Glamorous appearance

Extravagant brooch by Theodor Fahrner with light blue spinel, around 1955

Theodor Fahrner made artists' jewelry affordable because he combined modern forms with democratic materials. He did not create individual pieces for a small elite, as was the case with Lalique or Cartier. Instead, the designs were mass-produced in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites, and occasionally precious stones. Jewelers and department stores throughout Europe sold the jewelry, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner Jewelry - based on designs by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. In the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry, Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim therefore occupies a special place. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle understood like hardly any other jewelry manufacturer of the modern era how to make artistically convincing designs and quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Salesmen with large sample cases presented the new designs developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers every year. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewelry had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of almost all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, most of them with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The brooch here is therefore also unworn and perfectly preserved. The brooch is designed as a symmetrical composition. Elegantly scrolled leaf ornaments accompany a sky blue synthetic spinel. The brooch of striking size comes from the series "Filigree Jewelry", which was developed in the 1930s.Fine twisted wires thereby occupy the surfaces of the jewelry. The brooch is made of silver, which was lightly gilded. This type of gilding is called "antique gilding" by Fahrner. It has a cool, slightly greenish-gold tone, by which Fahrner jewelry can be easily identified. The brooch was made in the 1950s and bears the original Fahrner anniversary label with the old order number as well as the original Fahrner metal seal. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.For a wonderful overview of the wealth of designs, see the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005.

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