The most extraordinary and widely known gemstone cutters in modern history, the Munsteiner family of gemologists has contributed to the arts for generations. Bernd Munsteiner received the American Gem Trade Association's coveted Life Honorary Member Award. The Munsteiners have developed an individual approach to art through their unique cutting style, a creative approach to design and a love for stones. From the Munsteiners’ perspective, jewelry is an expression of individual personality. It shows sensitivity, feeling for rhythm, contrasts, accents, structure, composition and dimension. They have revolutionized a style for cutting precious stones, sculptures and reliefs. The art of the Munsteiner family has an individual signature and their own character. Their entire creative objective is directed at exploring and shaping.
They cradle each large or small precious stone with respect, honor and passion. If the pressure in cutting it is wrongly calculated, the crystal will shatter. The Munsteiners have never swayed from doing "Art." They have kept true and genuine for generations to their "Art" in their beautiful and unique jewelry design, sculpture and reliefs. Early on, the family united and worked together, keeping themselves fed by cutting for other artists. Now their work is collected worldwide and the Munsteiners are acknowledged among the international gem cutting elite. The Munsteiner family is a gift to the world and especially to all of us at Exposures Gallery.
"I try to show in my stones how human life is reflected in the structure of minerals. In all this time I had the possibility to see very special important big crystals and to leave my fingerprints on them with my cuts and grooves. I am grateful for that. Every day brings new challenges to express new ideas with my work." - Bernd Munsteiner