A friend asked me yesterday about the place where my husband and I had our wedding rings made, so I figured it was a good time to write about Bau und Roth and start my 'getting married in Munich' series.
We tried (and succeeded) using as many local artisans as possible when we got married here in the autumn of 2009. Not realizing how arduous (really!) the whole ring design/selection process would be until I had a frustrating experience* at one Schmuck Atelier trying to have a family diamond custom set into a new ring, I asked a work colleague where she had gotten her simple, attractive wedding band.
She told me about Bau and Roth, an Atelier in Glockenbach. She said the two jewelry designers that ran it were very nice, and that they would first make you a model ring in silver that you could wear for a week to see if you liked the design. Sold!
We went to the classic-yet-hip studio, and met with Elke (Elke Bau and Philllip Roth are the partners behind the operation.) She was, indeed, lovely. It was nice to be dealing with wedding stuff with young, non-stuffy, low-key people. She was patient, accommodating and talented. They had a great selection of original designs, one of which we chose as a starting point.
She made us a silver model pretty quickly (sorry I can't remember, but I think it took about a week) and once we had decided, we had our real white-gold rings within a couple of weeks (I think.) After the rings were finished she assured us that we could stop by any time if we needed any adjustment large or small. I recall taking her up on the offer and, as promised, it was no problem it all.
For two wedding rings, made out of white gold with engraving on both, the price was under 1000 Euros (but what we got was pretty simple). I signed up for their mailing list. They have a yearly open house, sadly we haven't been able to make it yet, maybe this year.
On a side note: I discovered one of the reasons there are so many Schmuck Ateliers in Munich is because one of the big jewelry design schools is here. Once the students get a taste of life in Munich, they don't want to leave and set up shop here.
Check them out:
Bau und Roth
Gold- und Silberschmiedemeister
T 089 26 94 94 49
F 089 189 22 570
*some might have called it a Bridezilla meltdown
All images from Bau und Roth