Tom and Jutta Munsteiner


“Designing the stone” is the motivating maxim in the Munsteiner studio. The major focus lies in the modern shaping of diverse gemstones. This has already gained international recognition and won several awards. Expertly selected minerals are turned into valuable unique objects, job lots and objets d'art by means of new cutting styles. Beryl, tourmaline, garnet, amethyst, citrine, ametrine, fire opal, rock crystal and rutile quartz are mainly used. Our goldsmiths produce innovative unique jewellery in gold and platinum using these cuts.

Bernd Munsteiner was the first contemporary artist to go off in search of the aura of the crystal. For more than forty years now, he has been turning transparent stones in particular into images, objets d'art and sculptures.
Jutta Munsteiner attempts in a very sensitive manner to explore very cautiously the feelings which jewellery could provoke in the sophisticated customer who lives in the present.

Tom Munsteiner´s cutting artistry breaks with the traditional concept of the facetted gemstone not only because of the size of the stones used. Instead his work must be interpreted as a creative reflection of the essence of the crystal and his message to the world, which allows a profound insight into the substance of the crystal and reveals its poetic nature.

Jutta Munsteiner

Although Jutta Munsteiner's creative focus was initially on jewellery, the intensive collaboration in Atelier Munsteiner was doubtlessly a decisive factor in encouraging her to work to an increasing degree also as a shaper of precious stones.
Jutta Munsteiner attempts in a very sensitive manner to explore very cautiously the feelings which jewellery could provoke in the sophisticated customer who lives in the present.
Women of today and the future no longer want to use jewellery to show what they have, but who they are. In other words: jewellery as an object of possession, as a status symbol is "out". This means it must contribute more strongly towards expressing the inner character of a woman. As a result, however, jewellery also challenges a woman to recognize herself.

Born  1968 Hermeskeil, Germany

Education
1995
  Master Goldsmith
1993-95  School of Gemstone and Jewellery Design, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
1989-93  Further apprenticeships in different workshops
1985-89  Educated as a Goldsmith in the Company “Schmuckatelier Heinz Trier”

Awards
2009
  German Jewellery and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein, Honorable Mention
2008  mineralArt, First Prize
2003  Design Competition HWK Koblenz, Honorable Mention
2001  First European Jewellery Award FEJA 2000
2000  JA New York, New Designer of the Year Award for Design Excellence
1999  German Jewellery and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein, Honorable Mention
Mineral Competition, Idar-Oberstein, Honorable Mention

Tom Munsteiner

Crystals, the reflecting play of light in its inherent structures, are fascinating testimonies of nature to Tom Munsteiner, which lead him to a formal expression in the cut which is incomparably rich in variation. The crystal is not just dead stone to him; the crystal, which looks at him through its reflection of light as it were, leads an independent existence at the threshold between inanimate and animated nature like something organic. This is the reason why Tom Munsteiner combines clean cuts in the material, geometric figures, such as prisms and circles, testimonies of an internal constructivist architecture of the stone, with spherical, organically soft round forms.

Born  1969 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Education
1995
  Master Gemstone Cutter
1993-95  School of Gemstone and Jewellery Design, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
1991  Gemologist
1985-89  Educated as a Lapidary Stone Cutter in Bernd Munsteiner’s Company

Selected Recent Awards
2010
  The Gemmys 2010, Faceted Gems category, 1st place and Gem Objects, 2nd place
2009  The stone in the jewelry, 1st place
St. Petersburg, Russland
Platinum Couture Style Challenge Winner
The Gemmys 2009, Gem Objects, 1st place and Cabochon Gems, 1st place
2008  mineralArt 2008, 3rd place
mineralArt 2008, Honorable mention
2007  3rd place and a Honorable mention in the German Jewellery and Precious stone design Competition, Idar-Oberstein
Prize of Art and Craft Rhineland – Palatinate
The Gemmys 2007, Cabochon Gems, 1st place, Specially cut Gem, 1st place
2006  The Gemmys 2006, Cabochon Gems, 1st  place and Specially cut Gems, 1st and 2nd place, Gem Objects 1st place
2001  1st place in the German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design
Competition, Idar-Oberstein
State prize (Munich-Bavaria)
AGTA´s Spectrum Award 2001                        
International Division: 1st place
1999  3rd place in the German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design
Competition, Idar-Oberstein
Winner of the “Sculpture – Competition” for the innovation-prize of Oberfranken (Bamberg-Bavaria)
1998  AGTA´s Spectrum Award 1998
International Division: 1st place
1997  AGTA´s Cutting Edge 1997
International Open Category: 1st place
International Objects of Art: Honorable mention
1992  1st Prize in the promotional competition, sponsored by
Rhineland - Palatinate
1991  Honorable Mention in the German Jewelry and Precious
Stone Design Competition, Idar - Oberstein

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