Trained as a silversmith in Germany, Petra Class’s work is informed by the traditions of European applied art. Petra is endlessly fascinated by gemstones, precious or not, and the wealth of colors found in nature. She creates mini compositions with this rainbow, rhythmically arranging both polished and uncut stones. Petra uses high-karat gold to set her gems and to cast hand-worked waxes. With this there is an unconventional balance between tradition and improvisation.