Close to the heart

Biedermeier medallion of foam gold as pendant & brooch, around 1845

Germany in the 1840s was in a time of upheaval, the revolution of 1848 cast its shadow ahead and the founding of the German Empire was still about a generation away. Industrialization was changing society in leaps and bounds, the old cities were growing beyond their walls, and the "Gründerzeit" that was to bring great prosperity was beginning in these years. The present piece of jewellery, which can be worn both as a brooch and as a pendant, is a typical example of the jeweller's art of those years. Gold was expensive, but the demand for eye-catching jewellery was great, which stimulated the ingenuity of jewellery makers: wafer-thin sheets of gold were beaten over steel models into voluminous shapes and then filled with resin to stabilise them. The parts that were visible when worn were usually made of gold, while the backs were made of less expensive silver. In this way, precious objects were created that used as little expensive precious metal as possible and still looked impressive. This technique is known today as the "foam gold technique" - and our piece of jewellery shows it prototypically. A high-valley, slightly teardrop-shaped base features a shimmering natural pearl in the center of a shell-shaped bowl. A wreath of floral and foliate ornaments frames the center panel, which is accented with black enamel at the upper edge. A gold ball is movably attached, giving the piece of jewelry beautiful movement. On the back, a glassed medallion compartment allows for the storage of personal mementos.

Memories are our most precious treasure. A picture, a lock of hair, perhaps even a letter: we often own very personal and intimate pieces that remind us of a loved one. Carrying such objects with you at all times has a comforting effect for many people. Antique lockets can be keepers of these memories and are among the most sentimental pieces of jewellery. Worn openly yet protected from prying eyes, mementos can be safely ensconced in them in a precious casing.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.