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Dieter Jerusalem is one of the great gemstone craftsmen of our time. Born in 1942 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, he attended the renowned school for gemcutters there for three years together with Bernd Munsteiner, another famous lapidary artist. From 1957 to 1960 he apprenticed to one of the best-known lapidaries in Idar. Two years later in 1962, after a difficult training, he received his Master Lapidary Diploma, becoming the youngest master for gemstone cutting in Idar.

The Jerusalem surname derives from the First Crusade. His first traceable ancestor was the Duke Baldwin the 2nd of Hennegau, Belgium, one of the first notables to reach the city of Jerusalem. The name Jerusalem was awarded to him in the year 1098 as an honor.

Dieter Jerusalem started to cut stone eggs in his father’s atelier in the mid 1960s. At first, they worked closely in the style of Fabergé. But soon, he began to "carve" his own style and path in the lapidary field, so that today he is well known by collectors of gemstones and mineral eggs throughout the world. Bounded to the traditions of Idar-Oberstein, each mineral is cut so that its natural purity and beauty is brought out. He only uses traditional cutting and carving techniques. As a gemstone "purist" he does not combine metalwork with his carvings, preferring to let the material speak for itself. Much of his time has been spent finding rare and unusual gemstone materials, especially from various exhausted deposits in Europe.


Dieter Jerusalem (second from right)

Dieter Jerusalem (second from right)