Munich jeweller Patrik Muff inspired by love, death and faith
MUNICH, Germany, October 9, 2011 – Designer Patrik Muff produces chunky, statement pieces with ornate, “new Baroque” style symbols representing love, death and faith, in sterling silver and 18-carat gold, as well as a range of accessories such as key rings and belts.
Muff, who crafts his jewels in a cosy wood-panelled workshop behind his boutique in central Munich, fashions skulls, stars, spears, hearts, medallions, and religious symbols in his creations for men and women.
“Once I have created a piece, I move on from it and its story goes on with the person who wears it,” Muff told Jewellery Outlook during a recent visit to his shop at 15 Frauenstrasse, near the famous Marienplatz.
“My workshop is where I feel comfortable. Everything comes from there.”
Muff’s masterpiece jewels are heavy Ethno-bracelets, combining layers of pearls or coral or lapis lazuli, retailing for around 3,000 euros each.
His rings typically retail for 300-700 euros each, necklaces from 200-2,000 euros, and his keyrings, which like his jewellery feature great attention to detail, sell for around 300-400 euros each.
Muff said the soaring prices of precious metals had not had a significant impact on his business or his approach to design.
“People are paying for the design rather than the materials,” he said.
Muff, whose clientele includes tourists from around the world as well as locals, produces an iconic range of jewels for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg which are on show at the inhorgenta jewellery trade fair in Munich. inhorgenta 2012 will take place from February 10-13, 2012.
As well as showcasing his jewels at inhorgenta, Muff is a buyer of gemstones at the show, sometimes from dealers based in Germany’s gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein.
“inhorgenta is a great place to network. Once a year, everybody who we want to see is there,” Muff said.