What I love most is to sit down at my workplace, listen to my own thoughts and then take delight when I see that people like my jewelry.
I love talking to people and to find something special for everyone who comes to the shop.
When you are full of new ideas in your head it’s good to take a tool and start realising a few things.
It’s impressive to use my own hands, a tool and some raw materials to create something beautiful.
I love that we don’t just follow general trends in creating jewelry, because I think it’s uniqueness that adds colour to life.
I always knew, even as a child, that I wanted to become a goldsmith. Consequently, from 1998 I worked as an apprentice in my father’s workshop, which I completed in 2002. I then went to Naturns to work with goldsmith Rechenmacher to develop my skills and learn new technologies outside the family context. In 2002 I also won the titel of best regional craftsperson, which enabled me to participate in the 2003 world skills competition in St. Gallen. I completed the three day competition in third place. Since 2005 I have been working in the family business, but in 2007 I went to Münster in Germany to do my master’s degree and to learn the some particularly specialised skills of fixing gemstones, techniques that only very few goldsmiths command.
I had always worked in the hospitality sector, but in 1980 my husband Walter and I decided to open a goldsmith’s workshop. I have always enjoyed meeting all sorts of people, hence I have focused on looking after our customers. Nevertheless, I have a creative vein, too, as I love designing gemstone necklaces.
My apprenticeship began in 1971 in Bozen with Goldschmiedemeister Siegfried Authier. I worked with him for 9 years, but in 1980 my drive to stand on my own two feet made me and my wife Marianna open my first work shop in my home place, Völs am Schlern. In 1983 I passed my master’s exam. I took continuous joy in being a member of the examination board of master degrees in the goldsmith trade. I also served as an expert oft he Italian goldsmith trade in the world skills competition in Korea (2001), St. Gallen in Switzerland (2003), in Finland (2005) and in Japan (2007). In 2013 we, my wife Marianna and my daughter Karin, took the opportunity to open a second branch of our business in Kastelruth.
I came to Goldschmiede Wallnöfer in 2018 in an usual way, as I have originally learnt the electrician’s trade. I found myself looking at the shop windows in Völs and Kastelruth, and I marvelled what it must be like to work as a goldsmith. Karin then asked me if I could see myself working as a goldsmith and I decided to embark on this new career. In 2019 I began my apprenticeship in Munich. Besides learning how to be a goldsmith I also learn milling, plotting and engraving.
I studied economics at the University of Innsbruck and, upon completion in 2010, I worked as an administrator in several companies. But I found my vocation when I started working with Karin, Walter and Marianna. I have been working in the Kastelruth branch ever since, and I look after our customers and the shop’s administration. But I also have some creative inputs, particularly on designing necklaces.