In the gold rush

Rare vintage brooch by Theodor Fahrner with diamonds in gold, around 1960

Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim occupies a special place in the history of jewelry from Germany. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the epochs of Art Nouveau and Art Deco like hardly any other modern jewelry manufacturer. But even during the period of reconstruction after 1945, Fahrner jewelry remained a household name. At first, the company mainly produced designs that formally continued the old successes. But soon Pforzheim was also producing jewelry in the taste of the new era. The economic miracle had made gold jewelry affordable for broad sections of the population. And so Theodor Fahrner now also produced jewelry made of real gold. Previously, production had mostly been in gold-plated silver. The brooch presented here is made of yellow and white gold and shows the elegant style of the years around 1960. Structured gold swings together form an abstract shape reminiscent of an exotic flower. Soldered wires form a pretty vermicelli design on two of the swags. Four brilliant-cut diamonds are set on the structure, adding a noble shimmer to the piece of jewelry. Since the early years of the company, traveling salesmen with large sample cases had presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers. One such sample case had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us for sale. It contained samples of almost all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The piece of jewelry presented here comes from this case. It is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. A green label records the model number and the indication "14 ct gold". Fahrner jewelry is readily collected and the gold jewelry pieces are rare and sought after. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location. A wonderful overview is provided by the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005.

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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.