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Eurojade - Le Spécialiste du Jade - The Jade Specialist


Idar-Oberstein, Germany

March 2011

Helmut Wolf was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, in 1940 and reached his Mastership degree as gem cutter and grinder in 1959.

Since them, he has never stopped carving scuptures and bowls from all kinds of  rough materials (rock crystal, agate, nephrite jade...) and he won a well deserved international reputation as a Master of this art.

Helmut Wolf and a nephrite jade bowl

Helmut Wolf had to work two and a half years for a pair of bowls out of a 600 kg crystal rock rough stone which brought him a listing in the Guinness Book of Records.

One of his bowls was offered to Queen Elisabeth II by Sheik Chalid when she visited Saudi Arabia.

entrance of Helmut Wolf's workshop ; nephrite and rock crystal sculpture (detail)

A man still full of passion for his art,  Helmut Wolf opened his doors and we were delighted to discover where he creates his masterpieces.

Helmut Wolf working a nephrite jade bowl


 Helmut Wolf's masterpieces need weeks, months and sometimes years to be completed.

splendid Canadian nephrite bowl (diameter 21 cm x height 23 cm) which costs 23,000 euros

another Canadian nephrite jade cup (17 cm x 17 cm x 3.6 cm)

other bowls

the masterpiece : 56 kilogs of crystal rock from a 1.8 ton rough; the costs to make it are equal to a nice house in a big city wealthy suburb!

aventurine quartz bowls



fluorite and crystal rock bowl (private collection)

crystal rock bowl

view on the garden from the workshop

left : jasper ; right : aventurine quartz

Dozens of japer, rock crystal, nephrite jade and other rough gemstomes are waiting in the garden to be carved by Helmut Wolf's skilled hands; some are in the open air, others are protected by tarpaulins.

Did you know that it takes, weeks, months and sometimes years for a bowl to be completed by Helmut Wolf ?

And did you know that his bowls float on water ?

It is so rare to meet people like Helmut Wolf that we highly recommend any art and gemstones lover to visit him and his fabulous masterpieces when in Idar-Oberstein.