A Stonecutter and a Jewelry Designer Team Up

When jewelry designer Tammy Kohl attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show last year, she made sure to visit German stonecutter Bernd Munsteiner. Kohl, owner of Taköhl Design in Chicago, had met Munsteiner and his son Tom the previous November in Chicago, and she sought them out again to revisit an idea the three had discussed: Munsteiner-cut stones set into Kohl-designed rings. Kohl and the Munsteiners collaborated on two different ring styles, both with aquamarine center stones: the Imperial, which features a rectangular gem, and the Grace, with a free-form gem. Carat weights range from 3.20 to 3.50. Prices for rings start at $2,800 in 14k gold and $3,100 in 18k gold. Kohl is well known for her Treasure Rings, which feature unique split-shank and hinged designs that conceal secret messages. Kohl’s Munsteiner pieces have a more sophisticated look— “fashion forward and avant-ga
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