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1893

MEDALS AND ORDERS

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 Selection of medals made by Hemmerle

1900

PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE

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

1904

MAXIMILIANSTRASSE

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

Bavarian Maximilians Medal designed by Hemmerle back

back / front

1905

MAXIMILIANSORDEN

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.

1921

JOSEPH JR UND CARL HEMMERLE

Joseph and Anton’s sons, Joseph Jr. and Carl Hemmerle join the firm after World War I.

1937

CARL HEMMERLE

Carl Hemmerle übernimmt die Geschäftsleitung.Carl Hemmerle now takes control of the business.

Portrait of Carl Hemmerle

1968

RENOVATION

The boutique on Maximilianstrasse renovated

The boutique on Maximilianstrasse is renovated by Carl Hemmerle and his wife Lore.

1970

NEXT GENERATION

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

1993

100TH ANNIVERSARY

To mark the 100th Anniversary, Stefan creates a strikingBavarian 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

1995

A TRUE CONTEMPORARY
WORK OF ART

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

1998

BOUTIQUE REDESIGN

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

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