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Glamorous silver earrings with onyx by Theodor Fahrner, 1950s

The jewelry factory Theodor Fahrner from Pforzheim first made a name for itself at the turn of the century, because it made artists' jewelry affordable. The company did not produce one-off pieces for a small elite like Lalique or Cartier, but rather mass-produced high-quality, creative designs in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites and occasionally precious stones. Jewellers and department stores throughout Europe sold the jewellery, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner jewellery - based on designs by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. Every year, travelling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to the local dealers. One such sample case had been slumbering untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until we were allowed to discover it. 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 sterling silver earrings here were also part of the large sample assortment and are therefore unworn and in perfect condition. They are so called ear screws, through which the jewellery can be worn without pierced ears. The design is a large ring-shaped showpiece, in which a halved onyx ball is set between glittering marcasites. This showpiece oscillates beneath a smaller round top piece. The resulting basic design is a characteristic earring type of the 1950s: in its most reduced form, Marilyn Monroe made this type of earring famous in 1953 with her appearance in "Niagara". Thanks to Fahrner, almost every woman could afford the small luxury of such a pair of earrings. Still present on the earwires are the so-called Fahrner plomb 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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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.