PORTRAIT – ABOUT US
We are proud to have been there for you for over 15 years and to have established a permanent place in the Basel goldsmith scene. We have invested a lot in a wide range. We have a large stock of raw gemstones and manufacture pieces of jewelry according to your individual wishes. However, we are now unique in the world and internationally known for the retina jewelry we have designed and produce ourselves.
Stefan Wacha – Goldsmith & jewelry designer
Stefan Wacha is our chief designer. The Retina jewelry idea arose out of his urge to create something unique. A piece of jewelry that can only exist once, as it is tailor-made for each customer based on their retina (or their partner) and therefore cannot be duplicated. It is his favorite project, which he developed in 2016 and which he has since presented to a growing audience at numerous international trade fairs in Switzerland and abroad and therefore enjoys an ever-growing fan base.
Originally a biologist, he was looking for a creative challenge and found his calling in jewelry design and as a goldsmith. Together with his wife Marlen Wacha, he has been running their goldsmith’s workshop “kleine Rheinperle” in Basel since 2007, which occasionally also had branches in Zurich and Riehen.
Some time ago, mechanical wristwatches started to fascinate him. Whether hand-wound or automatic with complications – this started a completely new chapter as a challenge to expand our jewelry range with high-quality handcrafted and of course individualized Swiss wristwatches.
Our quality work is your added value!
As a goldsmith, he is one of the few who have mastered the old Japanese goldsmithing technique Mokume Gane, with which he combines several colored precious metals (gold, platinum, silver) to create jewelry creations, each and every time unique.
CAD jewelry designs are his other true calling. The possibilities are endless for creating jewelry designs and as a customer, you can enjoy a photo-realistic 3D animation that enables you to see exactly what you can expect before placing your order.
We have mastered modern and traditional techniques
At the microscope of our modern laser, we spend many hours in highly concentrated work in order to carry out delicate repairs even on delicate pieces of jewelry, where soldering is not possible due to sensitive gemstones or valuable pearls.
Our own engraving laser engraves your pieces of jewelry with technical perfection and enables us to carry out your orders promptly without that your piece of jewelry has to leave our workshop.
Marlen Wacha – goldsmith & juwel setter
Marlen Wacha is goldsmith and sets all different kinds of precious stones, including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, turmalines and so on.
Her fine hands and patience give your piece of jewelry the perfect final touch.
She is able to finish complicated orders using traditional techniques as well as high-tech machines. Whenever creative solutions are needed, her input is most valuable in order to combine the best out of the two Wacha-brains, so our customers benefit from the maximum support and each solution contains a male as well as a female part.
„In a time of fast pace, mass production and online over stimulation, we would like to set a counterpoint with our art of jewelry creation. Individuality should be cherished and equally expressed but still kept secret from the broad mass.“
How you get to us:
by public transport:
Stop “Schifflände” for tram 6,8,11,14 and bus 31, 34, 36, 38.
Rheinsprung is the tiny street winding its way up the hill towards the Basel cathedral. Ca. 50m on the right side you’ll find our store.
from train station “SBB”: take the tram 8 to “Schifflände”
from train station “Badischer Bahnhof”: tram 6 to “Schifflände”
covered car park Storchen (Grossbasel, ca. 2 min) or
covered car park Räbgass (Kleinbasel, ca. 5 min).
Mind you, the “Mittlere Brücke” (middle bridge) is not allowed for general traffic!
Careful – in the lower part of Rheinsprung you have to push your bike – frequent police checks occuring !