Vintage image of the Maximilian Street viewing on Hemmerle

Hemmerle is a fourth-generation family run house at the vanguard of jewellery design. Each jewel conceived is unique and as original as a work of art. Today, Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle run the business, with the continued support of Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle. Hemmerle remains renowned for its dedication to craftsmanship, exceptional quality, innovative material combinations, and bold, unostentatious creations.



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.

A Selection of medals made by Hemmerle

A series of medals made by Hemmerle

A Selection of medals made by Hemmerle



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.

A Hemmerle design for a pendant



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.

A bishop cross designed by Hemmerle

A bishop cross designed by Hemmerle – back and front side

A bishop cross designed by Hemmerle



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.

The first interior design of the Hemmerle shop

The first interior design of the Hemmerle shop

Bavarian Maximilians Medal designed by Hemmerle back

Bavarian Maximilian Order for Art and Science back and front side



Hemmerle began making the Bavarian Maximilian Order 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.

Portrait of Carl Hemmerle



The boutique on Maximilianstrasse renovated 1968

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.

Portrait of Stefan Hemmerle

Stefan Hemmerle



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.

Lion sculpture of the Wittelbacher dynasty

diamond – sapphires – yellow gold



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.

Hemmerle ring designed with diamond set in 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.

Alison Burwell – Wmagazine



Hemmerle participate in Tefaf Basel, an art and antiques fair held at the Messe Basel that ran for 4 years. Hemmerle show work at Palm Beach, a jewellery, art and antiques fair in Florida. They continue to exhibit at the fair for 5 years.

Hemmerle stand at TEFAF Basel

Hemmerle stand at TEFAF Basel



Barrier-breaking design introduces a whole new aesthetic for Hemmerle, blazing a trail of design-driven, agelessly modernist art jewels balancing powerful simplicity and splendour. Signatures now include daring combinations of colours and textures and the use of the rarest, most intriguing precious stones, set in unexpected materials, such as iron and wood. Totally new to the world of fine jewellery, and perfectly pitched in the minimalist mood of the 90s, the concept heralds a new era for Hemmerle.

Popular Hemmerle harmony bangle

Harmony Bangle
diamond – rosegold – iron

It was not my intention to shock, though I did want to inspire.

Stefan Hemmerle



Hemmerle revives an early 19th century, near-extinct Austrian technique of woven, knitted, precious gem beads. Each bead is hand-hewn and carved, hand-drilled, impeccably matched for colour, and often carefully calibrated and graduated to achieve a silky gem-mesh knitted in the round, on silk, for bangles or long necklaces, often hung with a signature Hemmerle tassel. This labour-and time-intensive process reflects the pursuit of artisanal excellence.

Century-old German jewellery house Hemmerle is a staunch defender of the craftsman’s trade.

Jessica Diamond – Wallpaper
Beaded earrings with rosequarz and sapphires

sapphires – rose quarz– white gold

Beaded earrings with amethysts and sapphires

sapphires – amethyst– white gold

Beaded earrings with garnets and sapphires

sapphires – garnets – white gold



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.

Image of the inside shop Hemmerle
Image of the shop Hemmerle



A new fair, Cultura, the World Art and Antiques Fair, is organised in Basel by a group of dealers including Stefan Hemmerle. Hemmerle participate in the fair, which ran for five years.



A town house in the heart of Munich is renovated as the atelier expands to house 15 dedicated goldsmiths. All jewellery is made onsite and nothing is outsourced. Every piece is hand-crafted and entirely bespoke. It is not unusual for 500 or more hours to be spent on the making of a single Hemmerle jewel.

Many images of the Hemmerle atelier
Many images of the Hemmerle atelier
Many images of the Hemmerle atelier



Art of Nature is published to celebrate a collection of one-of-a-kind jewels and objets d’art inspired by the natural world. The illustrated book showcases Hemmerle’s vibrant interpretations of animals, insects, birds and plants, made over some 18 years, from 1979-1996.

The kingdom of nature has been beautifully conquered by Hemmerle.

John Traina – Author of "Extraordinary Jewels"



Hemmerle’s tarantula brooch, a pair of melo-pearl earrings and a melo-pearl brooch were featured in The Pearl Exhibition, a show of rare pearls and jewellery at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, from January to June 2010.

Hemmerle's spider brooch with sapphires and conch pearl

conch-pearl – sapphires – diamonds – yellow gold



The characteristic Hemmerle element of subtle surprise emerged again in the form of charming, characterful brooches depicting different, lifelike species of mushrooms, exquisitely modelled and capturing earthy woodland tones and textures.

Hemmerle mushroom brooch with sapphires

sapphires – white gold – silver – copper

Every once in a while, a designer comes along who, fully aware of what has come before, turns a totally new page.

Janet Zapata – Art Historian



Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle, Stefan and Sylveli’s son and daughter-in-law join Hemmerle. By now, Hemmerle’s distinctive design ethos has become the ultimate understatement of sophisticated preciousness. The continual search for the most intriguing gemstones, both old and new, is crucial and the globe is scoured treasure hunting for materials. A visual vocabulary continues to evolve: geometric silhouettes of rectangular cut gems or oval cabochons, mismatched earrings, wide curved armour-like cuffs, heavy curb chains, luxuriant tassels earrings.

The Hemmerle Couple Yasmin and Christian Hemmerle

One minute, they might set a large, cut aquamarine of an Aryam blue into an iron bangle of fierce single-mindedness, the next twist hundreds of tiny, polished carnelian beads into a bejewelled rope.

Isabel Lloyd – Intelligent Life



Die Neue Sammlung, the State Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Munich staged Myths: Jewels Today – Seen by Stefan Hemmerle, a three-month exhibition showcasing 145 Hemmerle jewels. A book is published to coincide with the exhibition.

An advertising column for a Hemmerle exhibition

a craftsmanship that exhibits utmost sophistication

Florian Hufnagl – Erstwhile Director, Die Neue Sammlung



Architect Tom Postma receives the 2007 Red Dot Design Award for Best Exhibition, for his design of Myths: Jewels Today –Seen by Stefan Hemmerle: a black box filled with gently moving backlit water that shimmers like moonlight.



Hemmerle’s gecko brooch was included in The Nature of Diamonds, a travelling exhibition from 2008 – 2010 organised by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

diamonds – chrysoberyl cats eyes – white gold



Hemmerle is honoured when the Harmony Bangle is chosen to become part of the permanent collection of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hemmerle's iconic harmony bangle

spinels – copper – white gold

Hemmerle have brought a distinctive and highly original voice to jewellery of the highest calibre.

Richard Edgcumbe – Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum



Hemmerle’s tarantula brooch, a pair of melo-pearl earrings and a melo-pearl brooch were featured in The Pearl Exhibition, a show of rare pearls and jewellery at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, from January to June 2010.

Melo Pearl earrings with garnets and rose gold

melo-pearls – garnets – pink gold – copper



Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle surprise Stefan with a vegetable-inspired collection of jewellery. To celebrate, Delicious Jewels is published, a book that introduces the jewels along with recipes by celebrated food writer and author Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Pea brooch in the garden

Hemmerle eggplant brooch

spinels – white gold – silver – copper

This collection is about seeing beauty where most people just see the ordinary details of daily life.

Christian Hemmerle
Snake bracelet with diamond and platin

diamonds – platinum



Hemmerle’s snake bracelets are included in Serpentina: The Snake in Jewellery Around the World, an exhibition at Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum from November 2011 to February 2012.



Hemmerle participate for the first time at Masterpiece, London’s highly-acclaimed art and antiques fair, and launch Egyptian inspired jewellery at the fair.

There is something for every taste at the event.

Maria Doulton – Financial Times



Hemmerle participate for the 15th year at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most important art and antiques fair, as the fair celebrates its Silver Jubilee.

The world’s most admired art and antiques fair.

Gareth Harris – The Art Newspaper



Three pairs of Hemmerle earrings created using melo-pearls and the Tarantula brooch are included in Pearls, an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from September 2013 – January 2014.

Hemmerle Exhibition Victoria and Albert Museum



A nature-inspired collection of 16 pieces of jewellery is launched at TEFAF Maastricht in March. An accompanying book Nature’s Jewels pairs the jewels with poetry from around the world selected by Greta Bellamacina and published by MACK.

View project

book cover

diamonds – bronze – brass – gold

Cork Oak
diamonds – sliver – copper – gold

melo pearl – gold

melo pearl – gold

Our own philosophy resonates with poetry - originality, beauty, boldness, creativity, and technical understanding also go into making a Hemmerle jewel.

Christian Hemmerle



An exquisitely curvaceous Harmony Bangle inspired by Egypt and crafted in exotic pock wood with turquoises and tsavorite garnets capping the ends joined the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Harmony bangle made of wood with tsavorites and turquoise

tsavorites – turquoise – pock wood – silver – white gold

Hemmerle is refreshing both visually and philosophically – with timeless pieces held in institutions from New York’s Cooper Hewitt to London’s Victoria & Albert, they are sustaining the recognition they deserve.

Olivia Singer – Under the Influence



Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial in 2016, the fifth instalment of the triennial exhibition series is dedicated to beauty and celebrates design as an endeavour that engages our full senses. Hemmerle’s bold and unostentatious creations included in the exhibition demonstrate its dedication to craftsmanship, exceptional quality and innovative material combinations. A display of over 10 creations showcases its strong visual identity developed over decades. Featured are works inspired by nature, including a eucalyptus brooch, snail brooches and bee earrings, all exquisitely crafted with a hint of realism. A dedication to colour is evidenced in earrings made with bright orange and pink sapphires, a purple garnet Harmony bangle and a vibrant orange topaz ring. Highlighting work from over sixty voices in the global design scene, Beauty expands the discourse around the power of aesthetic innovation

and shows that this exists in our experience of an object.

Hemmerle earrings with rubellite – tourmaline – sapphires – white gold

rubellite – tourmaline – sapphires – spinels – copper – white gold



The [AL] Project explores the unique properties of aluminium through innovative design and exquisite craftsmanship. The collection consisting of 16 pairs of earrings and a brooch is launched at TEFAF Maastricht in March.

Hemmerle brooch a clematis flower made of aluminium

Aluminium’s natural qualities provided the perfect opportunity for us to experiment with the metal and celebrate its past splendour.

Christian Hemmerle
Hemmerle brooch from the AL collection

aluminium – bronze – gold demantoid garnets

Hemmerle earrings made of aluminium and diamonds

aluminium – silver – gold – diamonds



Presented at TEFAF Maastricht this year is a new exhibition-stand featuring a sculptural structure designed by the Dutch architect Tom Postma in collaboration with Hemmerle. Uniting ambitious design with sophisticated engineering, the interlocking architectural structure combines bold form with surprising function. Composed from 16 individual screens made up of American walnut-wood rods, each individually crafted and connected to uniquely engineered aluminium rods, the multi-layered screens of the design appear to float and defy the rules of gravity.

Hemmerle booth at TEFAF art fair

It is the descerning eye of a sophisticated collector that will appreciate exceptional craftsmanship of Hemmerle whose jewels will definitley become the antiques of the future.

Joanna Hardy – Author, Curator and Jewellery Advisor



Hidden Treasures introduces Hemmerles grand 125th anniversary in 2018. Exploring its heritage as medal makers, Hemmerle delved into the cellars of its Munich atelier to discover a treasure trove of embossing stamps within its rich archive once used to make various medals.


Hidden Treasures – Hemmerle earrings

diamonds – silver – white gold

Inspired by the Royal Order of Saint Hubert


Hemmerle's 125th anniversary continues with Revived Treasures. Layered with cultural and historical references, this new body of work pays homage to Egyptian civilisation.

Hemmerles have long been mesmerized by the country’s unrivalled firmament of historic sites jewelled with pyramids and dazzling colour.


Hemmerle earrings 'Sons of Horus'

diamonds – faiences – bronze – white gold



Le Gallerie degli Uffizi – Museo della Moda e del Costume


Hemmerle is pleased to announce its inclusion in Animalia Fashion at Uffizi Gallery’s Costume and Fashion Museum, 8 January – 5 May 2019. The exhibition explores the impact of the animal kingdom on contemporary fashion and design. Included is Hemmerle’s butterfly brooch created with striking green emeralds, tsavorites and peridots set in yellow gold.

Nature and its organic sculptural forms are an endless source of inspiration for Hemmerle. The butterfly-inspired brooch on view showcases Hemmerle’s dedication to colour, impeccably matching gems so as to best respect the beauty and symmetry that nature creates.


emeralds – tsavorites – peridots – gold


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York

A Bishop’s Cross created by Hemmerle in 1900 has joined the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The cross was designed by Hemmerle’s founders - brothers Joseph and Anton Hemmerle - for the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, where it was awarded one of the show’s coveted prizes.

The body of the cross is 18-karat yellow gold with filigree work and opaque blue, black and white enamel is inlaid alongside translucent red and transparent cream enamel. Amethysts, citrine cabochons, chalcedony and pearls also adorn the piece.

The Hemmerle cross merges various medieval stylistic influences with great verve into a new ornamental revival language, typical of Hemmerle’s dedication to both quality and innovation.

Within the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the cross joins the Museum's comprehensive and historically important collection that reflects the development of a number of art forms in Western European countries from the early fifteenth through to the early twentieth century.

the bishop cross or crux pectoralis – front side

created by Hemmerle

the bishop cross or crux pectoralis – back side

created by Hemmerle

The cross was part of the private collection and archive of the Hemmerle Family since its creation in 1900 until it was gifted by Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle to The Met.

In our 125-year history, the Bishop's Cross, made in the turn of the 20th century, is a significant and celebrated milestone that has marked our history.

My wife Sylveli and I are delighted to gift such a precious part of Hemmerle to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as an important addition to such an esteemed public collection, where it can be celebrated further

Stefan Hemmerle

As with all our creations we strive to find them the perfect home and we could not be happier that our Bishop’s cross is now part of a museum that has been a huge source of inspiration to us.

I would like to express my gratitude to my parents for such a generous gift on behalf of Hemmerle

Christian Hemmerle


Infused Jewels

Infused Jewels is an experiential body of work inspired by the natural elements of herbal tea. Born out of collaborations with creatively aligned makers, Hemmerle’s fascination with humankind’s symbiotic relationship with nature has culminated in a multi-sensory project of ten pairs of earrings and three brooches, a bespoke tea blend, an illustrated modern fairy-tale, and a hand-crafted tea caddy. Taking shape over four years in total, the project inherently conveys the value of slowing down, contemplating, and savouring the moment.

Ginger Flower earrings

diamonds – aluminium – bronze – white gold



Museum of Fine Arts


Following a major renovation of its Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery for Jewellery at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, a pair of Hemmerle’s sapphire and iron tassel earrings, donated by Hemmerle to the gallery, will go on public display. Due to re-open in 2024, the remodelled gallery will showcase roughly 150 pieces from the institution’s jewellery collection, spanning some 4,000 years of human culture, and Hemmerle’s creation is a fitting tribute to its contemporary aspirations, fusing the finest example of traditionally woven beads with the unexpected use of iron – a nod to that first unorthodox commission which introduced the maison’s modernist aesthetic. Crafted in 2018, the earrings’ crown motif is a tribute to the ancient embossing stamp designs which line Hemmerle’s vaults, a link to its heritage as a medal maker, and a fitting embodiment of the current meeting the past in a creative output.

sapphires – iron – white gold

MFA Boston – USA – permanent collection

"The way Hemmerle simultaneously creates ground-breaking designs, often introducing new materials to fine jewellery production, whilst also honouring a long history of craftsmanship is very exciting. By offering robust apprenticeship training programmes to young artisans, Hemmerle also looks to secure the future of its unparalleled techniques and storytelling traditions."

Emily Stoehrer, PhD Curator of Jewellery at MFA Boston

sapphires – iron – white gold

MFA Boston – USA – permanent collection


Hemmerle celebrates a remarkable anniversary. In the 130 years since brothers Joseph and Anton Hemmerle established their goldsmithing and medal-making business in Munich, the house has become renowned for its creativity and dedication to rare craftsmanship. Today, under the stewardship of the fourth generation of the family, Hemmerle's unique and innovative designs are appreciated by a community of distinguished international collectors and displayed in some of the world's most respected cultural institutions.


diamonds – iron – white gold

"As we celebrate a milestone in our history, we wish to express our immense gratitude to all of you for your invaluable support with every facet of our journey. Your trust in our craft and vision allows us to continue to explore, innovate and express our creativity through the world of one-of-a-kind jewels.

As we chart a new chapter together, we very much look forward to seeing you all around the world and celebrating our shared appreciation of beauty in the every day."

Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle

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