Running from 10-19 March, the world’s leading fine art and antiques fair will host the fourth generation family-run jewellers. Hemmerle will exhibit at a bespoke stand designed in collaboration with award-winning Dutch architect Tom Postma, boasting a structural aesthetic that is a nod to Hemmerle’s own prestigious design credentials.
Internationally regarded as pioneers in contemporary jewellery design, the firm’s innovative creations are borne from a history stretching back to 1893, when brothers Joseph and Anton Hemmerle took over an established goldsmith in Munich. By 1895 they had been appointed Purveyor to the Bavarian Court and quickly became renowned for the unique “bejeweled fantasies” they created for Ludwig III of Bavaria and the German aristocracy.
This tradition of creating bespoke, one-of-a-kind pieces has extended up to the present day. Housed in the same boutique on Munich’s fashionable shopping boulevard Maximilianstrasse since 1904, the business is now run by Christian Hemmerle with his wife Yasmin and parents Stefan and Sylveli. Together they create jewels that are the culmination of global treasure hunts for unique gems combined with cutting-edge creative ideas.
Inspired by themes ranging from antiquity, nature and modern culture, the family source an array of rare materials that can range from pink melo pearls or colour changing garnets, to ancient carved jade and antique cameos. Not ones to shy away from the unusual, these are often then juxtaposed against materials rarely seen within the world of haute joaillerie. Eye-catching sapphires and aquamarines can be found in an aluminum bangle, or a red gold ring can boast a large brown diamond enclosed by a copper surround.
“We are innovators who are prepared to take risks in the realm of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewellery design, whilst remaining utterly dedicated to craftsmanship and exceptional quality,” Christian Hemmerle explains. With this combination of outstanding gems, groundbreaking design and superior technical skills, Hemmerle is firmly positioned at the forefront of contemporary jewellery design.