Bernd Wilhelm, Quatre Bornes

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  • On the way to Mauritius we came up with the idea to look for an engagement ring there. Via google we came across Bernd's jewellery manufacturer. And on a rainy day we spontaneously drove to Bernd to Quatre Bornes following the good reviews on tripadvisor. When we rang the iron studio door, we were a bit excited, which is what awaits us. But then Bernd received us very warmly in his studio and showed us his beautiful works in the jewelry showcases. After that we sat down and he showed us possible engagement rings, which we liked very much. But then we came up with the topic of wedding rings quite quickly and soon after we dealt with wedding rings for the first time. Bernd gave us excellent advice, explained everything possible, showed gemstones and their GIA certification and we tried together and thought about how we could design the rings. After almost three hours we left with the great feeling that we probably found our wedding rings. A week later, we made our way to Bernd again– this time shortly announced in advance by e-mail. We sat together again for quite a while, advising and trying out stone, profile, size and width. Bernd also showed us his workshop and the machines he shipped from Germany to Mauritius. So we were allowed to look over his shoulder while forging and got an impression of how he would make our wedding rings. All in all, we were again three hours with Bernd, who quickly disappeared, because apart from the great jewelry advice we also had a wonderful conversation and Bernd told us a lot about the country and the people. Unlike many other jewelry shops in Mauritius, Bernd does not pay the taxi drivers a hand money for bringing tourists to him (accordingly Bernd does not have to add these amounts of more than 100 EUR to the prices for his jewelry...). However, he is often not approached for this, instead tour guides and taxi drivers tell us that Bernd has closed, only produced or sold bad goods. Therefore 3 tips for getting there: 1. The arrival is easily possible with the rental car, the navi finds the way and in front of the house there are parking spaces – that's how we did it. 2. Bernd also offers to pick up interested parties in their hotel and bring them back after visiting the studio. Since it does not in any way give you the feeling of having to buy something, we can recommend this possibility without hesitation. On the contrary, there are certainly still many tips about the island from him on the trip. 3. The taxi driver insists that one is brought to Bernd. Dear Bernd, thank you very much for taking so much time for us! We are very much looking forward to our rings, which will always remind us of Mauritius and our visit to your studio!
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  • This is a thorough review of our experience with Bernd Wilhelm. If you want three short points that summarize our experience it is: • Genuine Care • Professional and unique craftsmanship • Great value for our experience: We are a couple of 25 years old and have waited with our engagement because we have not found any "Felt like Us". After reading very many good reviews about Bernd Wilhelm and his wife, we decided to contact him via email to see if he could help us find what we were looking for. It should be added that we were not determined what we were looking for, we were completely novice when it comes to design and material choices. We got a quick reply by email where we had to come on Friday, two days later, a time that suited us. Once there at the crossing, it took a little orienteering to find the entrance, until we realized that the big sign was right in front of the nose. It should also be added that there were several parking facilities just outside if you just like us travel by car. One floor up we had to come in to Bernd's studio where we got a warm reception where he quickly showed us around because we then sat in his office. Since we didn't know at all what we were looking for, Bernd showed up a huge variety of different variants of rings he made. There was no one who felt quite right but we saw different parts among the respective ring we liked. The thickness of a ring. The width of a ring. One Ring grinding and another's color and polishing. With a calm and great expertise, Bernd piloted us through what would fit, always with the care of a few-seen blow. When we arrived at a set of criteria, Bernd went off with us and made two sample rings in copper so our unfamiliar fingers got to know how it would feel. He took us and showed when he squeezed out the cups and then treated it so it went to design for rings. A great experience! Once back at his office we got to try the newly made copper rings that were made after our (!) fingers and wishes. After a little consultation we did less change...
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  • Great handmade jewellery by german goldsmith Bernd Wilhelm. This great work you won't get anywhere else on the planet for this price. You can just have a look into the making of his jewellery, of course buying their pieces or get a piece just as you wish. Specially when you are here for your wedding or renewing your vow to get some very special pieces. And have a look into his workshop with the very old german machinery.
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