Gail
Custom made filigree ring with amethysts, on the occasion of clients' 50th birthday. A refined and nostalgic filigree ring can be made to order in your desired width and size with your favorite precious metals and precious stones. Always one of a kind. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2019
  • amethysts
  • 18ct palladium white gold
Twenty One
Custom made ring with an antique rose cut diamond taken from grandma's brooch, on the occasion of clients' 21st birthday. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2018
  • heirloom bolshevik diamond
  • rubies (0,49ct)
  • 14ct yellow gold
Emerald engagement
Custom made engagement ring with antique diamonds taken from grandma's brooch. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2018
  • heirloom bolshevik diamonds
  • emerald (0,49ct)
  • 18ct palladium white gold
Zoë Valerie
She had this ring made for herself and for her daughter as she will eventually inherit it. A refined and nostalgic filigree ring can be made to order in your desired width and size with your favorite precious metals and precious stones. Always one of a kind. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2018
  • sapphire (0,36 ct)
  • 18ct yellow gold
Anna Paulovna
Necklace, Demi-Parure
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the marriage of Anna Paulowna and Willem II. As the wife of William II this Romanov princess added pomp and circumstance to the Dutch court. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2015-2016
  • ruby (1,16ct)
  • sapphire (0,85ct)
  • emerald (0,23ct)
  • fresh water pearls
  • south sea pearl
  • silk
  • akoya pearls (brooch)
  • mother of pearl (brooch)
  • 18ct yellow gold filigree
  • 18ct white gold
Anna Paulovna
Brooch, Demi-Parure
This brooch can be worn as part of a necklace. Together they form a demi-parure. Photo: Hugo Rompa
2015-2016
  • akoya pearls
  • mother of pearl
  • 18ct yellow gold
  • 18ct white gold
Lena
Earrings
  • 18ct red gold filigree with grey/purple drop shaped fresh water pearls
  • 18ct red gold filigree with grey/purple drop shaped fresh water pearls
  • 18ct palladium white gold filigree with green/grey round fresh water pearls 8-8,5 mm
  • 18ct palladium white gold filigree with green/grey round fresh water pearls 8-8,5 mm
  • 18ct yellow gold filigree with blue/black drop fresh water pearls
  • 18ct yellow gold filigree with blue/black drop fresh water pearls
  • sterling silver filigree with white drop shape fresh water pearls
  • sterling silver filigree with white drop shape fresh water pearls
  • collection
2017
  • as pearls are a natural product and subject to availability, size and color may vary
  • available in 18ct yellow, red, palladium white gold and sterling silver
Johannah
Ring
2014
  • hand cut agath, prehnite, rosequartz
  • Filigree rings, available in bi-color yellow, red and white gold and silver with gold.
Lucia
Ring
2014
  • With or without diamonds.
  • Filigree rings, available in silver, yellow, red or palladium white gold.
Johannah-Lucia
Ring
Two filigree rings, can be worn on one finger or used as commitment rings for partners, mother-daughter, sisters etc.
2014
  • Hand cut precious stones. With or without diamonds.
  • Filigree rings, available in silver, yellow, red and palladium white gold.
Dragonfly
Brooch
  • photo: Hugo Rompa

2010
  • custom cut opal
  • 24ct. gold
  • 18ct. yellow gold
  • 14ct. red gold
Roaring twenties
Ring
  • 18 ct palladium white gold, 0,63 ct. GASSAN 121 cut diamond
  • 18ct yellow gold, champagne coloured diamonds (vvsi)
This elegant and nostalgic engagement ring, or wedding band can be made to order in your size.
2014-2021
Spiral of Love
Ring, Men-Unisex
  • "+hier, -demain", (I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow). Two rings form a heart when connected on either side, symbolising endless love.
  • "+hier, -demain", (I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow). Two rings form a heart when connected on either side, symbolising endless love.
  • "+hier, -demain", (I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow). Two rings form a heart when connected on either side, symbolising endless love.
  • "+hier, -demain", (I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow). Two rings form a heart when connected on either side, symbolising endless love.
  • "+hier, -demain", (I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow). Two rings form a heart when connected on either side, symbolising endless love.
Commitment rings, can also be viewed and purchased separately: Spiral of Love (single)
2008
  • 18ct yellow gold
  • 18ct red gold
  • 18ct palladium white gold
  • silver
Spiral of Love
Ring, Men-Unisex
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  • I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
Commitment rings, can also be viewed and purchased as a set: Spiral of Love (double)
2008
  • 18ct yellow gold
  • 18ct red gold
  • 18ct palladium white gold
  • silver
Pristine Clarity
Ring
2016
  • pink tourmaline
  • 18ct red gold
The Bends
Ring
2016
  • aquamarine
  • 18ct palladium white gold.
  • 18ct yellow gold.
Grace
Earrings
2013
  • opal
  • blue chalcedon
  • 14ct yellow gold
Wuthering Heights
Bracelet, Men-Unisex
  • This bracelet from the collection was enhanced with a re-melted golden band, in commission.

2010
  • silver
Nostalgia
Necklace
  • Photo: Hugo Rompa
The unique nacre of the Mabe Oyster allows for hues that are quite brilliant and rainbow-like. It took about 6 years to grow this Saltwater Mabe Pearl.
2010
  • 14.5mm mabe pearl
  • 8mm rice shaped pearls
  • silver filigree
Nostalgia
2010
  • silver filigree
Silver Veins
Bracelet, Men-Unisex
This bracelet is suitable for both men and women and can be ordered in any size and width.
2007
  • silver
Simple Silver Band
Bracelet, Men-Unisex
This bracelet is suitable for both men and women and can be ordered in any metal, size and width.
2007
  • silver
Memorial
Grandma's necklace re-melted into this ring.
2014
  • sapphire
  • 18ct yellow gold
Rotations
  • 50 cm long silver balls chain.

    "Like the International Dance Theater uses parts of traditional dance to make new choreographies, that's how I use elements from indigenous jewellery in my designs." - Eva van Kempen.

  • Front Side
  • Back side with inscription "INTERNATIONAAL DANSTHEATER 50 JAAR"

This amulet was designed for the 50th anniversary of the International Dance Theater.

Inspired by indigenous jewellery of Yemen, Oman, Tibet and India.

2011
  • silver
United
Enherited gold of two families were re-melted into these commitment rings. (Stacking rings for the lady)
2014
  • diamonds (vvsi)
  • 18ct yellow gold
Memento
Wedding rings. Hidden underneath the stones is a symbolic amount of ashes of a deceased child.
2010
  • cognac diamond (vvsi)
  • red garnet
  • 14ct yellow gold
Lilly of the Valley
This brooch was made in commission for a mother of two children; the milk teeth of her children were used as the flowers of the Lilly of the Valley.
2008
  • 18ct yellow gold
Infinity
  • Made in commission for a young mother of twin girls, to connect them forever.

    Can be made to order in different patterns.

Mother will wear the rings until the girls' 18th birthday, when the twins will each get one ring (red and yellow gold). The three parts are made to fit like puzzle pieces that when connected form one large ring, symbolising unity.
2011
  • 14ct palladium white, yellow and red gold
Filigree with the Stars
  • Prior to an online filigree workshop, participants each receieved 1,5 m flattened anodised aluminium wire and a tool.
  • Participants' results were sent back to the artist by post
  • Final exhibition Challenging Jewellery department Sandberg Institute at Het Hem, June 2020. photo: Ayako Nishibori
  • photo: Hugo Rompa

Necklace

Subtitle: Caroline Broadhead, BLESS, Ted Noten, Ruudt Peters, Liesbeth den Besten, Gijs Bakker, Anne-Karlijn van Kesteren.

From series: Lockdown

A collaborative project by Van Kempen's alter ego The Filigree Ambassador

Conceptual filigree piece, made with participants' results of an online filigree workshop. In lieu of mourning the loss of tradition in the face of technological change, the designer steers the practice of filigree towards hobbyism and amateurism. She chooses to socialize filigree knowledge-production and emphasise its meditative aspects. Practising an intangible cultural heritage while engaging in a new form of self-care in today’s fast-paced society, can provide people with a sense of place and purpose, which can be beneficial to their well-being.

2020
  • anodised aluminium, silver
In Case of Emergency

Bangle

By developing medical therapies and materials that can prolong life and even prevent or provoke conception, mankind, in a way, has managed to take on the role of God. Gynecological medicine enable woman and girls to decide over their body, their future, their life.

photo: Hugo Rompa

2019
  • morning after pill valid until 06/2023
  • citrine, pvc film, artificial leather, fresh water pearls, silk
  • 14 ct. red gold, 18 ct. yellow gold
One Condition

Engagement Ring

From series: Planned Parenthood

Through manmade medical materials and medicine we can can prolong our life and even intervene in our own procreation. In a way, we take on the role of God. This Engagement Ring celebrates that new life can be a choice, planned and welcomed in stead of overwhelm.

photo: Hugo Rompa

2018
  • expired contraceptive pill blister pack
  • pvc film
  • 24 ct. gold plated silver
Her body, her choice

Choker

From series: Planned Parenthood

"The inspiration for the Planned Parenthood series finds its origin in the significance of gynecological medicines, but also in constraints in freedom of choice women and girls are facing in this men's world. With jewels made from safe medical waste, like superfluous and expired gyaecological medicine, I show the value and beauty of a controversial issue. I am fascinated and touched by what these tiny manmade objects can prevent and provoke. With minimal interventions and by adding traditional materials used for jewellery, such as precious metals and fresh water pearls, I seduce the viewer to look with new eyes. Adorning yourself with these jewels, becomes a means to not only celebrate our medical achievements, but also to bless women's bodily autonomy and life itself. Moreover, it can be worn to make viewers question prevailing notions and taboos concerning procreation".

Collection Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, Women on Web, Aid Access

photo: Hugo Rompa

2018
  • expired mifepristone and misoprostol / abortion pills in blisters
  • pvc film
  • silk
  • silver
  • hematite
mon-tue-wed-thu-fri-sat-sun

Choker

From series: Planned Parenthood

Through manmade medical materials and medicine we can can prolong our life and even intervene in our own procreation. In a way, we take on the role of God. This choker celebrates that new life can be a choice, planned and welcomed in stead of overwhelm. Simultaneously, men largely leave contraceptive decision-making over to women, putting the burden of pregnancy prevention onto women. Men’s negotiation of these competing norms reinforces inequality.

photo: Hugo Rompa

2018
  • used contraceptive pill strips
  • freshwater pearls
  • forgotten contraceptive pills
  • forgotten freshwater pearls
  • pvc film
  • artificial leather
  • silver
For Better or Worse

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This ring was exhibited on top of 'Study for an arm' by sculptor Geert Marree. Ready-to-Bear Series.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • stent
  • silver
  • glass fuse
Angled Slices

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This choker was designed especially for Portrait of Maria Lani, a bronze bust by sculptor Charles Despiau, 1929. Ready-to-Bear Series.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • medical tubes
  • silver
  • fresh water pearls
Lithium-Heparin

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This necklace was designed especially for 'Jeanne Bieruma Oosting', a bust by sculptor Charlotte van Pallandt, 1976. Ready-to-Bear Series. This piece is part of the permanent collection of Museum de Fundatie.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • plastic blood tube
  • expired lithium-heparin gel
  • rejected needles
  • herkimer diamonds
  • opals
  • dichroic foil
  • nylon
  • plexiglass
  • fresh water pearls
Neonatology

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This body piece was designed especially for 'Torso', by sculptor Charlotte van Pallandt, 1930. Ready-to-Bear Series. This piece is part of the permanent collection of Museum de Fundatie.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • Parts of ventilator and feeding system for premature babies
  • hypodermic needles
  • freshwater pearls
  • catheter
  • chrysoprase
  • rose
  • quartz
  • silver
  • silk
She decides

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This chestity belt was designed especially for 'Torso', by sculptor Geert Marree, 1962. Ready-to-Bear Series. This piece is part of the permanent collection of Museum de Fundatie.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • Superfluous birth control pill strips
  • freshwater pearls
  • 18 karat yellow gold
  • 14 karat red gold
  • steel
  • brass
  • PVC film
  • artificial leather
Her life

At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva designed jewellery made out of safe hospital waste and superfluous medicine especially for busts and torso's of their collection.

This rosary - necklace was designed with 'Truus' (1955) by sculptor Charlotte Van Pallandt in mind. Ready-to-Bear Series.

More images and information about Ready-To-Bear and LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • cameo (agathe)
  • faceted sunstone
  • hand cut roses of mother of pearl
  • copper IUD
  • 14 carat yellow and red gold
  • freshwater pearls
Dettol

Scents of Life Series. Especially for AME Gallery's Scents of Life group exhibition Eva designed three necklaces that carry scents most people don't particularly like. These smells can bring back memories of hospital treatments. One can wear these jewels as a reminder to appreciate life.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • glass blood tube
  • purple suture thread
  • plastic needle
  • cotton roll with dettol (hospital scent)
  • 24ct. gold plated silver
H5 Soft Med

Scents of Life Series. Especially for AME Gallery's Scents of Life group exhibition Eva designed three necklaces that carry scents most people don't particularly like. These smells can bring back memories of hospital treatments. One can carry these jewels as a reminder to appreciate life.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • glass blood tube
  • blue suture thread
  • suture needles
  • cotton roll with H5 Soft Med (hospital scent)
  • 24ct. gold plated silver
Iodine

Scents of Life Series. Especially for AME Gallery's Scents of Life group exhibition Eva designed three necklaces that carry scents most people don't particularly like. These smells can bring back memories of hospital treatments. One can carry these jewels as a reminder to appreciate life.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2017
  • glass blood tube
  • transparent suture thread
  • suture needle
  • cotton roll with Iodine (hospital scent)
  • 24ct. gold plated silver
Medication port

LifeLines series. This contemporary jewellery line shows the value and beauty of hospital materials.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2015
  • imitation blood coral
  • fresh water pearls
  • medication ports
  • sterling silver
  • silk
Slices - Plakjes
  • Intravenous tubes melted together into an endless necklace
  • Intravenous tubes melted together into an endless necklace

LifeLines series. All materials used are safe hospital waste, out of date or rejected, hence no longer suitable for patients.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2015
  • fresh water pearls
  • intravenous tubes
Smartslip Technology
LifeLines series. All materials used are safe hospital waste, out of date or rejected, hence no longer suitable for patients.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

2015
  • fresh water pearls
  • rejected hypodermic needles, nylon, silver
You may keep your undies on

LifeLines series. All materials used are safe hospital waste, out of date or rejected, hence no longer suitable for patients.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2015
  • fresh water pearls
  • syringes
  • intravenous system
  • oxygen line
  • silver
Neolus
LifeLines series. All materials used are safe hospital waste, out of date or rejected, hence no longer suitable for patients.

More images and information about LifeLines jewels at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

2015
  • fresh water pearls
  • rejected hypodermic needles, intravenous lines
3 Way Tap

LifeLines series. All materials used are safe hospital waste, out of date or rejected, hence no longer suitable for patients.

More images and information about LifeLines jewellery at Klimt02

On show at: exhibitions

photo: Hugo Rompa

2015
  • silver
Eva van Kempen

Eva van Kempen (1976) is a technically trained goldsmith and jewellery artivist. With a BA in HRM, Van Kempen received her MA from Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam in 2020. Her work is exhibited internationally in shows in Europe, Asia and the US and is part of several private and public collections.

Her work evolved drastically when she was confronted with serious health issues. Van Kempen’s collections reflect her fascination with human potential, specifically related to achievements in the medical and specialised goldsmithing fields. In 2015 the artist presented her 'LifeLines' jewellery line, made from safely recycled hospital waste. With these works, she demonstrated the inherent exquisiteness and value of a range of medical equipment and implements. A solo-exhibition was presented at Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC), where she used to be a patient. A solo-exhibition 'Ready-To-Bear' in Museum de Fundatie followed (2017-2018).

One part of Van Kempen’s eclectic practice focuses on craft heritage and filigree, a roughly 4,600 year-old ornamental jewellery specialisation, of which she has been a practitioner since 2010. For her master's thesis, she conducted field research into filigree in both the Netherlands and China, during an artist's residency at 'San W' in Shanghai. In collaboration with 'Traditionow', Van Kempen was part of a residency program concerned with Royal Chinese Filigree Inlay at the Filigree Museum in Shantou, Guangdong Province.

In response to the impending extinction in the Netherlands of this time-consuming technique, and building on a recent resurgence of interest in craft inspired by global lockdowns, Van Kempen has launched The Filigree Ambassador. In lieu of mourning the loss of tradition in the face of technological change, the designer chooses to socialise basic filigree knowledge-production and emphasise its meditative aspects over a sellable end product. Practising an intangible cultural heritage while engaging in a new form of self-care in today’s fast-paced society, she argues, can provide people with a sense of place and purpose, which can be beneficial to their well-being.

Van Kempen recently received start-up funding by Creative Industries Fund NL to jumpstart ‘The Filigree Embassy’, an online, open-source filigree knowledge platform in Dutch, to be set up in collaboration with practitioners, teachers, art historians, curators, antiquarians, collectors, conservators, and enthusiasts.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Museum de Fundatie

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts

Titus Healthcare

Kunstzaken AMC

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

2019 Material District, Ahoy Rotterdam

2019 XIX World Congress Gestational Trophoblastic Diseases, Boom Chicago, Amsterdam

2017 Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

2017 de Optimist (NL) Radio EenVandaag

COLLABORATIONS:

2022 Ming Design Studio

2021 Ming Design Studio

2020 Women on Waves

2020 Caroline Broadhead

2020 BLESS

2020 Ted Noten

2020 Ruudt Peters

2020 Liesbeth den Besten

2020 Gijs Bakker

2020 Anne-Karlijn van Kesteren

2020 Lavinia Rosetti

2020 Valentina Caprini

2020 Challenging Jewellery

2020 Marilyn Volkman

2019 Yentl Oehlenschlager

2017 Museum de Fundatie

2015 AMC Kunstzaken

PUBLICATIONS (selection):

Meet the Maker (NL) / (EN) Crafts Council, 2021

The Filigree Ambassador: A Strategy to Revive an Intangible Cultural Heritage and A Preliminary New Theory on the Origin of Filigree (UK) Journal of Jewellery Research, Vol. 4, p. 92-121, Kempen, van, E. 2021

Challenging Jewellery, een samenwerking (NL) hedendaagsesieraden.nl, S. van Es, 2020

The Artivist (EN) Art Jewelry Forum, I. Ruggiero, 2020

Eva van Kempen (NL) hedendaagsesieraden.nl, E. Doornbusch, 2020

Instagram Rejected a Pro-Choice Face Filter (EN) VICE US, M. Solis, 2020

POLITICAL WAVES. POLITICAL BODIES. (EN) Not Just a Label, I. Ruggiero, 2020

Eva van Kempen (IT) Libidocta, F. Londino, 2020

Ready-To-Bear. Inside-Outside Jewellery by Eva Van Kempen (EN/CN) Klimt02, Dr. M.F. Delfos, 2018

Een spiraaltje om je hals (NL) Telegraaf/VROUW, M. van Es, 2017

Een juweel van een infuus (NL) Het Parool, L. Hekman, 2015

PHOTO: Museum de Fundatie

Most jewels are one of a kind, or are made in a limited edition. Jewels can be purchased from collection and stock, or clients can be part of the designing process. The process of bespoke jewel design can often forge unique, temporary companionships thanks to the shared goal of creating a personal and unique jewel, often in secrecy for a loved one.

Eva van Kempen supports re-melting old/heirloom gold; not only can it be of great emotional value and an economically wise decision, it is also an environmentally-friendly method.

Moreover, in commissions Van Kempen crafts jewels in fairmined or fairtrade gold, a ground-breaking initiative that offers a lifeline to artisanal and small-scale miners and their communities.

“Designing for someone in particular can be a memorable experience in itself, as the stories that are being shared are as personal as the jewels will be.”
Eva van Kempen jewellery is sold exclusively at:

and in her studio near Westerpark - Sloterdijk:
Xpositron, Elektronstraat 12, 1014 AP Amsterdam