HEART AND SOUL
In a studio nestled amid breathtaking scenery, just outside Copenhagen, a jewellery artist magically transforms experiences, impressions and the treasures of nature into noble and unique works of jewellery, exuberantly imbued with life and personality. For more than 20 years, Charlotte Wendes has elicited the awe and appreciation of customers around the world, who have discovered the power of her handmade jewellery to transcend the bounds of mere ornamentation “I feel a personal calling to create the perfectly suited piece of jewellery for the person who will be wearing it,” says Charlotte. “I love bringing out and accentuating personality and natural beauty with my creations. When somebody commissions a piece of jewellery, it’s usually accompanied by a story of love and desire. That story serves as my muse when I start sketching and watch as the jewellery takes shape and emerges from the blank page.”
Charlotte set up her company in 1998 after discovering a talent and a passion for making fine jewellery that her friends coveted. “It fills me with joy every time my customers tell me that the piece of jewellery I designed for them awakens a special feeling, evokes a certain mood, or maybe even accentuates and reflects an aspect of their personality that they love showcasing aesthetically,” she says. “No work of jewellery is complete until it is worn by its deserving owner. That is what brings the jewellery to life. Each piece is created through a unique process, evolves through the years, and develops its own soul.”
Though half Danish and half Swedish by origin, Charlotte Wendes spent much of her formative years living in both London and New York, and her work is firmly rooted in her international background. She set up her business with a dream of creating unique and exclusive jewellery for authentic, self-assured women – jewellery that exudes sincerity and personality. Through the years, she has remained true to this vision.
“One of the things I find most inspiring and meaningful is designing one-of-a-kind high-art pieces, which gives me the opportunity to spend more time and immerse myself deeper in the process,” she says. “This is my playground, a haven of unbounded creativity. The wonderful thing about creating these exclusive art pieces is how devoting so much time, dedication and love transforms them into unique and soulful works of art. It really is a magical process.”
The endeavour of designing these art pieces unleashes a ceaseless wave of ideas, ultimately evolving into exclusive lines sold in Charlotte’s store in the heart of Copenhagen and in carefully selected boutiques abroad. She also designs special-order jewellery for customers around the world, and offers to travel and meet with them personally to explore the unique story underlying their dreams and visions for the piece.
“My passion is in designing the big artistic pieces,” says Charlotte. “They are what I call ‘wearable art’. That’s why my customers are people who are looking for something that everybody else doesn’t have.” Charlotte Wendes has tapped into a seemingly infinite flow of inspiration, which she passionately channels and transforms into small works of art that transcend mere ornamentation to become jewellery with personality. Jewellery with heart and soul.