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Dom Pedro Aquamarine

Jürgen Henn — Gem Dealer

Jürgen Henn with the Dom Pedro Aquamarine

Jürgen Henn with the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. Photo courtesy of Jane Mitchell.

Jürgen Henn, a third generation gem dealer from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, had the passion and the vision for the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. In 1991, Henn went to Brazil and was shown the magnificent crystal that had been mined in Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The original crystal was dropped by the miners and broken into three pieces. Two of the pieces were cut and faceted into many gemstones and later sold. The third piece was the section of the crystal that Henn wanted to preserve and have fashioned into something special. He had never seen an aquamarine crystal of such size, clarity, color and importance. Jürgen Henn has a philosophy: "What Mother Nature has made large, we should not make small." This is why the crystal, one of nature’s treasures, was saved. He knew only one person who he felt could create a one-of-a-kind piece, retaining as much of the original crystal as possible, and that was Bernd Munsteiner. Henn told Munsteiner, "We must save it and cut it." With a consortium formed, to include Jürgen Henn, Dr. Hermann Bank, and the Brazilian owner, the crystal would find its way to Idar-Oberstein to be transformed into Munsteiner’s masterpiece, the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. Henn likes to say that one must "listen" to the rough gem material, and "it will speak to you and tell you what it wants to become."

"What Mother Nature has made large, we should not make small."


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