The name Belmacz was conceived by Julia Muggenburg to unite bel and maximum. It partially stands as homage to the iconic French jewellery designer Suzanne Belperron. Belmacz was founded by Julia Muggenburg in 2000 to show her one-of-a-kind gems. Today Belmacz has evolved into a truly unique space in which Julia Muggenburg alongside selected artists and friends, explores the aesthetics of modern life, and the ways in which a variety of art forms, from past and present, can inform each other.
Opposite Claridge’s in London’s Mayfair, located in a two-storey Regency building on Davies Street, Belmacz is a modern version of the ‘Wunderkammer’. By offering clients, friends and visitors displays of Julia Muggenburg’s unique precious jewels, contemporary art, ancient artefacts and objects of virtue.
Through its annual programme of solo and group exhibitions, and the dialogues it facilitates, Belmacz is a podium upon which emerging and established national and international artists are invited to explore some of the most pressing issues of our times. In 2014 Julia was invited to present her unique vision at Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest contemporary art centres in the UK, where she curated the exhibition Fourth Drawer Down, a reflection on the intersection between art and anthropology, drawing on her personal collection.
Born in Germany and trained in fine art in London’s Central Saint Martins, Julia Muggenburg created her first jewels to fulfil her need for sensuous, architectural and iconic objects. Rooted in ancient craft traditions yet boldly contemporary, Belmacz jewels evoke a twenty-first-century take on the status-affirming ceremonial adornments worn by tribal chiefs, patriarchs and paragons of style.
“Empowering primeval-modern ornaments for today’s cool, intellectual, urban warrior”
Vivienne Becker (Financial Times)
Redefining such universal forms, as the ring, the cuff, or the necklace, Belmacz pieces are Julia Muggenburg’s form of expressing the contemporary, refined spirit. Even a state-of-the-art Belmacz cache of balms, glosses, powders and eye colours with pure 24ct gold leaf has been conceived. These enduring Belmacz gems are created to enhance the wearer’s sense of empowerment, sense of self, strive to have a talismanic quality and impart a tangible sense of joy.