Leo de Vroomen is an artist jeweller of international distinction. He specialises in the techniques of repoussé and enamelling and uses a variety of bold colourful stones. With outstanding craftsmanship, an uncompromising commitment to originality and high standard of manufacture, Dutch born goldsmith Leo de Vroomen creates sculptural, elegant and sophisticated jewellery.
Following his apprenticeship in The Hague and qualifying as a Master Goldsmith in Switzerland, he came to London in 1965. Leo lectured at the Central School of Art and Design (today Central St. Martins) prior to setting up his own studio/workshop in the early 70’s. He constantly pushed boundaries and explored and developed his exclusive style of jewellery, which soon became instantly recognisable and of global appeal. Leo’s exquisite work has a sense of liberty and is free from commercial constraints.
After twice winning the De Beers Diamond International Award, De Vroomen was given a retrospective exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1991. He currently operates from his gallery/shop in Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street.
In many design fields the recent obsession with large international brand names has diverted interest away from individual artist designers. This is now changing as the more discerning and confident buyers no longer wish to be “labelled” and are searching for something different and more personal. Jewellery as an art form however, still has to be wearable and is consequently inextricably bound to design and craft. Therefore it is now more important than ever that we retain and encourage these skills in this country, which is the reason why I wholeheartedly support the work of the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council.