They’ve passed the test! Four masters-to-be are proudly presenting their masterpieces. Two of them come from our company, whereas another two work in Udo Juchem’s studio, who supports us by training the young engravers. The impressive pieces are on display in the Deutsche Edelsteinmuseum (German gemstone museum) in Idar-Oberstein as “Objects of the month.”
Both engravers, Caroline Hess and Jennifer Barta are employees of STEPHAN, though they were trained by the master of engraving, Mr. Udo Juchem and his son Christoph. Caroline and Jennifer are two big talents in engraving artistry and with the addition of their unique style, we continue to enlarge our collection of engravings.
Caroline Hess on her artwork: My optional piece has become a very personal code of arms. It reflects me personally as well as my love for my home. I chose a red carnelian, size 20x18mm, as material.
Jennifer Barta, being a horse lover, had only one subject to think about. She engraved a romantic scene of a horse and it’s reflection in the water into a size 70×46 mm banded agate.
The two gem engraving masters Claudia Skodlerak and Jessey Dilly started their apprenticeship at STEPHAN as gem cutters in 2014 and earned their diploma in 2017. As a result of their extraordinary achievements during the final exam, both received a scholarship from the Chamber of Crafts for becoming master craftsmen.
Claudia Skodlerak developed the idea for her masterpiece while watching a Harry Potter movie. By combining a grey and brown natural banded agate, she created a magic wand.
Inspired by the lunar eclipse of 2018, Jessey Dilly developed his creation by the same name. This natural spectacle, also called a bloodmoon, was recreated with an amethyst for the crescent moon and a citrine for the shadow of the earth.
Our future masters have already accomplished a great deal and all four of them should be more than proud of their work.
Within the coming weeks, you will be able to read more detailed interviews published on here.