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About Kinkel Jewellery

Established 2012

My Story

I am Marleen Van Wyk, a creative, ambitious and bubbly lady from Cape Town who has a great love for jewellery design and all things creative. I finished my Jewellery design degree at Stellenbosch University in 2011, including a 6 month design course in Germany at the Pforzheim Design School where I learnt many exciting techniques. After my studies I travelled Europe for a year looking for some inspiration and then returned to the great SA to continue my jewellery career. I finished a two year Goldsmith Internship to sharpen my technical skills and learn some  jewellery trade secrets.  With this combination of design and technical skills I then created my own jewellery label, Kinkel Jewellery. Kinkel Jewellery is the culmination of creative and whimsical jewels, inspired by nature and patterns found in my surroundings. Each piece is uniquely designed and handmade by me. Many of my jewels are inspired by South Africa’s rich Fauna and Flora. My aim is to make beautiful and elegant jewellery with handmade precision; pieces of art for everybody to wear and enjoy.




Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many materials and techniques that it is difficult to describe in a few words. Below you will find a few areas that I work in and currently use in my pieces. If you are looking for something specific that is not listed below, please get in touch with me for assistance.

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Choosing the right metal for each jewellery piece is very important. As a qualified metalsmith I can work in all types of metal. My designer pieces are all made with silver, gold or platinum



The gemstone defines the jewellery piece.  South Africa is rich in gemstones that come in amazing colours and shades. I can help you source your perfect stone or create a ring with your birthstone.



Pearls are symbols of elegance and purity. I absolutely love working with them and have created many subtle as well as intricate pieces. They are the jewels of the ocean and work well in any setting.


Engagement Rings

Planning your wedding or thinking of popping the question? I love helping happy couples designing their wedding or engagement rings. I can help you source a diamond or precious stones.  I can also design jewellery for the rest of the wedding party.


Mens Fashion

Who said men can’t wear jewellery too. I design rings, necklaces, tie pins and cufflinks for men.


Sea Urchins

The Sea Urchin Range is my latest and favourite Kinkel jewellery line.  I make unique jewellery from Cape Sea Urchin shells which I collect when  scuba diving in False Bay.



Engraving your jewellery with a name, date or quote can make a piece extra special.


Other Techniques

I am continuously experimenting with new materials and techniques. If you have something new or different in mind, please get in touch with me.


Expert Design

I design all my jewellery by hand according to your specific requirements. Whether you need a new piece, repairs or alterations, I am willing to sit down with you and design something that is personal and unique.

Thank you for finding out more about Kinkel Jewellery and what I love to do most. Please take a look at my portfolio and get in touch with me for your very own personalised jewellery piece.

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