“I aspire to bridge the gap between contemporary, sculptural, and commercial jewellery.”

Erika Wessels - Contemporary Jeweller based in Cape Town
Erika Wessels

I am a contemporary jewellery designer and manufacturer specialising in one of a kind, handmade jewellery.

I create full-time from my studio in Cape Town, South Africa and mostly work in silver, precious and semi-precious stones.

Erika’s design aesthetic, as evidenced by her combination of stones and liberal use of dark metals, is both fresh and timeless. I spent an eternity with her designs and finally chose a sculptural cup ring set with obsidian. The silver around the stone is bright while the cup setting and ring are oxidized, which complement the dark color of the stone and the hefty proportions of the ring perfectly.

Our jewelry can speak volumes with its materials, and its proportions in relation to our bodies, and how we wear it: how we put looks together around it. Sometimes jewelry is the focal point; sometimes it’s the thing we never take off. Erika’s work is effortlessly cool in that it’s not too precious in every sense of the word, from the design sensibility to the mix of stones and metals. These are pieces that could be worn every day and for an occasion as well. They’re versatile, modern, and individual. – Basa + Besa (six degrees Berlin)

Emily Besa

Solo Exhibitions

Erika Wessels Contemporary Jewellery - /gru:p/ solo exhibition at Tinsel Gallery
Sep 2015 – /gru:p/ – Tinsel Gallery
erika wessels contemporary jewellery at Tinsel Gallery - Solo
Sept 2017 – Solo – Tinsel Gallery

Group Exhibitions

  • Nov 2014 – 55 Necklaces – Tinsel Gallery
  • Nov 2015 – Fix – Tinsel Gallery
  • Nov 2016 – Portrait – Tinsel Gallery
  • Aug 2016 – New Wave – Southern Guild
  • Nov 2017 – 100% new – Tinsel Gallery