When you look at the stunning antique-style designs of Hugo Kohl Vintage Style Jewelry you’d never guess that the inspiration for these pieces came from a rather unexpected place: the back of a dump truck. However, despite the humble beginnings of this collection, the rings in Apples of Gold’s selection of Hugo Kohl jewelry are among some of our most popular pieces—and it’s not hard to see why! These stunning rings bring the beauty of a bygone era into the present with designs that have already passed the test of time.
Hugo spotted boxes of steel parts being loaded onto a dump truck while on a trip to Providence’s jewelry district; as he watched, the contents of one of these cabinets spilled out, revealing that these boxes contained not worthless junk, but a wealth of antique jewelry hubs. Hugo’s interest was piqued, so much so that he chased this truck down, flagged the driver and persuaded him to part with some of the contents of his truck, which were being taken to be sold as scrap metal.
The steel jewelry hubs that Hugo obtained were a bit of a mystery at first. Hugo shares,
“It took almost a year of researching and picking the brains of numerous folks in the jewelry industry before I started to fully understand what I had stumbled across and how it was used. I learned that the pieces I had saved from the scrap yard were exquisitely crafted hubs, blocks of steel with intricate designs hand-carved into the top surface dating back to the 1800s. In any case, I was hooked on the subject, fascinated by the workmanship and determined to find and collect every hub, die and roll I could get my hands on, while also figuring out how to put versions of these designs back into production.”
These hubs were commonplace in jewelry making in the Industrial Age, but when newer casting technology began to dominate, the majority of these hubs were destroyed, not only because they took up a lot of space but also to prevent their designs from being copied. Few survived, and Hugo had stumbled upon a treasure trove.
Hugo began to adapt the designs of the hubs he found to more modern casting technology, and the results of his efforts are simply stunning. His interpretations of gorgeous vintage looks not only preserve the workmanship of these designs, but make them incredibly accessible to a new generation. To learn more about Hugo kohl jewelry, don’t miss this short video of Hugo’s Story!
While the Victorian Era dominates much of Apples of Gold’ s selection of Hugo Kohl jewelry, this collection also includes a number of pieces with designs from the Art Deco Period. For example, the Roman Art Deco Garnet and Diamond Ring adds a touch of the 1920s to your look as a 6mm round garnet is upheld by a strong hexagon-shaped setting and accented on each side with a diamond.
Although traditional gemstones are abundant in Apples of Gold’s collection of Hugo Kohl jewelry, this collection also contains a number of pieces that feature striking modern stones that give time-honored designs a decidedly contemporary twist. These rings provide the perfect combination of old and new and demonstrate the enduring and adaptable beauty of Hugo Kohl designs.
For example, the Antique-Style Tanzanite Wedding Ring Set features a stone that’s only been part of the gemstone world for about a half century, but this gem adds an intriguing burst of color to a Victorian design. While the vintage setting of this ladylike style was already considered old-fashioned when tanzanite was discovered in the 1970s, this setting seems fresh and vibrant as it surrounds a 4.5mm round tanzanite. This striking stone has a one-of-a-kind bluish-violet sparkle that’s instantly intriguing and that holds the eye with its vibrancy. Delicate openwork and swirls give the engagement ring an ample dose of feminine charm, while a coordinating slender wedding band perfectly matches the curves of its partner. It’s one of several stunning bridal sets that combine an eye-catching gem with a gorgeous vintage motif.
The Antique-Style Floral Pink Topaz Ring in Sterling Silver provides another bold take on past-inspired style as an 8mm round pink topaz takes the spotlight. This striking stone is held by a four-prong setting and upheld by a filigree design that allows it to crown your finger with time-tested glamour. Delicate carved flowers adorn the band of this lovely piece, adding to its enduring good looks and giving it the perfect balance between daring color and femininity.
Apples of Gold’s collection of Hugo Kohl jewelry also includes a number of wedding bands that are perfect for expressing the timeless treasure of true love. The meticulous craftsmanship of these pieces makes them ideal ways to symbolize that your love is worth investing the best of your time and energy.
The touch of a skilled craftsman is clearly seen in the Handmade Paisley Floral Wedding Band in 14K White Gold. This decidedly feminine style has been expertly carved with graceful four-petal flowers and sweeping swirls, giving it look that speaks of the sweeping nature of romance. This 3mm-wide wedding ring is petite and pretty as it brings the beauty of the Victorian era to life. In addition to this lovely 14K white gold style, this ring is also available in 18K white gold, 14K yellow gold, 14K rose gold and platinum.
Similarly, the Vintage Floral Wedding Band in 14K Rose Gold instantly calls to mind the beauty of a Victorian tapestry as a repeating floral motif wraps the wearer’s finger in sweet yet sophisticated style. This 3mm-wide flat wedding band has a warm glow with just a hint of pink that adds to this ring’s femininity—not to mention its spot-on style.
Whether you’re looking for a feminine fashion statement, a uniquely crafted wedding band or a once-in-a-lifetime engagement ring, our selection of Hugo Kohl jewelry has a ring that perfectly brings the past to life. Each of these rings is a work of art, with a striking design that has stood the test of time.