Multifaceted red gold

Sculptured antique rose gold earrings, Great Britain circa 1870

The middle of the 19th century experienced a fashion in the field of jewellery which must seem rather strange to us today: Realism. Just as in literature and painting, designers turned to the hitherto neglected things of life and did everything in their power to make novel objects of the changing world usable in the field of jewellery as well. The background was the industrialization of the 19th century. Machines changed the world of work, the railways revolutionised transport and technical innovations followed at breakneck speed. The people of the time were well aware of the scope of the development. Partly perceived as a crisis, partly celebrated as progress, mechanization was also reflected in jewelry design. Thus, in jewellery of those years, we sometimes find elements such as gears, spindles and screws on display - and thus the aesthetics of modernity, of machines received. In this Fal we see a play with material. The earrings here are made of very lightly worked red gold and have a faceted surface all around - just as if a skilled gemstone cutter had cut gold-coloured gemstones into this shape. The pendants form a bulbous teardrop shape into which a pendulum, also faceted, is suspended. The model for this design was the work of the Parisian jeweller Félix Duval from the years after 1861, but designs in this style were also made in other countries, as we see for example at Brigitte Marquardt. Jewellery. Realismus und Historismus. 1850-1895. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Munich 1998, p. 50ff, p. 276. The pair came to us in London, and it was probably in England that it was created.

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