Christine - specialist jewellery maker
Christine, The Artist Goldsmith

Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler


Born in Erfurt, East Germany. Second daughter of plumber Hans Hafermalz and his wife Helga.

1956 - 57 
Family escaped to West Germany, settling near Stuttgart. 

1968 - 72 
Christine apprenticed to master goldsmiths Herbert Fischer & Werner Raschke in Schwäbisch Gmünd. 

Opened business as 'Goldschmiede Christin' in Stuttgart, making and selling art jewellery.

Election to the 'Verband Bildender Künstler', the Union of Professional Artists. 

Workshop transferred to Sussex, England.
Election to the 'Guild of Sussex Craftsmen'. 

Workshop transferred to Auckland, New Zealand.

Invitation to join Gesellschaft fuer Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau. Resigned 2010.

AGR Matthey Fine Jewellery Award winner, National Jewellery Showcase, Wellington.

Construction of Citrine, home and workshop on Auckland’s Waiheke Island. 
Member of Studio Connections Gallery, Oneroa.

Finalist in IU Awards colour gemstone competition, Hong Kong.
Finalist in JAA Australian Jewellery Awards.

Documentary on Christine's life and work, by Stephanie Bennett.

Opening of 'Christine', The Artist Goldsmith Gallery, Oneroa, Waiheke Island.

Relocation to Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.


In the Goldschmiede Christin, Stuttgart
1973, 1977, 1982 (10 years), 1983, 1986, 1987 

At Tillington Hill House, Sussex
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 

At Freiligrathstraße, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
1988, 1989, 1990 

Candover Gallery, Andover
1990 (Berlin Wall) 

St Helier, Jersey
1989, 1990, 1991, 1993 

Landgut Burg, Beutelsbach (near Stuttgart)
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 (35 years) 
2009, 2012 (40 years)

Highclere Castle, Newbury
1993, 1995. 

MasterWorks Gallery, Auckland
1993 (Immigration), 1994, 1995 (Western Feelings), 1997, 1998

Statements Gallery, Napier
1997 (A Brilliant 25) 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

Navigator Exhibition
1999 Auckland Museum. 
2000 Haus Dacheröden, Erfurt. 
2000 Landgut Burg, nr Stuttgart.
2001 Americas Cup Jubilee Regatta, Cowes.
2002 Grantham Gallery, Auckland. 

Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City
2001 ("Klimt and Marc"). 

Tessiers, Mayfair, London
2003, 2004

Richmond Hill Gallery

Steps Gallery, Melbourne

Capital Museum, Beijing
2007 “Pan Yu-Lin” (accompanying a retrospective of Pan’s paintings)

Auckland Museum Showcases
2007 Waka Moana 
2007 Treasures of Egypt

Waiheke Community Art Gallery
2008 “Pan Yu-Lin” 
2013 'Crowns Jewels and Lasts' group exhibit


Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

Country Living Fair, London

Artex New Zealand
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 

SOFA New York & Chicago (Aaron Faber Gallery)
2002, 2003

National Jewellery Showcase, Wellington
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Art Taipei, Taiwan

Air New Zealand Fashion Week, Auckland

National Jewellery Institute Designer Showcase 
2008: Forbes Galleries, Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
2009: Hotel le Bristol, Paris

NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
'From a Distance. As seen from Waiheke'

Verband Bildender Kuenstler BW, Stuttgart ‘Precious’ 

Hong Kong International Jewellery Fair


The Colour of Freedom 
1990: Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, using chiselled fragments.

Spirit of New Zealand 
1991: Impressions from a first holiday visit to NZ.

West Coast Feelings 
1995: Pounamu (nephrite jade) carvings from the West Coast of NZ.

A Brilliant 25 
1997: Celebration of 25 years work, using Australian coloured diamonds.

1998: Folding of gold sheet and ribbon, inspired by the corrugated roofing tin used in NZ.

1999: An essay in Jewellery. Reflections on migration, referring to Polynesian navigation techniques researched by Dr David Lewis.

Klimt and Marc 
2001: Response to the paintings of Gustav Klimt and Franz Marc, viewed whilst travelling in Europe.

Whanganui River 
2003: A 3-day canoe trip on the mighty Whanganui River inspired a group of works.

Haystack outtakes  
2006: Use of enamels and of the Shibori technique, each acquired during a 2-week residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, USA.

Pan Yu-Lin
2007: Homage to Chinese painter Pan Yu-Lin, ‘The Painter from Shanghai’. Shown at the Capital Museum in Beijing.

2014: Recollections of the tales of Apache chief Winnetou and his immigrant friend Old Shatterhand, told in adventure stories by German author Karl May. Awaiting completion and exhibition.