Our Story

One of the most recognized and respected jewellers in South Africa, mastering cutting-edge design and master craftsmanship.

The journey of Uwe Koetter started from humble beginnings back in 1968. Soon after founding the business, Uwe and Magda Koetter gained a reputation for cutting-edge design, master craftsmanship and a finely-trained eye for detail. To this day Uwe Koetter is regarded as a highly-skilled purveyor of magnificent gold and diamond jewellery, and this has resulted in the company receiving a host of prestigious awards.

These awards speak volumes and place Uwe Koetter as a world leader in innovative jewellery design. The company’s clients range from royalty, heads of state and celebrities to loyal local and international clients. The overall ethos of quality, service and design is simple: excellence.

Today Uwe Koetter occupies newly refurbished premises at the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre, in the heart of Cape Town and only a short stroll from the original Amway House premises. We also have a store in the V&A Waterfront with a wide range of jewellery and African pieces.

Consistent with our history in this location, we employ only the finest craftsmen and materials in creating and finishing our range of beautiful jewellery. We pride ourselves in providing jewellery for all occasions, from the most extravagant event to the everyday.

Meet Johan Louw – Lead Designer & Director

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Johan Louw was born in Paarl, just outside Cape Town, South Africa, in 1956. At Stellenbosch University he studied Fine Art (specialising in jewellery design and manufacturing). By graduation in 1980, he had also obtained a qualification in gemmology (from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain).

As a youngster he had spent hours in his brother-in-law’s workshop, watching and learning, developing a love and talent for jewellery design. His brother-in-law just happens to be the world-renowned jeweller Uwe Koetter, and immediately after graduation Louw was brought into the family business, employed as a designer and goldsmith. Within four years, Louw had become a director at Uwe Koetter Jewellers and bought shares in the company.

Over the past 20 years, Louw’s award-winning talent has only added to the success of an already established jewellery business. He has repeatedly been described as the most gifted and creative jewellery designer in southern Africa.

His was work has been recognised with the Jewellery Council of South Africa Award (1988); the De Beers Shining Lights of Africa Award (1997, 1999); Jewellex Awards overall winner in 2003 and highly commended in 1999; overall winner of the Riches of Africa Awards (2000, 2003); and Plat Africa awards (2002, 2004). Perhaps his most prestigious achievement is being commissioned by Nelson Mandela to design and create a brooch for Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit to South Africa in 1995.

Louw forms one half of Cedric’s Lodges’s Partners in Art initiative, in which a limited number of works are created (inspired by the paintings of artist Hannes Harrs) and auctioned off at charity events, with a portion of the proceeds going towards identifying and nurturing talented underprivileged South African artists.

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All of our showrooms offer a warm welcome, but if you aren’t local our cutting edge technology allows you to work with one of our designers in real time wherever you are in the world, as many of our customers have discovered.

CAPE QUARTER FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM

+27(0)21 425 7770
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Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre
Shop 103, Level 1
27 Somerset Road, Green Point
Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

V&A WATERFRONT STORE

+27(0)21 421 1039
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V&A Waterfront
Shop 14, Alfred Mall
Cape Town, South Africa
8001

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