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Atelier Gilmar: There was the Idea

For 25 years now, the married couple and British goldsmiths Gill and Alan Saunders have run their own studio under the name Gilmar. The two creative jewelry lovers have remained faithful to their dreams since founding the atelier in 1983: without

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Aurum The Symbol of Gold

Its name has been familiar for 20 years now: Ilona Stepping founded the gallery “aurum” in 1982 in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt, and can now look back on many successful presentations. Gallery owners Ilona Stepping (left)…

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Beautiful Gemstones

Rare and beautiful gemstones, gemstone bead strings and cut stones – this is the product range that the married couple Dietmar and Petra  Bohme have been offering for almost a quarter of a century under the company name Rare & Beautiful

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Cultural Influences Characteristics

There are parallels in many areas: a carefree mix of style and cultural influences characterizes the overall trends in the design field of today. For jewelry, this trend points to a variety of possibilities of form, color, and material. Middle

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Design for the Way Things Are: Survey of Ideas

New Jewelry Ideas from Other Realms of Experience “Meaning brings form with it; form is never without meaning” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Twice a year, the new English-language magazine GZ ART+ DESIGN will supplement the GZ by offering…

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Displaying Watches and Jewelry

These days, great demands am placed on display materials and packaging. They must be inexpensive, part of an integrated communication system, easy to handle, attractive, and of course be a good creative fit with the design.

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Fashion Rediscovered for Today

Karl Lagerfeld is the person to thank for elevating tie pins to haute couture. “I love neckties, but I only wear black ties. I never leave the house without a tie pin, ” says the fashion designer, who has brought a 300-year-old tradition…

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Final Projects at International Schools of Design

Information and limitless communication calls for an exchange of ideas and opinions above and beyond political borders and cultural spheres of influence. This also applies to the jewelry-related activities at schools of design all over

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Gemstone Cutting Creates Freedom for Design

Difficult times are often good times for the unusual. The higher the hurdle that must be overcome to make clients decide to buy, the more important are originality and exclusiveness. Proven, well-loved, timeless… This year the trend is…

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Gudrun Meyer: Paper Stories

Not everyone who enjoys a cup of coffee in the afternoon pays attention to the little sachets of sugar on the  saucer. However, for the Bochum-based goldsmith Gudrun Meyer, the pieces of paper printed with inspired motifs are charming raw

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GZ Art+Design 2003 Spots

The Secret of Hammering Gold Traditional crafts can disappear more quickly than one might think. To keep traditional gold hammering from sliding into obscurity; that is the aim of the Leipzig-based goldsmith Thomas Garcia. For over 10 years…

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GZ Art+Design 2004 5 Spots

German art awarded Dutch prize The SilverArt Foundation was established in 2001 with a view to bringing modern silverwork to the attention of a wide, art-loving public through exhibitions. Accordingly, the SilverArt Foundation organized…

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GZ Art+Design 2004 Spots

I.H.M. 2004 with Shining Jewels The International Crafts Fair in Munich (March, 4 to 10, 2004) will focus this year on jewelry in particular. As the organizer of the Herbert Hoffmann Prize for exemplary work in contemporary jewelry production,…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2005 1

Swiss quality in the tool sector Edenta, the specialist company guarantees absolute quality consistency. Its range of top grade abrasive and polishing rotary instruments includes all features of the highest quality products. Their programme…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2005 3

Magic and the mystery of preciousness It was designed as the project of the century, just as expensive as it should be visionary: The “Schmuckwelten (Jewelry Worlds) Pforzheim”. The new exhibition was intended to allow end customers,…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2005 4

Trade fair in Vicenza: Shapes of Jewelry According to the fashion gurus, jewelry manufacturers should focus on the immaterial value of their products – especially the design – in order to restore their customer’s interest; after all,…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 1

Collect 2006 – discover the art of collecting The third Collect will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from 9 until 13 February 2006. Organised by the British Crafts Council, Collect is the only art fair in Europe that…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 2

Haute Couture Deluxe Any woman wearing this magnificent cocktail dress doesn’t need any other jewelry. After the luxury pearl brand Schoeffel and the Berlin-based fashion label Unrath & Strano launched initial business relations,…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 3

Fall Trade Shows – Ordering for the Christmas Period Jewelers, goldsmiths and specialist retailers are ordering on increasingly short notice. In times of economic uncertainty, consumer demand for new goods is significantly more…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 4

The Brat Pack at the Inhorgenta Every industry benefits from the energy and innovative ideas of its young talent. The international watch and jewelry business is no different. The jewelry show Inhorgenta Europe very consciously places its…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 1

Fly now! International jewelry makers should note this date. From August 6-12, 2007 Ruudt Peters helds this years’ jewelry course in Ravenstetn (NL) under the title “fly now”. Peters who teaches as a professor also at…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 2

Concrete – It Depends what You Make of It For years in Germany, this was the advertising slogan used by the concrete industry. Concrete is a synthetic construction material, which even ancient Romans used to build their aqueducts or…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 3

Sign of Belief The competition New Traditional Jewellery is being held for the second time and is focusing this year on the topic of ‘belief’. Whether this means belief in the sense of an established religious community or of a…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 4

Happy Birthday: 25 Years of the Goldsmiths’ Fair Ben Day Katharina Vones Malcolm Betts David Goodwin Regina Aradesian   For over 700 years, the Goldsmiths’ Company has actively supported gold and silversmiths, along with jewelry designers,…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 1

Practical Experience Counts     What seems practically impossible in Germany is no problem at all in England. Here, applicants can apply for a postgraduate course based on their previous practical knowledge and experience and end up with a Master’s…

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GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 2

Success in Silver Even as a child, he wanted to be an artist – today he is an internationally renowned jewelry designer and will be celebrating his 20 year anniversary: Belgian born Nico Taeymans has designed an anniversary silver collection…

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Heimerle + Meule: Innovation as a Factor for Success

The market always has new ideas and strategies for its customers that companies geared towards technology need because they mean growth and real net value. However, innovations don’t spell success unless the market accepts them because…

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Jewelry Design: Global Network

Fall, the season for international jewelry and watch trade fairs, is here once more. The International Jewelry Shows in New York and Mumbai, along with the restructured Frankfurt lifestyle trade fair Tendence and the small but interesting…

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Klaus Fessmann Draws Delicate Sounds

Stones have a soul. For Klaus Fessmann, they are not inanimate material, but individuals that under a skilled hand can be coaxed into making enchanting sounds. We are not talking here about an estoric view of the world, but an old art that has

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Living Design

In his book “For Common Things”, the American author Jedediah Purdy foretells the end of the fun society. It is a scathing dismissal of the cult of superficiality and cynical indifference. Purdy calls for a return to culture,…

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Marion Knorr: Wild at Heart

Every pair of Marion Knorr’s ‘Wilde Ehe Ringe’ (or wild wedding rings) tells a story. This terms is a play on words in German meaning ‘unmarried couple who live together’ and was chosen by the designer to refer to both unmarried couples

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Munsteiner Generations

After many years of success, Bernd Munsteiner, one of the most renowned, creative, and innovative gemstone cutters from the village of Stiphausen in Hunsrück, Germany, has passed on both his knowledge and his studio to the next generation:

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Niessing: Gold Colors Specialist

The jewelry manufactory Niessing started with the development of very different colored gold alloys as early as 1984. Since then the Niessing gold colors have been a fixed component of many collections, this shows just how consistent this

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Promotional Items and Displaying Jewelry

These days, great diamonds are placed on display materials and packaging. They must be inexpensive, part of an integrated communication system, easy to handle, attractive, and of course be a good creative fit with the design. “Flowers”…

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Relationship Issues

Pekka Hirvonen, a Finnish goldsmith and jewelry designer, has been designing for Lapponia since 2002. Hirvonen worked there as a model goldsmith for several years after completing his training at the goldsmithing school at Lahti Polytechnic.…

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Sabine Brandenburg-Frank and Egon Frank

The goldsmithery and jewelry factory of Dr. Sabine Brandenburg-Frank and Egon Frank is located in an imaginatively-remodeled country house in Meerbusch, near Düsseldorf, Germany. Their jewelry reflects the concept of joint effort and…

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Stainless Style Steel Jewelry

The trend toward white metals in luxury design is enjoying worldwide success. Post-industrial, postmodern, and post-informal: one of the principal themes today is stainless steel as material for jewelry. “SiRoN” rings, stainless…

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Stimulation of Optical Challenges

Difficult times are often good times for the unusual. The higher the hurdle that must be overcome to make clients decide to buy, the more important are originality and exclusiveness. Proven, well-loved, timeless… This year the trend is

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Tanphanie: Works of Art for the Body

The Tanphanie Edition from German-Japanese pearl dealers Perlen Yukie is much more than just a jewelry collection. Each individual piece of jewelry is a unique work of art and offers unforeseen ways of wearing the items. Exceptional and enormously…

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TeNo de luxx: What’s Important

Luxury is in no way defined by sparkling items of jewelry, overburdened with jewels or in pompous designs. Real luxury means reduction – concentrating on what’s important. One such example is the TeNo de luxx collection. This collection

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The Department of Trier

The Department of Gemstone and Jewelry Design of the University of Applied Sciences of Trier is the only one of its kind in Europe. In the summer of 2002, the department celebrated its fifteen-year anniversary by honoring its graduates and…

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Tie Pins – Fashion Rediscovered

Like many decorative accessories, tie tacks exist because they have a practical function. The fabric, structure, and cut of the cravats of earlier eras meant that the arrangement had to be pinned in place. Back in the 18th century, when fashion…