Infatuated with the past

Historicism Golden Gem Ring, Germany circa 1890

The 19th century was infatuated with the past. Society was changing rapidly, industry had long since transformed the once tranquil towns into large metropolises, and new technologies such as the telegraph were bringing the world closer together. In this situation, citizens yearned for stability and reliability - and looked back to history to find models for their own times. Naturally, this also applied to jewellery. Towards the end of the century in particular, a veritable pluralism of styles prevailed here, using set pieces from older styles to create new, independent creations. In an issue of the ladies' journal "Der Bazar" from 1881, for example, we see illustrations of the latest jewellery (cf. last illustration), whereby this spans numerous epochs of human artistic creation: a necklace with scarabs and pharaonic gems evokes ancient Egypt, a brooch in the form of a Germanic brooch the Migration Period. A cloak lock made of tendrils is reminiscent of the medieval Gothic period, and a magnificent necklace in the so-called "Holbein style" shows the portrait of a man in Renaissance costume on its central gem in a thematically appropriate manner. The present ring also originates from this context, the showpiece of which is a cameo depicting a lady of the Renaissance in a splendid garment with a ruff. It is cut in layered stone and stands out white against a peach-coloured background. The ring itself uses historicizing elements, but it is entirely a product of its time and could not have been created in this form in any other era. According to its stamp, it was made in Germany, in the period after 1888.

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