By radically turning his back on the crystal cutting technique that was prevalent worldwide at the time, Bernd Munsteiner started to revolutionise the shaping of gemstones in the 1970s. For him, the aesthetic quality of the gemstones represented a rediscovery and it formed the basis of his worldwide success. Since 1997, his son Tom and daughter-in-law Jutta have taken over the atelier in Stipshausen near Idar-Oberstein. Over the past 15 years, 'The Young Generation' have developed their own very characteristic form language, based on Bernd Munsteiner's work, which makes the virtual interior space of the cut gemstone the focus of aesthetic contemplations. Tom Munsteiner is a gemstone designer, Jutta Munsteiner is a jewellery and gemstone designer and goldsmith. This richly illustrated book presents a comprehensive overview of Tom and Jutta Munsteiner's artistic creations. It provides t only a deep insight into the crystalline world of gemstones, but also shows that crystals have lost thing of their centuries-old fascination as an artistic material. Text in English and German.
Born in 1949, Wilhelm Lindemann worked Idar-Oberstein as curator for the exhibition programme Idar-Oberstein schmuckt sich. Since 2005 he has curated the annual academic symposium 'Thinking Jewellery - On the Way Towards a Theory of Jewellery' held by the Trier University of Applied Sciences degree course in precious gemstones and jewellery design. He is visiting lecturer for the theory of art at the Fachhochschule in Idar-Oberstein.