Dieter Roth was born on May 3, 1948 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, into a family that has traditionally been engaged in cutting crafts since the 17th century.
Dieter Roth entered the glyptography course in 1963. After completing the course, he passed the examination for a master’s degree in glyptography in 1973. Worked for the world famous gem engraver Richard Hahn for 15 years. Dieter carved many gems while working at Hahn Atelier, and in 1978 he founded his own company, Roth Atelier, where he still works. His cameos are distinguished by their smooth surface and feminine imagery.
Dieter Roth’s son, Andreas (b. 1973), continued the family tradition and joined his father in his workshop to work in the glyptic genre. Andreas was trained by his father and graduated as a gem cutter and engraver in 1999. He has been working in his father’s company since 1996, and in 2008 he founded his own company. The workshop successfully specializes in the production of cameos, unique engravings, portrait engravings and unusual items made of precious stones.
Dieter and Andreas Roth are known for their series of large cameos depicting biblical motifs and scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare. The cameos are carved from multi-layered stones and feature luxurious intricate and fine workmanship. The most famous cycle of large cameos is Faust I and Faust II based on the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The highlight of this series is the largest cameo in the world, engraved on both sides, measuring 46 x 38 cm, which took more than 2000 hours to complete.