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Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures celebrates Hemmerle’s 125th anniversary and explores 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. 10 bold one-off pieces draw inspiration from the shapes and forms found, transforming them into contemporary works.

Old fabric pattern book for medal

Antique pattern book for ribbons

1893 The Hemmerle brothers, Joseph and Anton, acquire the sales premises and workshop of the Munich jeweller Elchinger on Augustinerstrasse. In taking over this goldsmith’s firm, whose speciality is making medals and insignia, they keep alive a tradition unbroken since 1796, in which both the business and the embossing tools used in medal production have been handed down from one family to another. The Bavarian royal house of the Wittelsbachs are among their clients from the start.

Impression of atelier work in former days

The fine art of medal making

1895 The company is appointed supplier to the Bavarian royal court and Hemmerle remains the preferred creator of all medals in the Kingdom of Bavaria up until the end of the monarchy in 1918. Hemmerle also makes the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Hubert, the oldest and most distinguished of all Bavarian orders with a tradition stretching back to 1444.

The Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Hubert

The Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Hubert

Star of the Royal Order of Saint Hubert

Star of the Royal Order of Saint Hubert

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Hemmerle brothers become suppliers to the Vatican, producing almost all its Papal medals. Among these is the Order of Saint Gregory, inaugurated in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.

Cross of the Equestrian Order on the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Cross of the Equestrian Order on the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

1905 From this year on, Hemmerle is responsible for the creation of the Bavarian Maximilian Order. Initiated by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1853, the Order is awarded for exceptional achievement in science and arts.

A selection of old medals
Bavarian Maximilian Order for Art and Science

Bavarian Maximilian Order for Art and Science

2018 Hemmerle commemorates its 125th anniversary with Hidden Treasures that draws inspiration from the company’s origins and the tradition of medal creation.

Image of old embossing stamps and samples
Earrings inspired by an eight pointed star medal

diamonds – silver – white gold

...resolutely contemporary creations.

Rachel Garrahan – New York Times
making of a Hemmerle earring

Handcraft and precision

making of a Hemmerle earring
Hemmerle tassel earring with a little crown

sapphires – iron – white gold

Selection of Hemmerle designs inspired by medals
Hemmerle bangle inspired by the bourbon lily

diamonds – ebony – iron – silver – white gold

Hundreds of ancient embossing stamps lie in the vaults of the atelier. Aureoles, laurel wreaths, oak-leaves, star rays, crowns, crosses - the shapes stand out in delicate outline from the positive and negative forms of their iron embosses. The embossing stamps are an inspiration for a thoroughly contemporary series of jewellery creations.

Hemmerle earrings inspired by a merit medal

diamonds – iron – silver – white gold

Hemmerle earrings inspired by an eight pointed star

Antiquities, pebbles and acorns are set in Hemmerle creations with the same reverence as emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.

Marion Fasel – Elle Decor
Hemmerle earring inspired by an embossing stamp

diamonds – bronze – white gold – red gold

Equally, a single star-shaped element from a former ceremonial badge re-emerges, in modern re-interpretation, as an abstract expression of noblesse.

Dr Birgit Sonna
embossing stamp with a floral pattern
Pegasus earrings and the embossing stamp

Pegasus Earring – inspired by the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Art and Science

Pegasus earrings by Hemmerle symbol of art

diamonds – aluminium – white gold

Hemmerle earrings with embossing stamp

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