BERND & TOM MUNSTEINER GEMSTONES

Bernd Munsteiner transformed gemstone cutting. Before Bernd, colored gemstones were cut into traditional round, oval, square and rectangular shapes that had no sculptural component other than those dictated by the shape of the raw material.

Bernd changed everything. His vision was to create transparent gemstone sculpture by playing with light and reflection in an entirely new way. He created the Fantasy Cut and “negative cutting”. With negative cutting reflective facets are cut into the stone rather than on its surface. The result is a gemstone with shifting, multiple reflections of sculptural shapes suspended within its transparent interior.

Bernd became known as the “Picasso of Gemstones” with his work in museums and private collections around the world. One of his master works is the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, one of the major treasures of the Smithsonian Gem Collection in Washington DC. Bernd’s focus is now on sculptural scale projects.

Tom Munsteiner, Bernd’s son and now Master of Atelier Munsteiner, grew up cutting gemstones. He is a master stonecutter, has developed his own distinctive gemstone cutting style and is an artist in his own right. Expanding on the concept of negative cutting, Tom is creating both one-of-a-kind gemstones for designer jewelry and large sculptural pieces cut from natural crystal material. By melding new technology and art, he is able to create pieces previously impossible to cut that are imbued with his distinctive style.

Tom has received international accolades too numerous to mention and many of the stones in my personal collection are Tom’s work.

Dom Pedro Aquamarine

Bernd Munsteiner
41.99 carats
24.72 mm x 23.72 mm x 14.16 mm tall

This 41.99 carat stone is a piece of the famous Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the largest aquamarine ever found and now one of the treasures of the Smithsonian Museum Gem Collection.
When Bernd Munsteiner cut the Dom Pedro into a gemstone sculpture, this stone was fashioned from a piece of the gem material that remained.
A very special stone.

Aquamarine
Tom Munsteiner
41.22 carats
36.96mm x 23.78mm x 6.26mm

NOT FOR SALE

Aquamarine “Magic Eye”
Tom Munsteiner
39.03 carats
25.39mm x 25.41mm x 7.94mm

NOT FOR SALE

Tourmaline, Rubellite
Tom Munsteiner
27.09 carats
21.37mm x 21.32mm x 8.83mm

NOT FOR SALE

Tourmaline
Tom Munsteiner
13.81 carats
24.61mm x 11mm x 6.88mm

Peridot
Tom Munsteiner
13.12 carats
14.71mm x 19.47mm x 7.30mm

NOT FOR SALE

Mandarin Spessartite Garnet
“Imagination”
Tom Munsteiner
31.08 carats
17.90mm x 18.72mm x 10.30mm

NOT FOR SALE

Aquamarine – context cut
Tom Munsteiner
16.67 carats
17.11mm x 17.24mm x 10.13mm

NOT FOR SALE

Bicolor Tourmaline – pink/green
Tom Munsteiner
10.31 carats
11.72mm x 17.03mm x 8.27mm

NOT FOR SALE

Aquamarine
Tom Munsteiner
10.14 carats
16.2mm x 12.8mm x 7.2mm

Mandarin Spessartite Garnet
Tom Munsteiner
9.82 carats
14.69mm x 14.82mm x 5.65mm

NOT FOR SALE

Citrine
Tom Munsteiner
42.74 carats
31.78mm x 25.74mm x 10.04mm

Amethyst with Crystal “Star”
Tom Munsteiner
28.73 carats
19.53mm x 19.71mm x 12.30mm SOLD

Gold Beryl “Erotik”
Bernd Munsteiner
9.84 carats
28.63mm x 12.96mm x 5.52mm

NOT FOR SALE

Tourmaline
Tom Munsteiner
4.36 carats
13.66mm x 8.56mm x 4.27mm

Gold Beryl
Tom Munsteiner
7.76 carats
20.88mm x 9.81mm x 4.70mm

NOT FOR SALE

Citrine
Tom Munsteiner
20.56 carats
20.63mm x 10.44mm

NOT FOR SALE

Beryl
Tom Munsteiner
6.88 carats
12.92mm x 12.88mm x 7.14mm

SOLD

Moonstone
Tom Munsteiner
13.87 carats
22.01mm x 12.90mm x 6.21mm

NOT FOR SALE

Quartz with Phantom Crystal
Tom Munsteiner
56.68 carats
38.71mm x 25.06mm x 8.85mm

Aquamarine
Tom Munsteiner
7.83 carats
14.46mm x 14.43mm x 5.21mm

Citrine “Erotik”
Tom Munsteiner
12.41 carats
26.30mm x 13.57mm x 7.48mm

Quartz with Glimmer
contains a cloud of violet mica particles that play in the light
Tom Munsteiner
43.04 carats
22.76mm x 18.03mm x 14.87mm

NOT FOR SALE

Tourmalinated Quartz – cut in an arch
contains a garden of black tourmaline crystals
Tom Munsteiner
21.91 carats
35.29mm x 12.73mm x 9.01mm

NOT FOR SALE

Rock Crystal with Tourmaline crystals
Tom Munsteiner
24.22 carats
22.18mm x 19.37mm x 6.69mm  SOLD

Rock Crystal with Rutile crystals “Prisma”
Tom Munsteiner
23.15 carats
20.95mm x 22.43mm x 5.53mm

Citrine matched pair “Erotik”
Tom Munsteiner
4.54 carats
6.07mm x 22.09mm x 3.33mm
6.04mm x 21.91mm x 3.22mm

NOT FOR SALE

Rutilated Quartz
Tom Munsteiner
124.13 carats
67.44mm x 26.34mm x 7.08mm

Rock Crystal with Rutile
Tom Munsteiner
20.13 carats
27.91mm x 13.90mm x 7.05mm

Rock Crystal with Rutile and Tourmaline crystals
Tom Munsteiner
128.65 carats
49.84mm x 54.89mm x 6.82mm

Rock Crystal with Rutile and Tourmaline crystals
Tom Munsteiner
170.85 carats
53.49mm x 53.96mm x 7.51mm