hoellwerk was founded by astrid zipp in 2001, an accomplished goldsmith and graduate of the prestigious jewelry design college in pforzheim, germany.
her first studio open its doors in the hoellgasse (hell’s street) in the old medieval center of passau, germany, hence the company name hoellwerk (hell’s works) which has grown into a well-recognized and registered trademark of its own right. in 2009 hoellwerk relocated to the romantic city of heidelberg. it is here where astrid designs and manufactures her original one-of-a-kind jewelry with the love and passion of a true artist. in July 2012 she opened another store in the center of heidelberg together with christiane maxand, a fellow graduate of the jewelry design college of pforzheim. hoellwerk is recognized for its unique, exclusive, top quality jewelry, designed and manufactured in germany and marketed by the artist herself.
but there is another advantage to astrid being the master of her entire value chain: environmentally sustainable sourcing and production that honors fair compensation, human and save work conditions of the mine workers are very dear to the artist. that is why all gold jewelry is guaranteed either fair trade, reclaimed gold or ecogold certified.