Tuscan sun

Long cord necklace in high karat gold, Italy circa 1965

Gold was the big theme of post-war jewellery: it radiated regained prosperity and optimism. With the economic miracle, it also found its way into jewellery fashion as a protagonist, without any additional gemstone trimming. Heavy, magnificent necklaces and bracelets made only of gold soon adorned entire pages of jewellery catalogues, the displays of jewellers and, not least, the décolletés and wrists of fashion-conscious ladies. Even without any pendant, this necklace is decorative. Made of high-carat gold, it has been fashioned into a strong cord whose structure elicits various shades of colour from the gold. Thus it corresponds to the taste of its time of origin, which favoured interestingly textured gold. The rich, warmly glowing colour of the gold makes it easy to understand why, in alchemy, the sun was once regarded as the symbol of gold and the philosopher's stone, which was supposed to transform base metals into gold. At just over 71.5 cm in length, the gold cord can also adorn a slender neck in a double row. The hallmark shows that it was made in Italy between 1944 and 1968. It bears the number assigned to the Lavorazione Artigiana Oreficerie Vasari and the abbreviation for the province of Arezzo in Tuscany.

From the 1960s onwards, it was the structure of the gold that lent the designs additional charm. "Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before", wrote Graham Hughes in 1963, then secretary of the historic Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the English professional association of goldsmiths (Hughes, Modern Jewelry, London 1963). No longer were purely shiny, polished gold surfaces in demand, but those that played with light and shadow through their surfaces and thus exhausted all facets of gold colors: surfaces like grains of sand were sometimes seen, sometimes reminiscent of the veining of leaves or other natural structures, sometimes completely abstract.

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