Jurgen Maerz is not only a Certified Master Bench Jeweler but, he is an internationally-recognized expert in all aspects of working with platinum. He was born and raised in Germany and was in a formal jewelry apprenticeship program at a young age. Jurgen is an independent consultant, lecturer and author whose focus is always on platinum. His award winning books include The Platinum Bench and Adventures at the Bench. Jurgen has published numerous papers for the Santa Fe Symposium and was honored with the Symposiums’ Ambassador Award. Jurgen served as an SBDA judge in 2001 and 2014.