|1957||Was born in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany|
|1979–1985||Academy of Fine Arts, Munich|
|Since 1985||Own atelier in Munich|
|1986||Set up the Gastroph + Seidenath jewelry manufactory|
|2010||Set up the weiss ... über den tod hinaus company|
In the 1980s, jewelry artists were largely focused on creating one-of-a-kind pieces. As one of the first ateliers in Germany, Gastroph + Seidenath began handcrafting small series of artistically designed jewelry in 1986. Lydia Gastroph and her partner for many years, Barbara Seidenath, always felt committed to creating jewelry that lent itself to being reproduced. When her partner moved to the USA, Gastroph renamed her company into Lydia Gastroph – Schmuck (Jewelry). In addition to gold, she mainly uses cast or assembled silver elements, as well as gemstones – which are cut to her designs in Idar-Oberstein – and glass to craft her small series. Lydia Gastroph has a particular penchant for serial and repetitive arrangements, but she is also inspired by Egyptian jewelry and architectural forms.