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Elegant artist bracelet with rhodolites in gold by Käthe Ruckenbrod, around 1950

A special form of jewellery experienced a heyday in Germany from the 1920s onwards: artist's jewelry. In contrast to industrial mass-produced goods, sculptors in particular now also created jewelry as works of art in miniature and thus took the formal language of jewelry design to a new, artistic level. The piece of jewelry here from the hand of Käthe Ruckenbrod (*1905 in Pforzheim, ✝︎ 1989 in Ziegelhausen) also shows in composition and workmanship the skill of the goldsmith as well as that of the designer. Ruckenbrod attended the arts and crafts school in her hometown of Pforzheim. In 1929 she opened her own goldsmith's shop in Ziegelhausen near Heidelberg. Her elegant designs were characterized by a reduced formal language and the use of expressive colored stones. In addition to her high-quality jewelry work, Käthe Ruckenbrod was also known for her extravagant enamel work. Our gold bracelet is an example of the artist's signature: the work is made of solid 18-karat yellow gold and features seven identical links with velvety finished surfaces that intentionally show traces of handwork. Each link is set with two rhodolite cabochons and two soldered-on curls. This creates an elegant repeat reminiscent of jewelry of classical antiquity. The clasp is thereby attached together with the two safety yokes concealed, so that the pattern of the bracelet is not disturbed while closed. The unusual design of the piece and its warm, intense colors give the pleasantly massive piece of jewelry an independent modernity that reveals the influence of post-war modernism. Thus was born this work of art to be worn on the body, whose heavy beautiful craftsmanship impresses as much as its elegant design. On the work of Käthe Ruckenbrod, see: Christiane Weber, Schmuck der 20er und 30er Jahre in Deutschland, Stuttgart 1990, p. 292 ff.

The amethyst is the violet variety of quartz, which shows itself in tones ranging from delicate purple to intense violet. Its characteristic colorfulness also made the amethyst one of the most popular stones in every era, in Art Nouveau as well as the 1970s - and always presented the strong colored gemstones in the midst of bright gold.

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