Dedicated Place for Art Jewellery & Objects


Idar Oberstein / Germany

Management :
• Theo Smeets


Hochschule Trier/ Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department for Gemstones and Jewellery.

Data and facts: Young in years, rich in experience. The Department of Gemstones and Jewellery was founded in 1986. Since then the study program has developed continuously. The adjustment to the European study standard “Bachelor/Master of Arts” has now existed since the winter semester of 2008/2009. The Master course in Gemstones and Jewellery has been offered since the summer semester of 2008. The Master program is taught in English only.

Since the winter semester of 2013/14 the department has developed three unique „Fine-Arts-degrees” within Europe. A „Bachelor of Fine Arts” a „Master of Fine Arts“ and a „Master of further education of Fine Arts“ which is for vocational qualified people.


Jewellery is not craft. There is a cross section with the masterly craftsmanship, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another

Jewellery is not design. There is a cross section with the fashionable aesthetic and commercialization, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another.

Jewellery is not art. There is a cross section with „existing out of itself“, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another.

But the goal is not to create or sharpen boundaries.


As an object of personal use, jewellery needs without any doubt a distinctive or connecting level of meaning. This is also reflected in consumer needs. The Faculty ties in these levels and asks questions about art, social and intercultural life, ethnology and history.

The Program is orientated at some qualification goals which include artistic competences, commitment in civil societies, and personal development. According to those competences, we also foster communication competences, coordination and organisation competences.

The central approach of the Program is to develop design structures and thinking structures of artistic action which are orientated at the social and cultural requirements of the 21st Century.

The field of learning is specifically dedicated to evolve the students own artistic identity. It is coined by a profoundly intercultural environment and a highly communicative teaching and study situation.

The graduates of our school should be enabled during their studies to focus first on the different roles of wearer and beholder and also on their role as creators.

Art should ask questions in a way of abstraction. Jewellery enables us to raise a connection between our roots and our current surrounding. Because of this possibility, we can notice changes in our surrounding and react appropriately.

The Creator of Art has to be aware of his own positioning concerning their own symbolism, semantics, and Iconography. He has to question and evaluate their own creation and artistic strategies, and, if necessary, to rework and actualize them, to have a social meaning in a contemporary context.

To say it a little easier:

The Artist reflects the surrounding society, processes and sensitivities by creating a piece of art. This piece of art gains a place within society and changes it. The society reacts, the artist registers the reaction and creates a new piece of work based on those reactions and experiences. This circuit means a permanent update of pieces, a permanent change, a mental evolution. That way jewellery stays in contact with society. Not controlled by Marketing strategies mercantile Values or fashionable ephemerality. No aesthetical blunting but making the mental, emotional or social evolution ascertainable. This process generates identity for the creator and the recipient.


Das Bachelor-Studium Edelstein und Schmuck ist interdisziplinär ausgerichtet. Ziel ist es, die Studierenden zu einer eigenständigen Position im Spannungsfeld von freier und angewandter Kunst sowie Design zu befähigen. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Edelstein- und Schmuckgestaltung. In weiteren Kursen wie z.B. Mineralogie und Designmanagement werden praxis-relevante Aspekte der späteren beruflichen Tätigkeit behandelt. Seminare zu kunst- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Themen bieten die Möglichkeit, das eigene Schmuckschaffen in einen gesellschaftlichen Kontext zu bringen. Grundlegend für die eigenständige, künstlerische Entwicklung ist unser Lehrangebot in den Bereichen Bildhauerei, Kommunikationsdesign, Fotografie und CAD. Gastvorlesungen und Workshops renommierter SchmuckkünstlerInnen sowie Exkursionen ins In- und Ausland fördern den intensiven Austausch mit der externen künstlerischen und fachlichen Praxis.



The MFA course in gemstone and jewellery enables its graduates to contribute to the contemporary national and international gemstone and jewellery scene, with the aim to become an active and decisive part of it. It also combines creative development in the field of gemstone and jewellery and its co-related subjects with design theory and the specific topics of gemstone and jewellery.



Ute Eitzenhöfer, Eva-Maria Kollischan, Theo Smeets, Winfried Juchem, Jutta Kallfelz, Gerrit Binz, Tanja Emmert, Tobias Häger, Willi Lindemann, Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, Julia Wild, Cornelia Wruck.


Studying in the department for Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein




Vanessa Zöller | Adrenalin kickt IO | Photomontage | 2015 Qi Wang | Object| Injection | 2015 | Ready mate object, stone | © Qi Wang Valerie Wagner | Necklace: Untitled, 2016 |Plastic, limestone, rock crystal, flax twine | Photo by: Michael Müller | Model: Arnaud Sprimont Edu Tarin in collaboration with Klein & Becker GmbH & Co. Pendant. 2015. Mold D1. Granite, Silver. Stone Cutting, CNC Machining, electroforming. 100x130x70 mm 235gr Worn by Sari Räthel. Photo by Edu Tarin Tarin Edu | Brooch | Revival 5 | 2012 | gold plated copper Saleema Sheikh| necklace Dani Schwaag | Necklace | 2008 | Copper, enamel | ©Dani Schwaag Stephie Morawetz | Neckpiece | 60233040 | 2014 | Stone, magnets | 40 x 35 x 10 cm | © Stephie Morawetz Azh Malik | Cuts |2016 | Smoky quarz, rock crystal | ©Michael Müller Lina Goltsios | Ring | Untitled | 2016 | Silver, resin, pigments, rock crystal | ©Cornelia Wruck Denise Ebert | Object | Emotions | 2016 | Lignite |©Denise Ebert Matthias Dyer | necklace | lapis lazuli, plastic, varnish, silver, steel | 2012 | ©photo by artist Gabriela Cohn | Necklace | Tatzia 11 | 2016 | porcelain, silver, pigment | ©Qi Wang Ignasi Cavaller | Necklace | Being on the fig tree | 2016 | Meminisse | Lemon chrysoprase, Kevlar, plastic, olive wood, laquer | ©Qi Wang Brenez Catalina | Necklace | 2016 | marble, resin with graphite, textile | ©Qi Wang Yftah Avrahamy | Necklace | Untitled | 2016 | Agate, fine silver, nylonthread | ©Qi Wang Pia Groh | Necklace | Necklace 2 | 2016 | Agate, oxidised silver | ©Michael Müller

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Saleema Sheikh
Valerie Wagner
Vanessa Zöller
Yftah Avrahamy


Vollmersbachstraße 53a
55743 Idar Oberstein

Opening Hours

Secretary of the Department for Gemstones and Jewellery
Mon, Tue + Thu 13:00 – 16:00
Wed 9:00 – 12:00 + 13:00 – 16:00