"Otto Jakob (*1951) is a self-taught artist-goldsmith. At 17 years old Otto Jakob began to teach himself to make jewelry. Inspired by the magic and artistic power of Etruscan, Celtic and Hellenic masterpieces, he learned their complex techniques using treatises by Pliny and Cellini. Between 1977 and 1980 he studied painting with Georg Baselitz. Since 1980 he has devoted himself exclusively to the creation of jewelry. Otto Jakob employs 10 master goldsmiths in his atelier in Karlsruhe, and the output is limited to about 100 pieces a year. Despite this limitation, some of his customers have been able to build a collection of over 100 pieces in the course of the past 35 years."