Tom was born in 1970 in Munich, Germany, the 4th generation of a well-established goldsmith’s family. Following in the footsteps of his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather – all Master Goldsmiths, he started an apprenticeship at the School of Jewellery at Munich’s Luisenschule, graduating as a goldsmith in 1991.

After completing a series of special advanced courses at several international institutes, he received additional qualifications as a gemologist and diamond expert. In 1995, he was awarded a master’s degree from the renowned HBZ in Muenster, Germany.

Following his interest in state of the art jewellery manufacturing techniques, in 1995 Tom invested in one of the first laser welding machines available on the market that was especially designed for the jewellery trade. Soon he earned international recognition in his field, which brought him to the UK in the late 1990s.

In 1997 he set up a well respected course in Creative Laser Welding Techniques for Birmingham’s City University, BIAD, and was the first in the UK to introduce this technique to the jewellery trade. Since running his first course in 2000, he has taught his specialised skills to many students and established jewellery designers. Since 2006 Tom has based his business in the UK. He mainly works in platinum, alongside 18 carat yellow gold, combined with rare coloured precious stones and diamonds.

Tom has received many awards in the last few years for his unique designs and innovative ideas. Tom is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths´ and the City of London since 2014.


Awards

2015

Goldsmiths’ Craftmanship & Design Awards UK
Technological Innovation Award
Centurion Designer Award USA

2014

Zaha Hadid Selects 2014
Special Ministerial Award from the Western Cape Government
for an outstanding contribution to the visual arts on national and international levels

2009

DIA 2009 – Design Innovation Award · UK
UK Jewellery Awards 2009
finalist Designer of the Year
finalist Best Platinum Bridal collection
Platinum Award ‘Trends 2009’
Platinum Guild International

2008

Goldsmiths’ Craftmanship & Design Awards · UK
Gold Award, Section Setters Senior
Gold Award, Section Technological Innovation
DIA 2008 – Design Innovation Award · UK

1991 – 2007

DIA 2007 – Design Innovation Award · UK
Goldsmiths’ Craftmanship & Design Awards · UK
Technological Innovation Award
International Pearl Design Contest · Tokyo, Japan
Prix Arctica · Finland
Best of Works – Kemi Art Museum · Finland
Benvenuto Cellini Gold Medal · Germany for the highest possible design & manufacturing standard
Honour of the Japanese Government for an outstanding committment in Akoya Pearl Design