between layers – worlds within agate

Modern craftwork and ancient gemstones in the treasury of the State Collections of Antiquities.

The worlds within the agate, its unusual layered structure and variety of colours, have fascinated man for thousands of years. Since its discovery, the abstract beauty of agate has inspired countless artists to create objects as well as jewellery from it. Its special layered structure allows the creation of gems since ancient times.

The aim of the "mineralART 2014" competition therefore, is to reset the focus on the uniqueness of agate and to find contemporary ways of working and artistically interpreting it.

The competition winners and other outstanding pieces will
be displayed in the State Collections of Antiquities.