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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.

Medals and Orders
Medals and Orders
Medals and Orders

Known for its craftsmanship
since 1893, Hemmerle produces 
only one-of-a-kind pieces.

Nazanin Lankarani
International Herald Tribune

1895

Purveyor To The Court

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.
 
 

Purveyor To The Court
design of a pendent
Purveyor To The Court
design of a trophy
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.

Paris Exposition Universelle
1904

Maximilianstrasse

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.
 
 


 


Maximilianstrasse

Munich’s family-run jeweller
has been in the same store for over
100 years, and it’s still innovating.

Vivienne Becker
Financial Times How to Spend it

Link to Article
1905

Maximiliansorden

Maximiliansorden

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Front

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. And Carl Hemmerle

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

1937

Carl Hemmerle

Carl Hemmerle now takes control
of the business.

Carl Hemmerle
1968

Renovation

Renovation

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

1970

Next Generation

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.

1993

100th Anniversary

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.

100th Anniversary
diamonds - 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.









 














 

A True Contemporary Work of Art
A True Contemporary Work of Art

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.

Boutique Redesign
Boutique Redesign