The Hemmerle 125th anniversary party.

Hemmerle, the Munich-based jeweler founded in 1893, recently partnered with renowned event designer David Stark to create an Egypt-inspired soirée so lavish, glamorous, and bejeweled that Nefertiti would have felt right at home.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Left: Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle and Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle. Photo: Milos and Natasa Horvat. Right: Princess Firyal of Jordan and Samia Farouki. Photo: Eleana Hegerich

Hosted by Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle, their son, Christian, and his wife, Yasmin, the elegant black-tie dinner party was held in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The occasion was Hemmerle’s 125th anniversary and the launch of the company’s latest collection, “Revived Treasures,” a breathtaking assortment of bespoke baubles blending Egyptian antiquities with precious stones and metals.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Photo: Susie Montagna

Breathtaking describes the party as well. Upon entering, the guests—members of the haut monde from across the globe—were greeted by a striking candle installation on the steps of the Great Hall. It featured more than a thousand twinkling votives, carefully placed to spell out “125.”

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Photo: Susie Montagna

The attention to detail didn’t stop there. The dining tables featured linens embroidered with ancient Egyptian symbols, and the runners were made from fine woven raffia. The chargers were hand-crafted from Albizia wood, and the candle holders, constructed from sea salt, came from Egypt.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Photo: Susie Montagna

Punctuating the space were magnificent floral designs inspired by the Egyptian landscape. They featured a lush mix of flowers and greenery, including palm tree leaves, grasses, Egyptian Papyrus fronds, Lotus flower pods, and olive branches.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Photo: Milos and Natasa Horvat

Complementing the sights were the sounds. Chris Norton and his band played during the cocktail hour, while a string orchestra and gospel choir performed during dinner. A beautiful film by Topos Graphics showing the history of the company and larger-than-life images of their jewelry provided an eye-catching backdrop to the dinner.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Left: Sara Al Rashid, Tarek Shamma, Yasmin Hemmerle, Mai Eldib, and Shrook Al Mulla-Alghanim. Right: Claiborne P. Deming, Elaine Deming, and Patty Hambrecht. Photos: Eleana Hegerich

As a nod to Hemmerle’s history as medal makers, each guest left the party with an individually folded paper pyramid. Inside was a zobaba fly, the first Medal of Honor for Chivalry awarded by the ancient pharaohs.

Hemmerle 125th anniversary party

Left: Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller. Photo: Eleana Hegerich. Right: Alyson Cafiero. Photo: Milos and Natasha Horvat

According to an old Egyptian proverb, “In every vital activity, it is the path that matters.” With this extraordinary party, Stark and Hemmerle proved that following a path of quality, authenticity, and attention to detail always leads to an exceptional experience.

Click here to read more about Hemmerle, here to learn more about David Stark Design, here to see more work from Topo Graphics, and here to read about other “parties with a purpose.”

Top photo: Susie Montagna

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