Michael Zobel (German, born 1942), Carved by Tom Munsteiner (German, born 1969)


Height x width x depth: 5 x 6.5 x 7 cm (1 15/16 x 2 9/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold (22 kt and 24 kt), silver, rutilated quartz (182.38 carats), and diamond

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Contemporary Art, Europe, Jewelry


Bracelets and armlets

The cuff bracelet is an outstanding example of the artists pioneering efforts in fusing gold to silver which is then oxidized to give maximum contrast between the metals. In the center of the bracelet is a large, rectangular rutilated quartz carved on both the surface and the underside. The “X” design is the result of the stone carving, the gold on silver metalwork, and a series of tiny white diamonds. The lapidary work was done by the noted gem carver, Tom Munsteiner.


Engraved Zobel (cursive script) 2003 under bezel; stamped Zo/925/K on applied tab under bezel; painted "pt235.735/Rut. quarz TM/182.38 ct" under bezel


2003, Zobel Atelier, Constance, Germany; 2008, gift from Peter Schmid (atelier manager) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 25, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter Schmid