Colored Stones: Hemmerle’s Veggie Tales; A Price Above Spinel

Eat Your Heart OutThree years ago, Christian Hemmerle, the fourth-generation member of Munich’s prestigious Hemmerle family—known among global connoisseurs for its luxurious yet unconventional jewels—stumbled upon a magazine article about salads. “They were really beautiful,” he says.The story, and the lush photos that accompanied it, reminded Hemmerle of a series of mushroom brooches his father, Stefan Hemmerle, had created and sparked an idea: Why not create a line of vegetable brooches rendered in the materials for which the company is known—copper, silver, and AAA-quality gemstones? Of the 12 jewels in Hemmerle’s vegetable collection, including these corn, pumpkin, and cauliflower brooches, only the last remains unsold (at press time).In March, at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands, Hemmerle unveiled a 12-piece collection featuring one

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