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Tom Munsteiner, Esteemed Gemstone Cutter, Passes Away at 54 January 15, 2024 (1 comment)


Dallas, TX--Tom Munsteiner, a prominent figure in the world of gemstone cutting, passed away on December 28, 2023, at 54.

[The Munsteiner family, from left: Bernd, Philipp, Tom, and Jutta; image via AGTA]

A report in the American Gem Trade Association stated that Tom was part of the Munsteiner family, known for their mastery in gemstone cutting, and operated Atelier Munsteiner in Germany. Survived by his wife Jutta, son Philipp, and parents Hanne and Bernd, Tom was respected for his innovative approach to gem cutting, which was distinctly softer and more rounded than his father Bernd's angular style.

His notable works include the "Double Bubble" earrings and the "Dom Pedro Aquamarine," the world's largest cut Aquamarine, now housed in the Smithsonian Institute. Tom's artistic legacy spans various impressive works, such as the "Visions in Crystal" sculpture at the University of Arizona's Alfie Norville Museum.

The report added that colleagues like Brad Payne, Edward Faber, and Susan Helmich recalled Tom's artistic vision, technical skill, and warm personality. Helmich, in particular, collaborated closely with Tom, setting several of his gems into fine jewelry pieces.

Read more in the entire report in AGTA.

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To the family of the Munsteiner‘s,
I worked with TOM here in the US as his liaison to the US market and helping several stores. It was always a pleasure to work with him. He was always a gentleman and a great person. His legacy will live on with his son and the rest of the family. If there’s anything I can do, please let me know here in the states.
Sincerely, Greg Davis.

By Greg Davis on Jan 19th, 2024 at 6:06pm

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