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From pre-historic times on, mankind painted or carved into rocks, to express their feelings and emotions.

For thousands of years, this was the only way to share thoughts, dreams and visions with others and future generations.

Through the centuries, this form of art became more and more refined. From Greek to Roman emperors, many used engraved roll-on seals. Kings and nobility used intaglios set in rings to sign their letters. Therefore, engraving gem-stones became a more and more treasured art. In medieval times not only royals but also the clergy became more and more intrigued by the possibilities of portraits, symbols and other insignia, to be immortalised in stone.

Through Edwardian and Victorian times, it eventually experienced a huge renaissance again, in England mainly known as the “Essex-Crystal”. Every gentleman had to have one.

Today, only a small number of artists remain to carry this art into the future. Heinz Mayer OHG has invested a considerable amount into nourishing and supporting these artists – so that their skills are not lost, but passed on for future generations to treasure.