In 2005, German art jeweller, Michael Zobel, and long time protégé, Peter Schmid, announced their formal business partnership. Peter acquired the studio from Michael and now oversees the design, fabrication and distribution of works. Zobel continues to design for the studio and retains an important role in the Atelier. Their work is often collaborative.


Considered one of the most influential and important jewellers in the world, Zobel was born in Morocco, raised in Barcelona and trained in Paris. He established his first atelier in 1968 in Germany. Appropriate to his cosmopolitan background, Michael’s studio has become a destination for discerning international audiences of fine art jewellery. His one-of-a-kind creations can be found in the collections of celebrities, socialites and royalty.


Peter Schmid decided to study goldsmithing after a chance visit to Zobel’s studio on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany.  Upon completion of his studies at the School for Design and Jewellery in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, he returned to Zobel’s studio and apprenticed for another year and a half. During this time, he began representing Zobel’s work to clients and was soon travelling all over the world, attending international art and jewellery events as Zobel’s assistant.


Atelier Zobel’s work bridges the gap between fine art, defined by a unique aesthetic and fine jewellery, defined by intrinsic value – Atelier Zobel achieves distinction in both milieu. Distinguished by elegant combinations of precious metal, Zobel’s design frequently employs pattern in an almost textile-like way. Stripes, checks or soft, diffusion of tones, are common. Gemstones are always unusual or unusually cut, against traditional expectations: oversize cabochon quartz domes, raw diamonds and transparent squares of amethyst or beryl are just a sampling of the studio’s choices.  

Atelier Zobel’s jewellery has frequently been compared to the paintings of Gustav Klilmt. They share a richness of pattern and opulence that reflects a “crossroads” influence. Perhaps it is Zobel’s Moroccan background, and time spent in Barcelona that lends this work its exotic richness. Europe and the Orient seem to meet in the Atelier’s aesthetic, but always with restraint and highly distilled sense of design.