The uniqueness of Silke Trekel (*1969) lies in the melding of artisan skills and awareness with a particular sensibility for the character and texture of the inherent quality of her materials. Whether industrial or organic, they play a crucial role in her designs. The many travels of the Halle-educated artist broadened her perspectives, validating them in a concept of jewelry fed by universal symbolic metaphors of form. The publication gives a first in-depth account of her development, of this dialogue between abstraction and ornamental tradition: Ornament in Transition. In fact Trekel invites us to rethink, for her work unites motifs and guiding concepts, which galvanized twentieth-century art—between sculptural spatial configurations and signs held in suspension. Trekel takes an active part in this story.