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German born jeweller Rainer Beneke gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and moved to New Zealand in 1984. In 1990 he became a NZ citizen and began training as a jeweller, first working with goldsmith Blair Smith then completing the first year of the Craft Design programme at Otago Polytechnic School of Art. In 1998 he joined Ann Culy at her Dunedin gallery/workshop Lure where they spent 23 years working alongside each other.

Rainer treasures the ancient techniques of European gold & silversmiths and finds meditative joy in the process. His work is inspired by the calmness and clarity of the vast Central Otago landscape with its rugged tussock covered mountains.

From 2019

Rainer Beneke

Pendant, fine silver   $500
  BOOM   There's nothing biblical about being stuck in traffic
Pendant, fine silver, fine gold rivets, 18ct gold toggles   $1,800
  BOOM
Pendant, fine silver   $450
  BOOM   When your head hits a pillow of soft feathers
All pendants on braided polyester cord. Words from 'Better to burn out', a poem by Iain Cheesman, 2017

From 2017

Rainer Beneke

Noughts and Crosses
Pure silver pendants   $380 each
Pure silver, 22ct gold and diamond pendant   $4,600

From 2016

Rainer Beneke

Ring - 22ct gold, 0.266ct diamond D S12 size L)   $4,980
Ring - 22ct gold, 5 black & 4 white diamonds (size N½)   $2,800
Ring - 22ct gold, 0.175ct black diamond (size M)   $2,600

From 2015

Rainer Beneke

Pendant: "For your touch"   $440
Pendant: "Anchor me in the middle of your deep blue sea"   $480
Pendant: "Here I am with every muscle aching for your touch"   $480
Materials: Pebbles from Sandy point Invercargill, pure silver, braided polyester
Words by Don McGlashan

Rainer Beneke

1.  Stater, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $320

2.  Aureus, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $1,880
Now is the golden age

3.  ½ Thaler, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $400
I was looking back to see
If you were looking back at me
To see me looking back at you


4.  Hecte, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $580
Listen

5.  Tetradrachm, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $400
8 4 8 4 / If there is a fork in the road, take it

Rainer Beneke

6.  Stater, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $320
Take more time, cover less ground

7.  Thaler, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $520

8.  Stater, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $320
Hunger for sense not cents nonsense

9.  Tetradrachm, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $400
And others haven’t a clue what time it is or where it goes or even where the clock is

10.  Drachma, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $220
Kicking up mischief / walking the wire

Rainer Beneke

11.  Dinar, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $1,180
If not now / when

12.  1 oz Bullion, pure gold, 22ct gold toggle, diamond  $7,800
When do we lose the ability to step back and get
a sense of our own ridiculousness


13.  Aureus, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $1,880
Listen to the drums beat

14.  Solidus, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $1,180
Abundance / not what we have but what we enjoy

15.  1 Hecte and 5 Hemihecte, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $2,400

Rainer Beneke

16.  Solidus, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $1,180
True idleness takes courage

17.  ½ Thaler, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $400
A conversation punctuated by leisurely
comfortable silences


18.  Thaler, pure silver, 18ct gold toggle  $800
Superman you are tired
Superman you need a rest
from all the constant flying
and bullets bouncing off your chest,
the world goes on without you
we’ll be all right without you
for a while SJD


19.  Stater, pure silver, sterling silver toggle  $320

20.  Late Bezant, pure gold, 18ct gold toggle  $980
Seize the day

All pendants on coloured polyester cord / braid

From 2014

Rainer Beneke

Beads for Contemplation   $5,400
Amber, gold, diamonds

From 2013

Rainer Beneke

Necklace   $4,800
Pure and sterling silver, 22ct gold, diamonds, sapphires, rubies

From 2012

Rainer Beneke

Earrings   22ct gold, with ten diamonds   $2,400
Earrings square   22 ct gold with two diamonds   $1,140
Earrings   22ct gold, with two rubies   $1,980

From 2011

Rainer Beneke

Homeland series, words from 'Another day in America' by Laurie Anderson
1 Pendant, SILENCE   $380
2 Pendant, WONDERLANDS   $380
3 Pendant, TIME   $380
all pendants pure silver

From 2010

Rainer Beneke

'12 Links' necklace   $2,400
Sterling silver, 22ct gold

From 2009

Rainer Beneke
Bracelet   $4,400

Stg silver, 22ct gold, 18ct gold catch, 0.3ct sapphire, 0.36ct oval ruby, 0.17ct diamond

 
  

From 2008

1   Gold cross pendant   $2,140
22ct gold, ruby, braided polyester
2 Silver cross pendant   $340
Pure silver, braided polyester

	

From 2007

'Making Waves' Pendant   $340
(Perm it/ curl curl curl)
Pure silver, braided polyester

From 2003

Rainer Beneke # C503 Rainer Beneke # E775 Rainer Beneke # 5

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