ABOUT HER. As a Dutch born native I was given the name Daphne van der Meulen. I am the designer, maker and creative behind the Brand Daphne van der Meulen. My path to jewelry design was a circuitous one. After completing my studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands in 2003, I moved to New York city. Where I started working in an architectural firm, soon realising I was unable to fully express my perfect imperfect designs in the land of boundaries in the world of architecture. I autonomously started focusing on jewelry as a creative outlet, little did I know that I then and there found my true passion - designing and making jewelry. After having worked in Retail design ever since, I have recently taken the bold step to pursue this dream of designing and making jewels professionally. I draw my inspiration from the urban jungle I live in, and mother nature trying to creep between the harsh city environment. I look for boundaries of textures, and interesting ways to take a new look at existing materials. I like to deceive, overlap and transform, until the moment you don’t recognize the original substance anymore. Last year I founded Daphne van der Meulen Jewelry. Together with my partner and son, I currently live and work in Amsterdam.
ABOUT HER WORK. My jewelry designs can be seen as a carrier of memory, both to the maker and the wearer. I wish for my jewelry to accompany you on your life’s journey. It will be affected over time, it will change by wearing it and it will make new memories along the way. My jewelry is detailed and minimal at the same time. I strive to make comfortable jewelry objects that were designed to be worn day in and out. I hope that my jewelry is meaningful to you, the wearer, and becomes part of your personal memories.
ABOUT THE STUDIO. Daphne van der Meulen is an independent one women jewelry brand in the heart of Amsterdam - the Netherlands. I believe in an ethical studio environment. By ethical I mean that our work environment is a happy, healthy and safe place to work. I pay myself and my suppliers a good wage and consider the weekends as non working days. I strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, by using recycled materials where I can and to keep investigating into other more friendly recourses and suppliers. I partner with local suppliers, who are mainly family owned businesses or individual artisans with many years of experience. I love the craftsmanship and invest to continuously educate myself. I use high quality tools which are made to last a lifetime or more. I focus on small scale production and am not serving the mass consumer.