Gemstones and Jewellery

Astonish goes Con Cretus. Six Graduates from Idar-Oberstein Exhibit at Handwerk & Design in Munich

Domestic Summer Collage by Helen Habtay, 2018.

An international collective of six female makers who met in the misty, magical valley of Idar-Oberstein. Our passion for making is driving us. We found each other to spread and expose our ideas of jewellery and adornment.

"During the years, we realised how enriching our diversity is and how much we inspire each other. We share a table, a glass of wine, many thoughts and laughters. Yet again we put our flavours together, to express our perception of intimate bonds. Together we are stronger. Together we are ASTONISH.

So pass by and give three cheers with us to our new Exhibition Con Cretus, a celebration of diversity, togetherness and passion.

Our ASTONISH project is travelling and exhibiting internationally at venues such as the Jewellery Hotspot SCHMUCK in Munich, Melting Point in Valencia, Spain or Jewellery Silver Festival in Legnica, Poland. Our next stop is SCHMUCK 2019 for the fourth consecutive year at Internationale Handwerksmesse Munich, hall  B1, stand 757."



Gabriela Cohn (MFA 2015) is a maker from Argentina, living and working in Spain.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Honours in Design (B.Des) in Betzalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, 1990.
In 2016 she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Recently her work has been selected for the European Prize for Applied Arts: Monumentality / Fragility.

Helen Habtay (MFA 2018) is an Eritrean maker based in Germany.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Honours in Jewellery and Accessories at Middlesex University, London, 2013 and 2018 with a Master of Fine Arts Gemstone and Jewellery at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Gemstones and Jewellery Department, Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
Since 2018 Helen lives and works happily in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Julia Obermaier (MFA 2017) is a jewellery maker from Germany.
She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Departement of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Currently, she is studying her Master of Advanced Design at University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany.
Since 2016 she has her own atelier in Kempten, Germany.

Pia Groh (BFA 2017) is a jewellery maker from Vienna/Austria.
In March 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
She lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany, where she opened her own Studio in April 2018.

Sharareh Aghaei (MFA 2018) was born in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
She started her academic education at the Art University of Tehran, focused on Art and Handy craft. After her graduation of the BA, she managed to found a personal goldsmith workshop and worked as a freelance. From March 2013 she started her further education, in Hochschule Trier, Edelstein and Schmuck Design Idar-Oberstein. In September 2015 she had the opportunity to have an exchange Semester in Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy. In July 2017 she finished her MFA at Hochschule Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein.
After the graduation, she works as a professional stone carver and sculptor.

Stephie Morawetz (BFA 2016) is a jewellery maker from Austria.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Modisterei at the Art University Linz in 2010. Furthermore, she successfully completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts studies in 2014 at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Departement of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Founded 2016, together with Laura Jack the non-profit organization NOD - Not only decoration.
Graduated 2017 with Master of Engineering, Design and Art at Shenkar in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Stephie Morawetz Necklace: Set in Concrete, 2018 Concrete, lace lingerie. Photo by: Stephie Morawetz
Gabriela Cohn Pendant: Zmanth II, 2019 Concrete 10 x 12 cm Photo by: Gabriela Cohn
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