Rudolf Heltzel Pendant Christmas Prize Draw 2023
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  • Arrow Draw takes place 1pm, Monday Dec 18th, 2023

Created by Rudolf Heltzel for Butler Gallery

This Christmas, once again Christopher Heltzel, of Rudolf Heltzel, is supporting Butler Gallery and helping us to raise vital funds for our 2024 programme of activity with this stunning bespoke pendant for our Christmas Prize Draw. This incredible once-off piece of fine jewellery made from blue pietersite stone, a stone of transformation and spiritual growth, is set in hand crafted sterling silver. This could be yours this Christmas AND you will be supporting Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries and cultural heritage attractions.

All funds raised will support Butler Gallery’s 2024 Exhibition & Learning and Public Engagement Programme. Butler Gallery is a charity providing Free access to art for all.

The Making Process

In the dimly lit workshop of 10 Patrick Street, nostalgia fills the air. A gentle hum of creativity intertwines with the scent of precious metals. Lining the walls and shelves of the workshop are hand-forged hammers of all shapes and sizes, tools worn from decades of use by generations of skilled bench workers, pliers that have shaped countless masterpieces, saw frames holding blades so thin they disappear in the shadows of the light. A draw bench stands to the side, patiently awaiting its next piece of gold to draw down, an ancient bench torch flickers gently, ready for the next solder. They all hold stories of the countless artisans that have worked with them, whispering secrets of beauty created in times gone by.

As the ancient bench torch is held up, its warm, amber glow casts a mesmerising dance of shadows onto the workshop wall. With the sonorous tap of the hammer, and the rhythmic sound of sawing, the transient shadows transport us to a world where master jewellers meticulously crafted dreams into reality; history mingles with creation in a captivating soundscape.

Surrounded by all these history-rich tools, our artisans wield their weapons of creation, ready to transform the pendant design commissioned for the Butler Gallery into reality. With meticulous precision, they cut and shape the flat sheet of urban mined silver, transforming the raw material into a wearable work of art. Hammering, rolling, bending, soldering, filing, polishing; in a rich soundscape of workshop sounds, the pendant is infused with their passion and commitment to tradition, and slowly the Pietersite pendant is brought to life.

The carefully chosen stone, with its captivating hues and shimmering, ever-changing patterns, becomes the centrepiece of the pendant. Every time you look into its depths a new story is revealed, each time capturing new feelings and scenes of timeless elegance.

Through the craftsmanship and dedication of our artisans, this pendant is a tangible expression of artistry and a bridge between centuries-old traditions and sustainable materials. It is this level of craftsmanship and specialised skill that sets our jewellery makers apart, bringing forth a distinct look that cannot be replicated; wearing it means adorning oneself not only with a beautiful and meaningful design but also with the spirit of our artisans' dedication and passion. Through timeless techniques passed on to us, we honour the rich heritage of jewellery making, which connects us to the great artisans of the past, carrying the torch of the remarkable heritage of our craft into another generation. And by passing this pendant on to you, you can connect with this legacy too.

About Rudolf Heltzel
A Rudolf Heltzel philosophy when designing is to be highly aware of the functionality of the work, ensuring that - in spite of the ambition and complexity of the pieces - the designs always intend to complement the wearer. Through taking a sculptural approach to his work, Rudolf Heltzel was a master at creating art in jewellery.

Blue Pietersite Stone on Sterling Silver Pendant
The original concept of this Rudolf Heltzel pendant dates back in 1976, almost a decade after Rudolf Heltzel established his atelier in Kilkenny.

Blue Pietersite Stone
Blue Pietersite is a rare and distinct type of crystal that belongs to the Quartz family. It is known for its stunning shades of blue and has a unique, swirling, and almost storm-like pattern within it. This stone is named after Sid Pieters, the miner who discovered it in the late 1960s in Namibia.

Blue Pietersite is said to have various properties and benefits. It is believed to be a stone of transformation and spiritual growth. It can help one recognize and release any negative patterns or beliefs that may be holding them back. Blue Pietersite is also said to enhance intuition, psychic abilities, and spiritual vision, making it a popular choice for those seeking spiritual development or seeking guidance on their life path.

In addition, Blue Pietersite is known to stimulate the third eye and throat chakras, aiding in clearer communication and the ability to express oneself authentically. It is also believed to promote emotional healing, lending support during times of stress, anxiety, or emotional upheaval.

Physically, Blue Pietersite is thought to have various healing properties as well. It is said to support the body's detoxification processes, helping to eliminate toxins and promoting overall well-being. It is believed to be beneficial for the eyes, heart, and respiratory system.

Overall, the Blue Pietersite stone is sought after not only for its gorgeous appearance but also for its metaphysical properties, making it a valuable addition to any crystal collection or as a tool for personal growth and spiritual development.

Tickets also available from Butler Gallery Reception.

Draw will take place at 1pm on Monday, December 18th and will be broadcast on Butler Gallery Facebook Live.

Collection of the Pendant will be the responsibility of the winner.

All funds raised will support Butler Gallery’s 2024 Exhibition & Learning and Public Engagement Programme. Butler Gallery is a charity providing Free access to art for all.

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