Testimonials

Sometime in the early to mid-1990s I stopped by Clear Metals' SoHo store and was looking at rings. As a kid, I couldn't resist rings, and I have long fingers, and I was considering some of your designs and tried on a few, but none of them seemed quite right. Then I spied what you called your "Mondrian" ring. It was wide, heavy, silver, with some squarish cutouts and a single domed gem, a red garnet. I tried it on and loved it. The only finger it would've worked on for me was my right forefinger, but the existing model was way too big for me. You told me to try it out for a week or so and then come back to see if I still wanted it, and then you would be able to make it in my size. I did come back, and you did re-create it in my size, and I loved it. Friends and family admired it and always wanted to try it on, claiming upon doing so that it gave them "power." But (sigh!), at some point I lost the ring. Probably it was at some big family occasion or other, a bat mitzvah, a First Communion, when I'd taken it off to wash my hands or help in the kitchen.

Well, to me that loss was devastating, because I don't generally lose things, and because I'd bought that ring as a gift to myself, a very rare thing.

In the mid- to late 1990s there was a very bad snowstorm that hit NYC in such a way that the company I worked for, located in Midtown Manhattan, said we could all go home. In need of better boots than I possessed that could get me home safely that day, I took the subway down to lower B'way, bought a pair of waterproof Timberlands, then trekked over to your shop. By then I had mourned the loss of my beautiful Mondrian ring and was in the mood to treat myself to some jewelry. Lo and behold, there was a Mondrian ring in my size with a Peridot. Green, my favorite color! I bought it on the spot!

I don't wear that Mondrian ring as often as I want to, because one of my current jobs makes that difficult for various reasons. But I wear earrings and other stuff from you all the time.

Thanks, Barbara!

Marian A.

I still wear your gold earrings ..... little shield shapes with a ruby in each...do you remember those (i got them from you at the Rhinebeck show, I think)? Your work always inspired me, way before I even started all of this jewelry stuff ..... I also have a ring, that sadly I don't wear anymore because it's too small and now I pretty much wear my own ... you know...always have to advertise. but I don't really like any of my earrings so until I come up with something I like, I'll continue to wear yours...which I always get compliments on....I always send them to you.

-Lori K.

For fifteen years Barbara Klar has dazzled me. Not only does her work boast an unambivalent clarity and strength, but also the experience of wearing it imbues the lucky bearer with a rare combination of knowing sensuality and spiritual calm.

What makes these qualities even more appealing, however, is that they all originate - and emanate - directly from Barbara.

Her enthusiasm for her craft is evident from the spark in her eyes when she's surrounded by her work and the timbre of her voice as she describes the inspiration for her pieces. Her workmanship is uncommon and impeccable. But just making and selling great merchandise is not enough for her. Barbara eagerness to have you understand the power of stones, to appreciate the process of casting, finishing, detailing, and to make jewelry a vital part of everyday life is so infectious, so irresistible, and ultimately, so edifying, that the emotional bond that people have with jewelry - stronger than any other form of wearable art - is made even stronger.

I envy all those who may have the time and the good fortune to be surrounded & eveloped by her work.

-Hal

"The wall stood there frantic with jewels and glittering in all its glory. I had promised that I would buy only one thing. What impossibility! Barbara the keeper of all the beauty as well as it's maker lets you play dress-up with the gems and helps you put little outfits on your fingers, ears and all the extremities protruding from one's body and places that I have maybe seen only a few times in my life. I of course, did not keep to my rule of only purchasing one thing. I bought all the "Gifts of this Magi" that I probably should not have given to myself. But, they make me happy. They are the treasures that beacon me to go to my dresser where they are kept and to hold them and try them on. They live in magical boxes that I am constantly rearranging. I wear them all often in different little configurations. I love to wear them when I am zipping away at the computer. So, some other day I shall return to the wall and buy something beautiful to live in it's own magical box."

-Eddie

I've been so happy with the beautiful pieces I've bought from you over the years that still remain a staple of my daily wear. Seriously! I can tell you that the earrings and rings I've purchased from you are still worn nearly everyday. They are timeless!

I'm amazed at how consistent your productivity and creativity remain. Very impressive!

-Candida

Barbara: You have officially installed jewel lust in me! I showed Robbie the photo of that fat ring you had a picture of, for the next thing you're doing, and he said, oh my! Damn! I wish I could get that for you for your 50th birthday! But, then he said, but you probably have enough rings, and I said, I could NEVER have enough of Barbara's rings

-Blair

Amy had a loose design for this ring, which she sent me: An "F" with an infinity sign. I engraved her own special symbols on the inside of this 14k white gold palladium ring with black and white diamonds.

My story:
Sadly my Mother passed away this past February - I know that she is finally happily dancing with my Dad. Jewelry was always a "big thing" between my parents. My Father in particular had a penchant for designing his own pieces and loved to bestow his unique gifts upon my Mom - and was even happier when they went out and she was, almost literally, dripping in one-of-a-kind jewels.

Upon my Mom's passing, I thought it would be nice to design a sort of family ring - one that represented both my parents and myself. I had an idea in mind and I reached out to many designers across the country but failed to make the "connection" I was after. Through local friends in the Hudson Valley, Barbara's name/Clear Metals kept coming up. I called and left a message. And there it began.

When I heard back from Barbara I felt that connection immediately on the phone. I e-mailed her a rough sketch of what I had in mind and then went out to her studio to discuss. We hit it off and I felt completely confident that I would get not only what I was looking for, but that much more (and boy did I!).

Barbara took my sketch and brought life, depth, subtlety and beauty to it. She added texture (which holds so much meaning and significance to me) and the hammered band is also a true comment on me and my journey. How did she know to incorporate all of these meaningful details? Because while Barbara Klar is an extremely talented designer she is more notably an incredible being; creative, insightful, real. She not only "got" my jewelry concept, she clearly "got" me as well.

I wear my ring with such pride and joy not only for what it represents to my family, but for being part of a creative collaboration that was completely fulfilling. Everyday I cannot believe it is a reality on my finger! What she gave me is not only something beautiful to adorn my hand, but a unique piece that brings me comfort, joy and peace. My only problem is that I have to curtail my visits to her studio because I have yet to leave there without buying at least two more items each time! I need many more hands and necks he he.

THANK YOU BARBARA! CLEAR METALS ROCK - YOU ARE A M A Z I N G!!!

-Amy F.

Hey Barbara,
Forget movies, television, and even the Oscars and Emmys! Your work has been worn in some of New York's toughest prisons and has been noticed and complimented by dangerous felons! (Too bad inmates can only wear a simple wedding band and religious medallion!)

-Jill

I wear a necklace you made, a heart with wings, every day. I teach art in a middle school...and the students are very inspired by the necklace..many have commented on it... I look at it as a symbol of the love of art and also a new found philosophy:
"Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over..."

-Jeanne

Here's my story: Sometime in the early to mid-1990s I stopped by Clear Metals' SoHo store and was looking at rings. As a kid, I couldn't resist rings, and I have long fingers, and I was considering some of your designs and tried on a few, but none of them seemed quite right. Then I spied what you called your "Mondrian" ring. (link here: http://barbaraklar.com/rings/mondrian.html) It was wide, heavy, silver, with some squarish cutouts and a single domed gem, a red garnet. I tried it on and loved it. The only finger it would've worked on for me was my right forefinger, but the existing model was way too big for me. You told me to try it out for a week or so and then come back to see if I still wanted it, and then you would be able to make it in my size. I did come back, and you did re-create it in my size, and I loved it. Friends and family admired it and always wanted to try it on, claiming upon doing so that it gave them "power." But (sigh!), at some point I lost the ring. Probably it was at some big family occasion or other, a bat mitzvah, a First Communion, when I'd taken it off to wash my hands or help in the kitchen.

Well, to me that loss was devastating, because I don't generally lose things, and because I'd bought that ring as a gift to myself, a very rare thing.

In the mid- to late 1990s there was a very bad snowstorm that hit NYC in such a way that the company I worked for, located in Midtown Manhattan, said we could all go home. In need of better boots than I possessed that could get me home safely that day, I took the subway down to lower B'way, bought a pair of waterproof Timberlands, then trekked over to your shop. By then I had mourned the loss of my beautiful Mondrian ring and was in the mood to treat myself to some jewelry. Lo and behold, there was a Mondrian ring in my size with a Peridot. Green, my favorite color! I bought it on the spot!

I don't wear that Mondrian ring as often as I want to, because one of my current jobs makes that difficult for various reasons. But I wear earrings and other stuff from you all the time.

Thanks, Barbara!

-Marian A.

Back in the early '90's, I worked down the street from the Clear Metals store on Thompson St...my hard-earned money did little more than pay my rent. Every so often I went down the street and 'visited' my earrings at Clear Metals. They weren't anything crazy; simple gold hoops, but they were the ultimate simple gold hoops; perfect size, weighty, completely unadorned except for their perfect design. When I got a Christmas bonus, I knew exactly what I was getting. Those earrings are still my go-to, perfect earrings, and remind me of those days down in Soho every time I put them on. Spending wisely doesn't necessarily mean denying yourself!

Hi Barbara!!

I wanted to express my appreciation once again for the beautiful BoBo charm you created.You not only create tangible beauty, but you have the gift of touching the inner soul. It has been a very difficult time for me since losing my dog, BoBo. We were very close and his loss has been very painful. Somehow, this charm helps me to feel connected to him once more and I sincerely thank you for that intangible gift. You are the BEST!!!

-Ava