In Munich, brothers Joseph and Anton Hemmerle take over an established goldsmiths’ company specialising in medals and orders, whose clients include the Bavarian Royal family. The brothers bring their own style and ideas to the business, renamed Hemmerle,
exploring materials and refining craftsmanship.
Known for its craftsmanship
since 1893, Hemmerle produces
only one-of-a-kind pieces.
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Hemmerle is appointed 'Purveyor to the
Court' by Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria.
They become renowned for the 'bejewelled
fantasies' they create for Ludwig III of Bavaria,
the Bavarian government and the great
families of the German nobility.
The Paris Exposition Universelle marks the high point of Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil as the style is known in Germany. Hemmerle, fast gaining a reputation and gathering awards, participate at the Exposition, and win a coveted prize for the Bishop’s Cross in enamel and gemstones that highlights their display.
Hemmerle opens a boutique on Maximilianstrasse, Munich’s imposing and fashionable shopping boulevard. The boutique broadens its scope to include silver, military ornaments and antique jewellery. Hemmerle remains at the same premises today.
Munich’s family-run jeweller
has been in the same store for over
100 years, and it’s still innovating.
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Hemmerle began making the Bavarian
Maximiliansorden which they still
make to this day. First established
by King Maximilian II of Bavaria,
they are awarded to acknowledge
outstanding achievements in
science and art. The order is
restricted to 100 living members
at any one time.
Joseph and Anton’s sons, Joseph Jr. and Carl
Hemmerle join the firm after World War I.
Carl Hemmerle now takes control
of the business.
The boutique on Maximilianstrasse is renovated by Carl Hemmerle and his wife Lore.
The next generation makes its mark, as
Stefan and Franz Hemmerle take over.
Stefan has trained as a goldsmith in
Munich, before working with jewellers in
France, Italy and Denmark, nurturing new
ideas and his individual style. At a time of
social and cultural change, with a new
approach to luxury and fine jewellery,
Stefan, immersed in Hemmerle’s rich and
noble heritage, understands jewellery
conventions, craftsmanship and traditions
well enough to begin to change them.
To mark the 100th Anniversary, Stefan creates a striking
Bavarian Lion composed of yellow gold and over 2,000 brown,
green, orange and canary-yellow diamonds with yellow-brown
sapphires forming the lion’s back. The setting of the diamonds,
mixed with their natural colour, makes for a subtle and scintillating
texturebrought to life by the design. A party is hosted in Berlin
to show the brooch and celebrate the anniversary.
Stefan Hemmerle and his wife Sylveli, decide the
time is right to break with the past and transform
the jewel into a true contemporary work of art.
While honouring family heritage, respecting
jewellery traditions and revering age-old
craftsmanship, Stefan and Sylveli, take sole control
of the business and conjure an avant-garde aesthetic
of powerfully audacious modernity, layered with
cultural references, to art, architecture and
artisanship. The creative concept generated by this
philosophy is sparked by a commission from a
client, an art collector who ‘detested flashy gems.’
She wears examples of early 19th century Berlin iron
jewellery: neo-classical, architectural cast iron
ornaments worn by patriotic Germans in place of
gold, which they donated to the War effort during
the War of Liberation, 1813-15. With this in mind,
Stefan Hemmerle decides to set an important
diamond in a ring of textured iron.
It’s not every client request that
inspires a designer to branch off
into a direction he never before
imagined and subsequently
to develop an entirely new style
in doing so.
As the unique Hemmerle aesthetic evolves and
strengthens, the Maximilianstrasse boutique
is redesigned by Sylveli Hemmerle alongside
celebrated Dutch designer and architect,
Tom Postma, renowned for his cultural projects,
museums and exhibitions, including 2006 Art Basel
Miami Beach Fair and the Jordan National Gallery.