The Ecstasy of Gold

Solid vintage bracelet made of high carat gold, Pforzheim around 1960

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. From the 1960s onwards, it was the texture 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. This bracelet in 18-carat gold also dates from this period. 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. The surface treatment elicits the most diverse nuances from the yellow precious metal. With an impressive weight of over 64 grams, the bracelet feels pleasantly heavy around the wrist. The stamps on the clasp show that the goldsmith's work was made by the Louis Fiessler company, which was founded in Pforzheim in 1857 and specialized in the production of particularly high-quality jewelry. The bracelet is excellently preserved and a timeless investment piece that highlights the peculiarities and beauties of its material. It found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.

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