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THE CREATIVE OASIS IN STIPSHAUSEN

The studio in the picturesque Hunsrück village of Stipshausen is home to Tom, Jutta and Bernd Munsteiner. Built in 1973, the studio has been an oasis of creativity ever since. Together with a small team of master gem cutters and goldsmiths, Tom and Jutta create new and exciting designs in stone and jewellery every day. Tourmaline, aquamarine, garnet, citrine, amethyst, rock crystal and many other minerals receive their very special, unique “Munsteiner cut” here. In the studios own goldsmith’s workshop, the Munsteiners create unique jewellery in Platinum, Yellow Gold and Silver, many of which have already been honored with multiple awards internationally. The combination of gemstone cutting, goldsmithing and exhibition rooms offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to gain a small insight into the creative process from the rough stone to the finished piece of jewellery.

JEWELLERY

MUNSTEINER FEELING

Bernd, Jutta and Tom Munsteiner

BERND MUNSTEINER

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. They open up the magical landscapes inside the crystal to the viewer, extend his inner and outer visual areas into projection surfaces of the psychical.Through his work, Munsteiner links precious stone sculpture to the artistic debates of the 20th century without denying the archaic layers in the relationship of mankind to stone and precious stones in particular. By that very act, Munsteiner’s precious stone sculptures elude a representation culture oriented towards performative eventfulness as well as reception in passing. On the other hand, they project into our transient lifetime as monumental symbols of the eternal – in spite of their relatively small spatial volume.

more about Bernd Munsteiner

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.

more about Jutta Munsteiner

Bracelet Magic Eye

 

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.

more about Tom Munsteiner

GEMSTONES

PUBLICATIONS

THE YOUNG GENERATION

 

In the mid – 1970s Bernd Munsteiner began to revolutionize the design of gemstones with the radical rejection of the world renowned brilliant cut. For him, the aesthetic quality of the crystals was a rediscovery and the cornerstone of his worldwide success. Munsteiner used his ideas to lead the gemstone toward the art of the 20th century. His works are represented in numerous museums worldwide. Since 1997, his son Tom and his daughter-in-law Jutta continue the studio in Stipshausen near Idar-Oberstein. Over the past 15 years, “The Young Generation”, based on Bernd Munsteiner’s work, has developed its own characteristic form language that places the virtual interior of the cut crystal at the center of aesthetic reflection. Tom Munsteiner is a gemstone designer, while Jutta Munsteiner jewelry and gemstone designer as well as goldsmith master. The richly illustrated book provides a complete overview of the artistic work of Tom and Jutta Munsteiner. Not only does it give a deep insight into the crystalline worlds of gemstones, but it also shows that crystals have lost none of their millennia-old fascination as an artistic material.

Not only does it give a deep insight into the crystalline worlds of gemstones, but it also shows that crystals have lost none of their millennia-old fascination as an artistic material. Order Details

 

REFLEXIONEN IN STEIN

 

 

The fascinating art of gemstone cutting was once brought from the Idar-Oberstein region to all around the world. And right from this region, the gemstone cutter Bernd Munsteiner revolutionized gemstone cutting. In the 1960s he became the first contemporary artist to put the aesthetic qualities of the naturally grown mineral mineral in the center of his sculptural work. At first he worked with agates, and later on with transparent gems that he turned into pictures, sculptures or jewelery. His concern was not to perfect the superficial shine of the mineral, but to make the “inside” of a gem visible. His newly invented stone cuts “Natural Movements”, “Inside Selecting” or “Rhythm” stand for Munsteiner’s unusual handling of the gemstone. They open up to the viewer previously unknown fields of vision; magical “landscapes” in the stone that expand into projection surfaces of the

mind. In the last few years, Munsteiner’s work focuses on gemstone sculpture, which opens up completely new dimensions for the design of the gemstone. Spectacular sculptures such as those of the cycle “Metamorphosis” from an originally 580 kg rock crystal have earned Bernd Munsteiner an international reputation as an outstanding innovator of modern gemstone cut. Order Details

 

BERND MUNSTEINER

Creativity: Fantasy, dimension, composition, structure, rhythm, contrasts, accents, color … I understand reliefs, gemstone cuts, jewelery and sculptures as an artistic statement of our time, an individual expression of creativity. It’s my way of speaking, of making myself understood. The Gemstone cut requires its own form of creativity, the recognition of natural forms, the crystallographic structure; Everything that exists must be perceived. This requires a special sensitivity to the matter, to the color of the minerals, their purity, their natural inclusions and structural changes in order to make visible and classify the invisible.

On this the realization of an idea in the mineral, the own mental statement, is based. Minerals and crystals, the most fascinating matter on earth, are brought out of the earth under often difficult conditions and thanks to hard work. Selected and rare transparent crystals are the basis of my work as a gemstone sander. For many years I have been traveling to Brazil to track down such crystals at their original deposits. A publication by Publicaciones Joyeras, S.A. from the year 2000. Order Details

 

 

Munsteiner(s) Zeit

 

Liberated from the constraints of traditional jewellery design, Bernd Munsteiner has found his own way as a kind of synthesis of the natural form of the material and modern styling. His own philosophy lies behind all his designs: the realization of an idea in mineral, in which natural forms are recognized, and whose essence is perceived and made visible. In the end, the shaped stone represents an individual intellectual statement of this magus of precious stones. His works could therefore not be better characterised than by the observation of Viktor Hugo: “Nothing in the world is as powerful as an idea.”  Order Details

 

SCULPTURES

AWARDS AND OBJECTS

European Product Design Award 2018:
“Hashioki” – a Chopstick/Knife Rest in Citrine

The knife rest „Hashioki“ is an exclusive tabletop accessory, hand carved from a natural Quartz crystal. The name “Hashioki” is derived from the traditional Japanese chopstick rests. Its most remarkable feature is the very straightforward geometry, in contrast to the lively design inside the gem. The design may look modest at first glance, but captivates the viewer by its often-changing optical impressions, and surprising light reflections. The object measures 50 x 18 mm, and is available in variations of different gemstones, including Smoky Quartz, Rutilated Quartz and Citrine.

Grand Catalan Art Award for Bernd Munsteiner:
“The Picasso of Gems”

Great honour for Bernd Munsteiner: The gemstone designer from Stipshausen received the Grand Arts Prize of the Catalan Guild of Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Watchmakers, Gemologists and Jewelers in Barcelona (JORGC). Stefan Conradt, Rhein-Zeitung 18.12.2017. Barcelona / Stipshausen

 

Firework for the senses:
Fine Design for the Spirits

An exceptional creation from the Munsteiner studio, apart from gemstone and sculpture, are these digestif glasses made of natural rock crystal, smoky quartz or citrine. A noble stone as a vessel for fine spirits – of course in a distinctive Munsteiner design – offers a very special experience for connoisseurs and collectors alike.

 

 

Vater-Gestein: New Sculpture for the Sculpture Garden

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the sculpture was officially inaugurated by the mayor of Stipshausen, Mr. Frank Marx, the chairman of the Geißenverein, Mr. Dietmar Schumacher and by myself, in the presence of the goats, Geißenbrüder and friends. In my speech, I referred to the “unfortunate” test drill of the Brazilians, which ultimately brought us the luck to have such a beautiful amethyst quartz druse as a new object here in the sculpture park. This luck should be transferred to the entire sculpture park.
More information to this “stony” story: Vater-Gestein, Sculpture Garden Stipshausen

 

 

World’s largest cut aquamarine displayed at Smithsonian

Impressions

The Munsteiners Tom and Bernd Munsteiner have been “rocking” the world of lapidary for numerous decades, making them both visionaries in the art of extraordinary gem cutting and objets d’art! Their legendary skills and exquisite style command sophisticated collectors and colleagues worldwide to view artistically cut gems with a new perspective. Munsteiner creations are Historical – Radical – Powerful – Beautiful – Phenomenal – Influential – Provincial – Sensual – Obtainable – Collectible Gems. No significant gem collection would be considered complete without a Munsteiner!

Susan Helmich, Designer of Jewellry

 

Songbook As a musician I see Jutta as a singer, Tom on drums, Philipp on bass and Bernd with trombone. They play e.g.: Mantis – Context Cut – Symbolon – Green Flash – Around the World -Dom Pedro – Magic Eye Splendid…..Gorgeous!

Robert Smit, Designer of Jewellry

 

Fairs and Exhibitions 2019/20

 

Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

Asia World Expo, Hall 8, Booth E13

2019 September 16th – 20th

Tucson Gem & Jewelry Exchange

Booth 4101/4102

2020 February 4th – 9th

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Bernd Munsteiner

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, objects d’art and sculptures. They open up the magical landscapes inside the crystal to the viewer, extend his inner and outer visual areas into projection surfaces of the psychical. Through his work, Munsteiner links precious stone sculpture to the artistic debates of the 20th century without denying the archaic layers in the relationship of mankind to stone and precious stones in particular. By that very act, Munsteiner’s precious stone sculptures elude a representation culture oriented towards performative eventfulness as well as reception in passing. On the other hand, they project into our transient lifetime as monumental symbols of the eternal – in spite of their relatively small spatial volume.

Curriculum Vitae

1973  Atelier in Stipshausen near Idar-Oberstein. Member of various national German trad and visual art
1966 
completed state examination with title as designer of precious stones and jewelry
1962
-1966 Studied with Prof. Schollmayer and Prof. Ullrich at the school for design, Pforzheim
1957
-1960 Trained as a precious stone cutter with Viktor Munsteiner, completed Journeyman exam
1943  Born in Moerschied near Idar-Oberstein

- organizations, concerned with the advancement, promotion and support of contemporary art, material and form
- member of „The Guild of Contemporary American Jewelry Design“;
- Member of „International Jewelry Design Guild Inc.“

 

Honors and Awards

2017  Catalan Art Prize
2001  Design Prize Rhineland-Palatinate
1999  Contemporary Design Group, Award, Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, USA
1997  „Context-Cut“ Honorable Mention for greatest Design Quality, Design Center Nordrhein Westphalia
1996  Honorary Life Member, The American Gem Trade Association Inc.
1992  Prix Arctica, Kemi Art Museum, Finland: 1st prize
1989  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 3rd place
1987  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 1st prize
1984  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition: 1st and 2nd prize
1983  Honorary membership granted by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London
1981  Gold and Bronze Medals, Zlatarska Razstave Celjy, Yugoslavia
1981  „Architecture and Small Sculpture“ artist competition: 1st prize
1981  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 3rd prize
1980  State prize and Honorable Mention
1976  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention
1974  State Prize Rhineland – Palatinate
1974  Prize given for outstanding German craftsmanship
1972  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 4th prize and Honorable Mention
1970  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention
1969  Gold Medal, Craft fair in Munich
1968  Promotional competition, sponsored by Rhineland-Palatinate: 2nd prize

 

 

 

 

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.

Curriculum Vitae

1995       Master of Goldsmith
1993
-95  Highschool of Gemstone- and Jewelry design in Idar-Oberstein
1989
-93  Journey in different workshops
1985
-89  Educated as a Goldsmith in the Company of „Schmuckatelier Heinz“, Trier
1968
       Born in Hermeskeil, Germany

 

Honors and Awards

2019  European Product Design Award, Silver Award
2019 
German Design Award, Special Mention (Kategorie Luxury Goods)
2019
  AGTA Spectrum Awards,  “Objects of Art”: 2nd prize
2017  Schmuck Award 2017,  Category “Classic”: 1st prize
2015  International Design Award - Gold Award and Honorable Mention in Fashion Design – Jewelry
2014  Golden A’Design Award in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design
2014  MineralArt Honorable Mention
2012  Pearl Grand Prix „Tahiti Plus“ - Award
2010  Pearl Grand Prix - Honorable Mention (Category Design)
2009  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention
2008  mineralART: 1st prize
2003  Design Competition, HWK Koblenz: Honorable Mention
2001  First European Jewellery Award FEJA 2000
2000  „New Designer Of The Year“, Award For Design Excellence, JA. New York
1999  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention
1999  Mineral Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention

National and International Exhibitions

 

 

 

 

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.

Curriculum Vitae

1997  Atelier in Stipshausen
1995  Master of Gemstone cutting
1993-95 High School of Gemstone and Jewellery Design, Idar-Oberstein
1991  trained as Gemologist
1985-89 Educated as a Lapidary Stone Cutter in the Company of Bernd Munsteiner
1969  Born in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

 

Honors and Awards

2019  European Product Design Award, Bronze Award
2019 
AGTA Spectrum Award Objects of Art: 2nd place
2018  European Product Design Award - Silver and Bronze Award
2015  International Design Awards - Honorable Mention
2015  Iron A’Design Award in Arts, Crafts and Design
2014  Golden A’Design Award in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design
2014  mineralArt: Honorable Mention
2013  Prize of Art and Craft Rhineland – Palatinate
2010  „The Gemmys 2010“, Faceted Gems category: 1st place; Gem Objects: 2nd place
2009  Platinum Couture Style Challenge Winner; „The Stone in Jewellery“, 1st place, St. Petersburg, Russland
2009  The Gemmys 2009, Cabochon Gems: 1st place, Gem Objects: 1st place
2008  mineralArt: 3rd place and Honorable mention
2007  „The Gemmys 2007“, Cabochon Gems: 1st place, Specially Cut Gem: 1st place
2007  „Prize of Art and Craft Rhineland - Palatinate 2007“
2007  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 3st place and a Honorable Mention
2006  „The Gemmys 2006“, Cabochon Gems: 1st place, Specially Cut Gem: 1st and 2nd place, Gem Objects: 1st place
2001  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 1st place
2001  State prize (Munich-Bavaria)
2001  AGTA’s Spectrum Awards 2001, International Division: 1st place
1999  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: 3rd place
1999  Winner of the “Sculpture - Competition” for the innovation - prize of Oberfranken (Bamberg – Bavaria)
1998  AGTA’s Spectrum Awards 1998, International Division: 1st place
1997  AGTA’s Cutting Edge 1997, International Objects of Art: Honorable Mention; AGTA’s Cutting Edge 1997, International Open Category: 1st place
1992  Promotional competition, sponsored by Rhineland – Palatinate: 1st Prize 
1991  German Jewelry and Precious Stone Design Competition, Idar-Oberstein: Honorable Mention

National and International Exhibitions

 

 

 

"MUNSTEINER - THE YOUNG GENERATION"

219 pages, published in 2012 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Author: Wilhelm Lindemann. Texts in German and English. Availiable at bookstores for 49,80 Euro, or directly through Atelier Tom Munsteiner. (ISBN 978-3-89790-374-6)

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER - REFLEXIONEN IN STEIN"

German/English, 224 pages,219 illustrations in colour.
The monography Reflections in Stone was published in 2004 by Arnoldsche ArtPublishers, with contributions by Wilhelm Lindemann, Si & Ann Frazier, Michael M. Scott, Deborah Aguado and Dr. Cristianne Weber-Stöber. Available at bookstores for 49,80 Euros. (ISBN 978-3-89790-203-9)

 

"MUNSTEINER (S) ZEIT"

German/English/Spanish, 134 pages Published by Publicaciones Joyeras, S.A. in 2000. Unfortunately "Munsteiner(s) Zeit" is out of print.

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER"

Published in 1992 with contributions by Bernd Goldmann and Karl Schollmayer. 33,- Euros, obtainable through Atelier Tom Munsteiner.

 

 

 

 

 

"MUNSTEINER - THE YOUNG GENERATION"

219 pages, published in 2012 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Author: Wilhelm Lindemann. Texts in German and English. Availiable at bookstores for 49,80 Euro, or directly through Atelier Tom Munsteiner. (ISBN 978-3-89790-374-6)

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER - REFLEXIONEN IN STEIN"

German/English, 224 pages,219 illustrations in colour.
The monography Reflections in Stone was published in 2004 by Arnoldsche ArtPublishers, with contributions by Wilhelm Lindemann, Si & Ann Frazier, Michael M. Scott, Deborah Aguado and Dr. Cristianne Weber-Stöber. Available at bookstores for 49,80 Euros. (ISBN 978-3-89790-203-9)

 

"MUNSTEINER (S) ZEIT"

German/English/Spanish, 134 pages Published by Publicaciones Joyeras, S.A. in 2000. Unfortunately "Munsteiner(s) Zeit" is out of print.

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER"

Published in 1992 with contributions by Bernd Goldmann and Karl Schollmayer. 33,- Euros, obtainable through Atelier Tom Munsteiner.

 

 

 

 

 

"MUNSTEINER - THE YOUNG GENERATION"

219 pages, published in 2012 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Author: Wilhelm Lindemann. Texts in German and English. Availiable at bookstores for 49,80 Euro, or directly through Atelier Tom Munsteiner. (ISBN 978-3-89790-374-6)

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER - REFLEXIONEN IN STEIN"

German/English, 224 pages,219 illustrations in colour.
The monography Reflections in Stone was published in 2004 by Arnoldsche ArtPublishers, with contributions by Wilhelm Lindemann, Si & Ann Frazier, Michael M. Scott, Deborah Aguado and Dr. Cristianne Weber-Stöber. Available at bookstores for 49,80 Euros. (ISBN 978-3-89790-203-9)

 

"MUNSTEINER (S) ZEIT"

German/English/Spanish, 134 pages Published by Publicaciones Joyeras, S.A. in 2000. Unfortunately "Munsteiner(s) Zeit" is out of print.

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER"

Published in 1992 with contributions by Bernd Goldmann and Karl Schollmayer. 33,- Euros, obtainable through Atelier Tom Munsteiner.

 

 

 

 

 

"MUNSTEINER - THE YOUNG GENERATION"

219 pages, published in 2012 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Author: Wilhelm Lindemann. Texts in German and English. Availiable at bookstores for 49,80 Euro, or directly through Atelier Tom Munsteiner. (ISBN 978-3-89790-374-6)

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER - REFLEXIONEN IN STEIN"

German/English, 224 pages,219 illustrations in colour.
The monography Reflections in Stone was published in 2004 by Arnoldsche ArtPublishers, with contributions by Wilhelm Lindemann, Si & Ann Frazier, Michael M. Scott, Deborah Aguado and Dr. Cristianne Weber-Stöber. Available at bookstores for 49,80 Euros. (ISBN 978-3-89790-203-9)

 

"MUNSTEINER (S) ZEIT"

German/English/Spanish, 134 pages Published by Publicaciones Joyeras, S.A. in 2000. Unfortunately "Munsteiner(s) Zeit" is out of print.

 

 

"BERND MUNSTEINER"

Published in 1992 with contributions by Bernd Goldmann and Karl Schollmayer. 33,- Euros, obtainable through Atelier Tom Munsteiner.