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A Message in Different Dimensions

“Look, touch, wear”; the thought is somehow fascinating. The borders between sculpture and jewelry are transient. Many artists also work as designers of three-dimensional pieces in small and large formats. Unique jewelry object “Light…

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Alex Fritsch: Design Quality for Inexpensive Prices

Axel Fritsch from Bastian sees his products as an alternative for design-focused goldsmiths and jewelers. Unlike the jewelry form major international fashion labels, the Bremen-based producer draws on alternatives in the design and materials

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Allgemeine Gold in Pforzheim

The Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt AG, founded in Pforzheim in 1891, is among the leading European firms in the precious metal refinery in the world. There are also affiliates in Austria and Thailand. More than 300 employees ensure

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Along the Silk Road

Roads connect. The various cultures along the Silk Road are spread out like pearls along a string. Its name is a term used for an international road that has linked people throughout the course of mankind’s history. Over the centuries, caravans,

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Amber: The Mysterious Gold of the North

A swirl of myths and sagas surround this clear stone, which burns, releasing a beguiling, aromatic scent. The interior of the stones often encloses wonderful inclusions, telling the tale of evolution, of the flora and fauna of eras long passed.

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Ancient High Cultures: Jewelry, Talisman and Status Symbol

People have gazed at adorned ears for many millennia. Discoveries in tombs and old legends tel of how ears were decorated in previous cultures. The rings or pegs worn in the ears were not simply intended as ornaments. They were also regarded

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Christian Bauer: Wedding Rings

Christian Bauer is one of the major global players in the wedding ring business. The hightech smith from Welzheim near Schwäbisch Gmünd, which has been in business for precisely 125 years in 2005, is a multiply talented, top expert for rings

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Crossing Over Jewelry and Watches Made By Artists

There has always been jewelry from artists, be they painters or sculptors. Some of them have been genuine independent works of art that have sparked developments in jewelry design. However, since the Art Nouveau and Art Déco periods had the

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Cutlery: A Matter of Taste

Eating and drinking have been part of life forever. And people have always striven to make something special out of this necessity. This included how and with whom one ate. The development of the tools of eating followed along with the refinement

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Diamonds: Nature’s Brilliant Idea

No other precious gem is as familiar — and coveted — as diamond. Learn the legends and histories behind some of the most famous diamonds in the world.

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Dorothea Pruhl: Liberal Jewelry Sculptures

Breslau-born Dorothea Pruhl (in 1937) has been dealing with jewelry as a statement and the design of jewelry for four decades. This teacher and professor at the Giebichenstein castle University for Art and Design in Halle has a deep-reaching

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Egypt’s Sunken Treasures

Underwater archaeology reigns supreme. Until now mainly disregarded as treasure seekers, modern methods have enabled diving researchers to delve into historical contexts to an increasingly precise degree. For example, the now renowned

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Elisabeth Treskow: Pave Maker of Modernity

A changed world and new perceptions of life determined the development of jewelry art in the period before the Second World War and the modern age. In addition to Eva Maschea-Elsasser and Hildegard Risch, the most important female goldsmiths

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Erotic Watches: Indiscreet Treasures

The interplay between the erotic and art has featured in all periods of history, on occasion crossing the line into pornography. Jewelry and strangely enough watches too have reflected this theme, secretly indicating that it’s always

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Experimental Jewelry from Senegal

Experimentelles Schmuck design (Experimental Jewelry Design) is the name of a project implemented by the Berlin-based painter and goldsmith Werner Reister in collaboration with the Goethe Institut in Dakar (West Africa). No one dreamed…

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Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars

Fabergé – the name carries special significance even today. It is inextricably linked with the glamour of pre-revolution Russia. Fabergé’s expensive Easter eggs, produced for the Tsar’s family and other high society figures of

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Felix Lindner: Play with Ciphers

For Felix Lindner, a goldsmith who was born in Erfurt in 1973 and has lived there for some time now, symbols and idols of our times are pawns with which he plays his creative game of distortion. Metaphors in artistic disassociation create icons

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Frey Wille: An Homage to Art

From the ancient Greeks to contemporary art – this Vienna-based enamel workshop excites its clients throughout the world with artistic authenticity and perfect quality. Dr. Friedrich Wille Art and design – hardly any brand of jewelry…

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Friedrich Becker: Escape Into the Fourth Dimension

The gold and silversmith Friedrich Becker has succeeded in uniting technology and art in a fascinating manner. Through his work and teaching at the Polytechnic College in Düsseldorf, he has had a weighty influence on the international jewelry

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Fritz Maierhofer: Message on the Issues

Vienna-based jewelry designer Fritz Maierhofer is an important pioneer of modern individualized jewelry. As a protagonist of a new style which uses unusual materials, the artist has found a new language along with Claus Bury. Thanks to Maierhofer’s

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German Jewelry Quality and Creativity

Many German jewelry producers have stunning ideas for design combined with a level of quality that satisfies even the most sophisticated tastes. However, it wasn’t so long ago that some areas of the world had very specific ideas as to what

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Hans Jaenisch: Jewelry Shows its Colors

“Colors are vitamins for the human soul”, claimed the German painter Professor Hans Jaenisch. In saying this, he emphasized the influence of the multifaceted vivacity of the world on our inner feelings. Favorite colors are not comprised

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Hermann Junger: Goldsmith Art is with Global Charisma

Professor Hermann Jünger, one of the most defining personalities in goldsmith art over the second half of the last century, passed away on February 6, 2005, aged 76 following a long illness. Jünger was among the key figures who influenced

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History of Gemstone Engravings

The art of gem cutting (glyptics in Greek) is one of the oldest testimonies to how installed, fascinating miniatures can transform gemstones into tiny works of art with immense charisma and magical significance. Decoration, symbols and…

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How the Sun Tells Time

The measurement of time has passed through many stages. From water clocks and candle clocks, hour glasses and clockwork through to quartz timepieces and radio watches. However, the first consideration was how the position of the sun could

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Ivory and Bone: Archaic Materials

Ivory and bone have been used by humans for sculptures and jewelry purposes from very early times. The Upper Paleolithic age already boasted curious etchings of reindeer, scratched onto mammoth tusks. The figures of the Vogelherd Caves near

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Jewelry Gemstone Engraving Over the Passage of Time

The art of gem cutting (glyptics in Greek) is one of the oldest testimonies to how installed, fascinating miniatures can transform gemstones into tiny works of art with immense charisma and magical significane. Decoration, symbols and magic

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Jewelry with Precious Stones

What is a trend? It is easier to answer what it is not: a designer’s inspired idea, which brings immediate and great sucess. Trends are more a mixture of creative, spontaneous ideas and long-term developments. The range of jewelry with colored

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Klaus Ullrich: Pioneer and Pedagogue

February 11, 1954: “Traces of work appear to be something akin to ornaments of contemporary society. If you, Klaus Ullrich, who until the present day have worked so intensely and creatively along this path, seek new routes for your future

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Kremlin Armory: The Czar’s Gold

The Kremlin Armory houses unique collections of precious items that mirror the artistic wealth of the country and the relations with other people and regions. They include the fantastic testimonies to Russian goldsmith art from the 12th

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Lapponia Jewellery and The Message of the Sculptor

Björn Weckström had a decisive influence on the idea of Finnish style. Over four decades of cooperation with Lapponia Jewellery has created jewelry in gold and silver that reflects Weckström’s belief that jewelry is a “miniature

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Luxury: Precious Brand or Unique Piece

Luxury is a true growth industry in all categories, right through to “inexpsensive luxury”! The successful report by Cartier, Richemont, Gucci and co. Clearly show that the rich desire to purchase status symbols more than ever. Are goldsmiths

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Marie van den Hout: Art Visualizes Thought Processes

For Marie van den Hout, renowned owner of the Gallery Marzee, there is quite simply no doubt: Jewelry satisfies all criteria that also apply to other areas of art, provided that it’s aim is not only to suit the needs of those wearing it or those

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Marjorie Schick: New Sculpture Design

For four decades, Marjorie Schick has been one of the pioneers of original avant-garde jewelry. Her works are based on both the American pioneering spirit as well as the European jewelry concepts of the sixties and as such they cross over beyond

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Marvelous Jewelry From the Green Vault

The Green Vault is Europe’s most magnificent treasure trove. It holds masterpieces of jewelry and goldsmith art as well as precious pieces made of amber and ivory, gemstone goblets and artistic statues made of bronze. This famous collection

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Nathalie Scherrer: Going Into New Dimensions

Nathalie Scherrer’s jewelry is signed with a stylized butterfly as her symbol of artistic creativity: always looking for new challenges and different dimensions of experience. And the photographer Roland Sigwart has revealed surprising

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Neue Horizonte: Rainbow Nation

The traveling exhibition ‘Neue Horizonte – zeitgenossischer Schmuck aus Sudafrika’ (New Horizons – Contemporary Jewelry from South Africa) will start its tour through Europe and travel to the Handwerksmesse in Munich, to Atelier

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Original Material with Eternal Charisma

When human beings started using natural objects for practical and aesthetic purposes, horn and tortoise shell played a dominant role. For many centuries, the hand-made objects of everyday use made of horn were constant companions. As status

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Paper Has Many Faces

In previous centuries, paper was immensely precious. Today it has become a run of the mill product without any particularly high demands for its various purposes and uses. But numerous jewelry designers have restored it to its former value.

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Power and Magic of Babylonian Gemstones

When the Babylonians observed the passage of the heavenly bodies across the firmament many thousands of years ago and believed that they had discovered the secrets of their effects on the fate of human beings, this also marked the dawning age

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Power and Magic of Gemstones

When the Babylonians observed the passage of the heavenly bodies across the firmament many thousands of years ago and believed that they had discovered the secrets of their effects on the fate of human beings, this also marked the dawning age…

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Precious Materials

Accessories are the mark of style! In this statement, the fashion designer Christian Lacroix reminds us that lifestyle is the ability of making our time on earth beautiful and pleasant. This is particularly true of the little things needed

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Ruth Robinson: Precious Findings

Ruth Robinson has an unusual and special position among the grand dames of contemporary jewelry art. The encounters with the various cultures from which she acquired her findings are transformed by this artist, who rose to fame in the nineties,

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Scandinavian Design: A Myth is Unraveled

The message was a revolution. While the wounds of the Second World War were eased in Europe using conciliatory kitsch and a new sense of comfort, a totally different message was heard from the far reaches of the North. It kicked up a true storm

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Sepp Schmolzer: Realm of Fantasy

The Carinthian goldsmith, photographer and painter Sepp Schmolzer exercised a highly significant influence on jewelry design in the second half of the 20th century. Much of the work conceived and implemented by this Austrian artist and

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The Art of Individual Packaging

Etuis, cartons, boxes, sacks or caskets – there is a large selection of packagin. They are appreciated by goldsmiths and jewelers as necessity, cost factor and possibly also as a means of raising the profile of one’s own range of products.

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The Art Treasures of the Thracians

To date, Orpheus and Spartacus are probably the best-known representatives of a people whose traces have been lost in history. The mythic singer and inventor of the kithara as well as the celebrated leader of the slave revolt against Rome are

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The Attraction of Visions: Inhorgenta Europe 2004

At the start of the year, inhorgenta europe in Munich will provide answers to the questions on how jewelry will develop, what influences it will absorb and what repercussions it will have. C2 Designer’s night: This occasion is used to present…

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The Czar’s Gold Masterpieces

The Kremlin Armory houses unique collections of precious items that mirror the artistic wealth of the country and the relations with other peoples and regions. They include the fantastic testimonies to Russian goldsmith art from the 12th…

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The Project Silver Summer Gallery

For the third time, visitors to the Inhorgenta 2004 in Munich will be pleased at the very different kind of outdoor restaurant set up in the designer hall: the Silver Summer Gallery. Snapshot: Silver Summer Gallery banquet Remote-controlled…

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The Varied History of Platinum

No other precious metal has experienced such a varied history over the course of time. Discovered early on and appreciated by the high cultures, its path was lined by misunderstandings, highs and also lows. Then name of this extraordinary

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Tibet Monasteries are Opening Treasure Chambers

In the middle of March, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, described the Chinese response to the revolt by students and monks in his homeland as “cultural genocide.” This drew the attention of the whole world to the very

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Timeless Values as a Basis

In times, characterized by temporal and rapid changes in many values, it is necessary to hold on to tradition, particularly in the field of arts and crafts. Imaginative projects can be enticing, but they should also be feasible and practicable.

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Web 2.0: Future of Communications

In future, we may look back and say that the internet, with its seemingly endless possibilities for communication, changed the world in the same way as the invention of letterpress printing by the goldsmith Gutenberg. The new era of the World

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Worn Symbols: The Varied Forms of Body Jewelry

People have adorned their bodies all round the globe since the dawn of time. They drew on paints, scars, tattoos, precious metal piercing or other materials such as feather and bones. Jewelry designers use these worn symbols in order to push