Silver HippoGold accented sterling silver pendant
"If you don't continue experimenting and learning something new, you might as well just go back to bed."
"Hello, I'm Albert Ickenroth. I was born in the Netherlands where I studied economics as well as art appreciation. I've always loved the great masters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt. In 1976 I took a vacation trip to Mexico and fell in love with the people, the music, plant life, wildlife and folklore of this beautiful country. And so I stayed.
"As fate would have it, I found work as a designer in a world-renowned papier maché workshop. There I taught techniques and procedures unknown in Mexico and developed new styles. After a few years, I opened my own workshop where I began to experiment with new designs in papier maché as well as in gold and silver jewelry. In some cases, the jewelry includes papier maché.
"My designs are always related to the fauna of this magical country. They have been used to decorate international restaurant chains, and some of my works have appeared in advertising spots for major credit cards. I always sign each piece so the buyer can be assured that this is my work.
"To create a piece of jewelry, I begin by sculpting the design in clay. From this, I make a model in wax and cast a plaster mold. Then I cast a second piece in wax, carefully adding the small details by hand. I use the lost wax process in my works, crafting the jewelry in silver. To apply gold, I first treat the silver with enamel in the areas that will retain their original color, then I electroplate the piece with 22k gold. Finally, I clean and polish it.
"For me, creating is an essential part of my life. If you don't continue experimenting and learning something new, you might as well just go back to bed."
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St. Petersburg, FL, USA
I was fascinated with the Rain Frog Dreams necklace, which was not immediately available so I signed up to be notified when it was. It is beautiful - even better than in the fine photograph. The design is unusual and the necklace is beautifully made, down to the perfect chain for the ornament. I am delighted!
Albert's work is beautiful!
San Francisco Bay Area, California
I've had your necklace ""Silver Ocelot"" on my wish list for quite some time. Finally I decided to treat myself and ordered it. Now I wish I hadn't waited! What a playful and beautiful necklace it is! I was impressed immediately by the exquisite craftsmanship and the tiny details. This tiny ocelot has personality! I've been wearing my new necklace every day and have received many compliments but most of all I love wearing it. The beautiful gift wrapping and the nice presentation box it came in were great touches. Thank you very, very much!
I just received a most beautiful piece for our foster son's room. It is the frog on the ball and the colors are vibrant and his expression delightful. The room is Frog Prince and the muralist painted a fun, playful wall and this wonderful sculpture goes so well sitting on the bookcase where our Angel can watch and talk to it. Thank you and please make more frog sculptures. You have a purchaser in me.
I bought the silver starfish earrings and I was really amazed at how beautiful they are in reality. Even more so than in the picture! The attention to detail and the craftsmanship are remarkable! I was also pleased with the shipping wich was indeed very fast! Thank you Mr. Ickenroth and thank you Novica!
I recently treated myself to the ""Rain Frog Dreams"" necklace and ""Rain Frogs"" earrings. They are absolutely wonderful! Great detail, gorgeous expressions, and a lovely balance of silver and gold. Every time I wear these items, I get comments from strangers passing in the street. (I also liked the 16"" length option on the necklace.) Thank you!
Mr. Ickenroth, your papier mache 'Ocelot Dreaming' came today and I just love him. The personality of the animal comes through so beautifully and with the detail, you must have used a microscope to paint it! I felt such joy on seeing it.
The ""CLIMBING SNAKES~Mexican Strl Silver GOLD ARTS Earrings "" arrived a couple of day's ago and I am extremely pleased with them. I always love it when earrings such as this are mirror images. Very nice workmanship.
San Francisco, California
I received the Jumping Frogs earrings and the Climbing Crocodiles earrings. I am astonished at the level of details! They are the kind of pieces you wish for through the window of an expensive jewelry boutique and think you could never afford them! I am French living in the US, but have lived in Guadalajara and can appreciate your love for the art and the culture. Thank you for your creativity, your dedication and amazing artistry! Cheers, Cecile
Dear Albert: I just received your necklace ""Jaguar Trapeze"" and it is absolutely beautiful. The detailing on his face and spots is perfect - I think it looks like he is smiling! You have created a piece of jewelry that is also a little sculpture. Thank you for sharing your creative talents with me. I look forward to wearing this necklace for many years to come and then passing it down to my daughter.
Just received the starfish earrings and I love them! Thanks for the lovely packaging as well. Can't believe how quickly and easily I received them. What a great website Novica is. I'll definitely order again.
The dolphin pendant is beautiful.
I bought the rain frog bracelet from Albert. The craftsmanship is really nice and I will treasure the bracelet for years to come.
I have just purchased ""Rain Frog Dreams"" for myself and ""Rain Frog Pendant"" for my daughter for her birthday. They arrived today and are absolutely beautiful. The service is great, with the items arriving in Australia only 5 days after I placed my order - fantastic!!!. They were beautifully gift wrapped and in lovely presentation boxes. The quality and detail is exquisite. They are both items which will be a joy to wear and I am sure will elicit many comments as they are so unique. I have two other daughters who will also be recipients of this artists work, when their birthdays arrive. Thank you.
Hello. Albert's art is very nice. Thanks
Bought the 'Treasures of the Sea' bracelet & matching earrings - they arrived today & are very lovely. The design is dainty but not so tiny as to disappear. Note to ladies with very large wrists - the bracelet won't fit if your wrist measurement is over 6 1/2 inches - it fits my wrist but would not fit my sisters wrists. The only way it would fit is to get an extender attachment if you have a very large wrist. I like it fitting fairly closely however so the sizing is not a drawback for me. The earrings will of course fit anyone & they will become a favorite of mine.
Sycamore Illinois USA
Can't get enough of Mr. Ickenbroth's designs! Each and everyone is just georgeous!
The Jaguar is quite beautiful. It looks great with everything. I'm so glad I ordered it. Albert, you are a brilliant artist. Thank you.
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