Hi Kelli, You must make a trip to Idar-Oberstein. I have been there
every trip I have made to Germany. For a jeweler and gem junky, it is
a must. There are museums that are out of this world. Every street
has a gem dealer or some kind of jewelry. I can remember sitting in
the train station a few years ago thinking I would never see this
remarkable town again. I was so sad.
But then another trip to Germany from California happened for me and
I was again in the train station thinking, never say never.
Rupenthal, I think that is how it is spelled, is the place you are
looking for. I don’t think they are open to the public. I called
ahead and got a personal tour, in English, my German is not so good.
It was over whelming. So many things to see, and every kind of gem
or carving you may want. Plan to hike to the Church carved into the
mountain above the town, and I can recommend the Park Hotel. It was
very nice and local enough to walk to every where you need. Hope you
make the trip, well worth your time and money.
Regards, Janine in Redding California.