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12 rare Hemmerle pieces are coming to the block during Sotheby's London auction. The pieces are one-of-a-kind and part of the largest single-owner collection of the Hemmerle jewelry brand. Back in 1893, Christian Hemmerle's great-grandparents began their journey into jewelry when they purchased their business from a goldsmith based out of Munich.

His ancestors and later provided pieces, including medals for the Bavarian royals. The rarity of these pieces can often be attributed to the unique materials used to create them, including coral from a shipwreck and artifacts from ancient Egypt. There is only one place that shoppers can peruse the Hemmerle wares, and that is their lone shop at Maximilianstrasse 14, Munich, Germany.

Christian Hemmerle described the collection of jewels that were to be auctioned off: “By blending the vocabulary of sculpture with the functional demands of jewellery design, we strive for a timelessness in our work that endures – we are pleased audiences will have the rare opportunity to reassess these historical works through the filter of the present. Collected by a single owner over a decade, these creations provide insight into our context and development as designers during an important and defining period in our history. Recent years have also seen jewellery become more widely recognised as an art form, in turn growing the secondary market for contemporary collectible jewellery – we are pleased to see our creations become part of this development through this unprecedented sale.”


During a conversation between Christian Hemmerle and Town and Country's Stellene Volandes, the two discussed scheduling and when the remainder of Hemmerle's jewelry will find its way into the public eye. “We do what we do on our own time frame,” said Hemmerle. “I still have gems from my grandparents in the vault. I don’t feel pressure to use them until we are ready. If we come back from a buying trip with only five stones we can be happy we found five extraordinary things, not worry that they won't be enough to fill up all our stores.”


Sotheby's London begins on November 26th and will be offering the sale of the 12 rare Hemmerle pieces during the event. 

Information originally sourced from Town and Country.