Alumni Chapter

Houston Chapter: House of Dreher – A Gem Carving Dynasty


Gerd Dreher Snail. Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA

The Houston chapter is excited to welcome a fifth generation artist and master gem carver, Patrick Dreher, from the House of Dreher. Dreher will present a brief history of his home, Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the renowned gemstone trading and cutting center. He will also share his family's rich legacy within the community and their historical association to gemstone carving in Russia, including the House of Fabérge, the Hermitage Museum and the support of encouraging contemporary carvers today.

Patrick Dreher, son of the late Gerd Dreher, apprenticed under his father to master his family’s skill, as past generations did before. Today, he is the sole artist and creator carrying the House of Dreher family tradition into the fifth generation. It is reassuring to know that the Dreher family gem carving tradition will continue well into the 21st century and continue to evolve.


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