The celebrated German jewelry studio Atelier Zobel has created a special collection inspired by one of Santa Fe’s own jewels – The Santa Fe Opera. The muse is Don Giovanni, and the pieces in 60 Shades of Black feature black diamonds as a nod to The Opera’s 60th Anniversary.
Peter Schmid is the creative force behind Atelier Zobel. As Mozart’s infamous rogue lived by no rules, Schmid pushes the limits to create jewelry both passionate and provocative.
“My intention is to be receptive to the world’s many artistic and visual influences and the infinite variety of stimuli they provide,” says Schmid. “Matching and bringing out color calls for courage and sensibility, as well as knowledge about how rich and subtle shades and hues interact.”
Schmid’s black-diamond pieces create playful tension between raw materials and intricate design. Mozart’s masterpiece awakens the sexual tension that occurs when seduction crosses the line to danger. The world-class Santa Fe Opera, celebrating its 60th year, is recreating the 17th century world of Don Giovanni in all its elegance and audacity. Schmid worked with renowned wig and makeup artist David Zimmerman to understand his vision for the opera.
Patina Gallery owners Ivan and Allison Barnett recognize that at the center of their artists’ best work is an inspired magic, and in this case The Santa Fe Opera offers world-class inspiration to the Zimmerman and Schmid collaboration.