The master goldsmith Dieter Stötzel creates, together with his daughter Sabine, unique objects of jewellery.
He has had an atelier and workshop in the small town of Kreuztal in South Westphalia since 1974, in which he produces exclusively his own designs.
From the first sketch, to the model and up to the finished object, every step of the work is in Dieter Stötzel’s hands. He works not only with the precious metals widely used by goldsmiths: gold, silver, palladium and platinum, but also with mokume-gane. This is a mixed precious metal laminate, whose working demands particular skills. In addition, he often uses old techniques, for example the so-called chasing, a form of metal-working in which the metal is not cut, but struck or pressed over a soft underlay with a hammer and punch, so that lines and reliefs arise. Various goldsmith hammers are also used to structure the surfaces differently. Some of the hand-crafted objects are complemented with precious stones, for which Stötzel often uses his favourite mineral, opal.