Uwe D. Schlappner

LOCATION AND CONTACT Grace by Schlappner Jewellery, Bensheim-Auerbach, Germany; (49-6251) 985-8880; www.gracejewellery.de.

SIGNATURE STYLE AND INSPIRATION Modern interpretations of classic styles coupled with technical innovations, in 18k gold, platinum, and diamonds. Inspiration comes from architecture and nature and the hunt for balance of sizes and shapes in finished pieces.

FUN FACT Schlappner worked in Asia as a designer and jewelry factory manager for 13 years, as well as on a contract basis for three years with Vivienne Westwood. Schlappner has created private-label lines for jewelers since 1998. He launched his Grace line in 2008.

STARTING RETAIL PRICE $1,000

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION Germany and Italy

ACCOUNTS 30 in Europe, 10 in the U.S.

JEWELRY TRADE SHOWS Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany (Schlappner’s U.S. debut was at Centurion Jewelry 2009)