|1953||Born in Bordeaux|
|1976–1981||School of Design, Pforzheim. Diploma in Jewelry Design at Prof. R. Reiling|
|Since 1982||Self-employed as a jewelry designer, lives and works in Berlin|
|1998||Red Dot Design award for high Design-Quality, Design-Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen|
In the mid-1980s, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s objets trouvés, André Ribeiro combined two contrary materials: diamonds and rubber. His source of inspiration was a black sealing ring used for plumbing pipes. With the diamond, the hardest of all gemstones and the stone with the best light reflection properties, Ribeiro found the ideal complement. Thanks to the rubber’s tension, the connection between the diamonds set in gold and the soft base material is not only dynamic but also does justice to the materials involved. The special cultural importance of Ribeiro’s jewelry line was copyrighted in 1997 by the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe. His rubber jewelry was honored with the red dot, awarded by the Design Center of Essen, and has been included in the permanent collections of New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Pforzheim’s Jewelry Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
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