In the current wave of minimal metal jewelry, Hardt Jewelry is a standout for its simple, strong designs.
“I like to give it an edge,” says designer Anne Lenhardt Koebele, whose signature Hardt necklace puts a twist on the classic heart with straight, modern edges. Equality is the theme that runs through the entire collection, symbolized by parallel bars on brass or steel cuffs and rings.
“I wanted to make jewelry meaningful,” says Koebele, who has created an “Empowerment” collection with the intent of donating a portion of proceeds to organizations that help young girls and women.
That connection to her designs is especially important to Koebele after a decade in the corporate jewelry industry. Koebele was a buyer for Shop NBC and then worked as a designer for Chamillia, creating high-end charm jewelry that appeals to the masses. She learned the ins and outs of the business working with Chamillia founder Killian Rieder (who sold Chamillia to Swarovski and launched Killian Jewlery), but craved a platform for personal expression.
Koebele uses brass and steel plated with 14 and 18 karat gold. Most of her pieces sell for $50 to $130. Hardt Jewelry was quickly picked up by Grethen House and Bean & Ro. Koebele has a new showroom that customers can shop by appointment (or schedule a shopping party in the sleek space). Check it out at the grand opening this Thursday (April 30), 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of proceeds from sales that evening will be donated to Reclaim & LGBTQ youth. 2400 N. Second St., Suite 102, Mpls.