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Tom Munsteiner, Well-Known Gem Cutter, Dies at Age 54

He was ‘a visionary in the space’ and ‘created a unique look that was always boldly his own.’




Well-known gem cutter Tom Munsteiner, owner of Atelier Munsteiner in Germany, has died.

He was 54, Rapaport News reports. Munsteiner passed away on Dec. 28 at home in Germany.

“Tom was a renowned, award-winning gem carver whose bold approach to cutting styles made him a visionary in the space and created a unique look that was always boldly his own,” according to a post shared by Gemworld International. “A gem carved by Tom was, without a doubt, instantly a work of art.”

The posted noted that Munsteiner’s wife, Jutta Munsteiner, and son, Philipp Munsteiner, will carry on the company’s work with their team in Germany.

The family requests that mourners visit their booth at GJX or the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery during the gem shows in late January/early February.




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