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Most books are to be ordered at arnoldsche art publishers.
For other publications, please send an email with the desired title(s) to our librarian, Mrs. Kammann. You will then receive a payment request for your order + shipping.
After receipt of payment you will receive your books within a few days.


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(Alumni and students who contribute to the publications get further special conditions for extra copies! Please enquire with Ms. Kammann)

Artist in Residence 2015 - 2023

This English/German catalogue offers an overview of works by  jewellery artists made as a donation for their residency in Idar-Oberstein in the period 2015-2023
Publisher Trier University of Applied Sciece.
English / Deutsch, 133 pages.

€ 12,-


Rare stones—whether part of a collection or processed into small sculptures and jewels—have fascinated people for thousands of years. They trigger longings and even prompt criminal activity. Their extraction causes bloody conflicts, but at the same time the trading and processing of stones brings together people from the most remote regions of the world. In LithoMania students at the Idar-Oberstein Campus confront these ambivalent imperatives. As part of the exhibition series Design Lab at the Kunstgewerbemuseum [Museum of Decorative Arts] in Berlin, the students present their deliberations on this profound material in objects, drawings, photographs, and texts. The sketch-like documentation visualises the process and restores a lightness to the material that enables new approaches and a freedom of artistic expression.

272 pages
14.6 x 22.2 cm, 200 ills. Softcover
English / German
€ 28,00 incl. VAT

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Three students - Natascha Frechen, Constanza Salinas, Luisa Werner - and one graduate - Felicia Mülbaier - have jointly produced a book. Initially intended as an accompanying brochure for "Parcours de Bijoux 2020", it has grown into a beautiful catalogue that documents not so much the results as the working situations and intermediate stages. The documented "jauntiness" thus refers to the bliss of creation, to the moments of realisation of the good in becoming.

dimensions: 24 x 17 x 0,5 cm
number of pages: 55
number of pictures: 39
ISBN: 978 3 00 067986 5
Price: € 19,50 + shipping

ROCKStars Idar-Oberstein


On 05.11.2020 the curtain will rise for the ROCKSTARS from the department of Gemstones and Jewellery at Campus Idar-Oberstein in the showroom of the family business Robert SCHÜTT Witwe in Pforzheim. The setlist includes 50 hits and new releases by the alumni and students from the last five years. This book is the accompagnying catalogue to this exhibition.

At Campus Idar-Oberstein, newcomers to the jewellery scene have dedicated themselves with body and soul to the intensive investigation of gemstones. Idar-Oberstein, at the same time world trade center for gemstones of all kinds and place of study in a certain seclusion, is for the students the rehearsal room, in which they break existing structures and develop progressive designs. As ROCKstars, students and alumni stage contemporary pieces of jewellery that not only show the material gemstone in unexpected and unconventional applications, but at the same time redefine elements of a centuries-old gemstone aesthetics and are thus socially positioned

2020 published by arnoldsche art publishers
96 pages
17 × 24 cm, 63 ill. Swiss softcover.
German / English
ISBN 978-3-89790-622-8

€ 24,-


ThinkingJewellery 2

ThinkingJewellery Two reports on the different perspectives of our quest for a "theory of jewellery“. The series "ThinkingJewellery" arose from the symposium series of the same name in which purely specialist jewellery expertise is deliberately integrated only sporadically and exemplarily – as well as in these books. Instead, scientists who look at the phenomenon "jewellery" from the outside will have their say. Then only an interdisciplinary approach makes it possible to determine the position of jewellery within the context of art and design within our contemporary society.

ThinkingJewellery Two offers, besides a contribution by Wilhelm Lindemann on the historical development of the crystalline, an essay by Regine Prange on the factual but also content-related reflections in the work of van Jeff Koons and its relations to Andy Warhole as well as an essay by Olaf Müller, he introduces thoughts on Goethe's work relating to physical phenomena.

2020 published by arnoldsche art publishers
184 pages, English
12 x 22 cm, approx. 50 pictures in colour.
Brochure with dust jacket.
ISBN 978-3-89790-539-9

€ 15,-

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nsaio 6

"New jewellery from Idar-Oberstein 6“ is the catalogue for the 30th anniversary of the Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein. It shows works in stone, jewellery and photography from students of the Department.
With contributions by Ute Eitzenhöfer, Eva-Maria Kollischan, Wilhelm Lindemann, Julia Wild, Theo Smeets and Marjan Unger.

2016 published by arnoldsche art publishers
368 pp., 17.5 x 24.5 cm
English / German 
ISBN: 978-3-89790-473-6 

€ 34,-

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Edelstein | Kunst

Gemstones have always been, since time immemorial, heavily charged with meanings, have even been regarded as magical objects. For that reason they have also become an art medium since the early modern age and have shaped as art symbols – in the form of the crystal – both Romanticism and Modernism, for example in the works of Caspar David Friedrich, Lyonel Feininger and many more. In the latter half of the twentieth century, not only have such artists as Bernd Munsteiner, Ute Eitzenhöfer and Bernhard Schobinger rediscovered the gemstone; through the Hochschule für Edelstein und Schmuck Trier/Idar-Oberstein and other similar specialist institutions it is also undergoing a revival in today’s art production – right up to Damien Hirst. This publication spans an arc from stone-cutting in the early modern age to the (gemstone) art of the twenty-first century. A large section devoted to illustrations – featuring art historically important works – encompasses the diversity of contemporary positions for the first time. 

With essays by
Wilhelm Lindemann, Idar-Oberstein, Regine Prange, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M. and Paulus Rainer, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna

published by arnoldsche art publishers
352 pages, 24 x 30,5 cm, 316 colour ills. 
Hardcover with dust jacket. 
English / German.
ISBN: 978-3-89790-465-1 

€ 49,80

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Artist in Residence 2006 - 2015

This English/German catalogue offers an overview of works by almost 50 jewellery artists made as a donation for their residency in Idar-Oberstein. 
Publisher Jakob Bengel-Stiftung.
English / Deutsch, 133 pages.

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on the way to a theory of jewellery
352 pages, 16,5 x 24 cm, 110 illustrations in colour and 230 in black and white. Hardcover. Text in English.
ISBN: 978-3-89790-326-5

"SchmuckDenken" is the condensed result of the symposium of the same name, which has been jointly organised since 2005 by the Idar-Obersteiner course of studies in gemstone and jewellery design at the FH Trier and the city of Idar-Oberstein. More than 100 jewellery designers, students and scientists from all over Europe meet here regularly. They conduct a comprehensive, unlimited discourse on the theoretical foundations of jewellery on the basis of scientific contributions from a wide variety of research fields.

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nsaio 5 - english / deutsch

This catalogue offers a choice of present work by students of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department of Gemstones and Jewellery at campus Idar-Oberstein.
English / German, 66 pages, 38 photos.

€ 5,- (+ shipping)

nsaio 4 - english edition

This catalogue offers a choice of present work by students of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department of Gemstones and Jewellery at campus Idar-Oberstein.
There is a separate English and a German edition with slightly different fotos, 32 pages.

€ 5,- (+ shipping)

nsaio 3

The catalogue offers a rich selection of current works as well as a description of the upcoming Master's programme.
German/English, 64 pages.

€ 13,- (+ shipping)


This booklet documents "Achat+", a cooperation project with Herbert Stephan KG. In this project an examination of traditional versus modern techniques of gemstone processing is documented. The possibilities were promoted to test new technologies, to use them and to work researching and developing.

German, 16 pages.

€ 4,- (+ shipping)

nsaio 2

The catalogue was produced in cooperation with Galerie Aurum, Frankfurt am Main, as an accompanying booklet to the exhibition nsaio 2.

German, 16 pages.

€ 5,- (+ shipping)

Steine Tragen

This book presents the beginnings of the first European university location with a focus on gemstone design and documents the activities of the emeritus Prof. Udo Ackermann. 

German, 117 pages.

€ 15,- (+ shipping)

Über Schmuck und Stein

The first publication of the department after 10 years of existance.

This book aims to awaken a passion for jewellery and for jewellery that is not oriented towards traditional values, but enjoys a fresh, cheeky and pleasurable design. In an unusual graphic book design, student research projects and diploma theses of the Department of Gemstone and Jewellery Design at the Fachhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz, Idar-Oberstein, which has been in existence for ten years, are exemplarily presented.

1986 arnoldsche art publishers
German/English 163 pages.

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