Annemarie van Gorkom is a passionate and multifaceted jewellery designer, currently based in Amsterdam. Before completing a BA in Jewelry Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she acquired a degree in goldsmithing at De Vakschool in Schoonhoven and studied at the Fachhochschule für Schmück und Gerät in Pforzheim, Germany. She worked as a jeweller and diamond setter in various professional environments.
Her solid understanding of the technical skills involved in making delicate pieces, combined with an eye for adventurous concepts, ensures her work defies an easy definition. She is interested in the symbolic meaning given to jewellery in all corners of the world and translates this into current, graphic pieces, as well as very wearable items. With an intrinsic curiosity to investigate new terrain, she uses an eclectic range of materials, from seashells to coconut wood and precious metals to resin. She enjoys to spend most of her time behind her workbench, experimenting with shapes.
Utilising the freedom that comes with some years of expertise, her practice can be interpreted as a cross-pollination between craftsmanship and art. Her store at Lil’ Amsterdam will serve as treasure trove to roam for little gems, as well as being a lab for new ideas and possible collaborations. Annemarie loves to see her pieces being worn, and is happy to talk about her work with whoever wants to listen. She will be at the store every day to advise her clients, make new prototypes and create custom designs.