For five generations the name Dreher has been synonymous with
animal carvings of the highest quality, executed in precious gemstones.
These unique works, whose quality was already appreciated in the
19th century by Peter Carl Faberge (amongst others), chosen
Goldsmith of the Russian Tsar family, are found in numerous
private collections and public museums worldwide.
Patrick Dreher continues these traditions today at the family
headquarters in Idar-Oberstein. He interprets the Dreher family
tradition in his own way and raises it into the next level.
He learned the secrets of the trade and craft from his father;
especially how to select and "read" the precious stones, the
structure and colour, correctly to bring out the hidden animal.
It can take time to find the right gemstone to match a certain
idea - and while the quality of the gemstone may be suitable,
it may not have the exact measurements or layer pattern to
reveal, or exhibit, an intended motif.
Comprehensive studies of the movement and silhouettes of
animals are necessary, preferably done by direct observation of
the animals in their natural habitat.
What fascinates and simultaneously challenges Patrick Dreher
time and time again is the unification of the vivacity of both
worlds - the task of finding the right motif from the seemingly
infinite animal world as well as its depiction in its own
movement, matching the colour scheme of the gemstones, thus
making each object a unique piece of art.
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