which is a compendium on brooches and pin mechanisms.


apprenticeship in goldsmithing, Dresden, Germany

Master Craftman´s Certificate and Design Certificate, Staatliche Zeichenakademie Hanau, Professional School for Jewellery and Design, Hanau, Germany

BA and MFA in Gemstone and Jewellery, University of Applied Sciences Trier/Idar-Oberstein, Germany

exchange studies, Alchimia, Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy

lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany

Daniela Malev has travelled a lot and likes to gather and exchange ideas and knowledge. She has lived, worked and studied abroad in the USA, Mexico and Italy. 

One of her special fields of interest is brooch backs and pin mechanisms and their integration into the design of the whole brooch.

works by Daniela Malev