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JUERG P. MUFF
Juerg has been creating fine handmade jewellery since 1979 and he has won an enviable international reputation for individual style and impeccable craftsmanship.
His work as a jewellery designer, goldsmith and platinumsmith has earned him the recognition of his peers around the world, as a number of prestigious competition placings illustrate…
Finalist – World Facet Award (the equivalent of the Oscars in Fine Designer Jewellery)
Finalist – International Tahitian Pearl Trophy
Finalist – International Pearl Design Contest Tokyo
Winner – New Zealand Tahitian Pearl Trophy (necklace category).
Juerg’s jewellery has been featured throughout the international media including:
Australian Jeweller magazine Air New Zealand’s Panorama magazine Bangkok Gems & Jewellery magazine JCK USA magazine Jewellery Time New Zealand magazine L’Oreal Fashion Week magazine Style magazine Women Today magazine New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times and Southland Times newspapers TV NZ ONE Network News, Q 92FM Radio etc.
His exhibition credits to date include displays of work in New Zealand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, America, Italy and Japan. His jewellery is treasured and held in private ownership all over the world.
Juerg is a member of the Jewellery Manufacturers Federation of New Zealand, the New Zealand Jewellers & Watchmakers Federation, the Gemological Assoc. of NZ and the International Gem Society. He has been inducted into the prestigious NZ Goldsmith Guild.
He is a graduate of the School of Applied Art in Berne, holds a Swiss Certificate of Proficiency as Goldsmith and a GAA Diamond Grading Certificate.
“To see the joy people get from receiving something specially made for them – that is my inspiration! My style is not restricted to any particular designs, as I draw inspiration from many different resources. I love contrasting different forms, materials and finishes. Having trained classically and at School of Applied Art allows me to design & create the most classical Art Deco piece or the most modern Contemporary Jewellery adornment. In every piece I strive for an attractive elegance. The result when inspired design meets masterly craftsmanship. Elegance becomes Intrinsic & Everlasting.”
Jewellery – a Passion
Juerg works from his studio overlooking Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, at the foot of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The gold he uses is from New Zealand goldfields, responsibly mined under the supervision of the Departement of Conservation and in compliance with the Crown Minerals Act. Juerg is one of very few jewellers worldwide that are able to buy gold directly from the miner in alluvial form. This offers an ethical choice of gold with an unbroken link from the miner to the wearer. Platinum, diamonds and gemstones are sourced worldwide to match his work’s international appeal.
Juerg says: “I feel fortunate to be asked by clients to design and create custom made jewellery. Working in my studio is a passion for me, as much as it is a vocation. This passion is translated into my work and becomes a part of the jewellery. “With one-of-a-kind unique pieces, there is a personal reward in the design & manufacturing process, a connection with the eventual wearer is established.
“I produce all my work through the medium of traditional gold-smithing techniques, applied with todays best practice principles, creating design- and workmanship standards which I believe will never date.”
A percentage of all sales is donated to an Aid Project which aims to create better opportunities for children in rural Bolivia. We have met the local administrator personally and made lifelong friends with some of the wonderful people of Sorata.
“Cerro Ricco” in Potosi, BOL was the biggest silvermine in the world and was worked by forced labour under Spanish colonial rule. Today, despite the apparent mineral-wealth, Bolivia remains one of the poorest nations on earth.