Gold Fan

Glamorous earclips in gold-plated silver by Theodor Fahrner, 1950s

The German jewellery manufacturer Theodor Fahrner made artists' jewellery affordable from 1850 onwards, as he combined modern forms with democratic materials. He did not create one-off pieces for a small elite like Lalique or Cartier, but rather the designs were mass-produced in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites and occasionally precious stones. Jewellers and department stores all over Europe sold the jewellery, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner jewellery - designed by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. But even in the period after the Second World War, Fahrner jewellery remained a household name. The company always followed the latest fashions, which were implemented in affordable materials and consistently high quality. Travelling salesmen with large sample cases then presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to the local dealers every year. One such sample case has lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly with a model number and marked with the "Original Fahrner" seal. The earclips here are therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. The clips follow the sophisticated "retro style" of the late 1930s to 1950s and are designed as elegant fans. They are made of gold-plated silver set with sparkling marcasites and seem to swing elegantly up the earlobe. Still present on the earclips are the so-called Fahrner seal and the TF label, which have been in use since the early 1950s (cf. Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005, p. 265). The old order number is noted on the back of the label. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.

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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.