The return of the good

Splendid necklace of historicism in silver, pearls & enamel, 1870s

The necklace here offers a magnificent sight. Intense pink and green glowing glass pastes are set in silver. Small pearls shimmer softly in a warm grey, while all visible sides of the settings and links, which continue in ever new bows and loops, are covered with dark blue and white enamel. At the center of the design, a particularly large pink stone glows in a bed of pearls. Three pendulous suspensions additionally mark this focal point of the design. In the 1870s, jewelry in Renaissance forms was all the rage. Ornamental ideas of the epoch of Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein were taken up, copied and combined more or less freely. Goldsmiths and customers understood this period as their past. It was a time of burghers, craftsmen and merchants: the aspiring burghers in the newly founded German Empire and in neighbouring Austria-Hungary wanted to tie in with this era. Their own pride in their own time thus found expression in the forms of the proud past. Especially in the multi-ethnic state of the kuk monarchy, necklaces like this one were created: Here, the reference back to the formal language of the time of the great Habsburg emperors was intended to create a unity uniting all citizens of the state. But no less appealing necklaces were also created in southern Germany, always richly decorated with enamel and colourful trimmings. Our necklace reminds of a sunny day on a wild flower meadow: Between countless small white flowers, large pink blossoms grow towards the sun. It is a delight to enjoy the fresh colours of the design: And so the necklace goes with many occasions, with traditional costume as well as with a simple dress.

The journey into the past has retained its appeal right up to the present day. Again and again artists and designers deal with the fashions and forms of past times: Not only postmodernism lived from the recourse to antiquity, but also Picasso loved the classical period and the punk Vivienne Westwood the baroque. In the 19th century, enthusiasm for the past was even greater. People of the time associated very specific qualities with the different artistic styles of their ancestors. Baroque was used for the castles of the nobility to express splendour and grandeur. Churches liked to be built in the Gothic style, since the Middle Ages were considered a particularly devout era - and the bourgeoisie was particularly fond of the Renaissance period. This epoch of free cities with its government of free citizens, rich merchants and patrons of the arts such as the Fuggers in Augsburg or the Medici in Florence exerted a special attraction on the aspiring class of merchants and factory owners of the 19th century. They recognized themselves and their desire for participation and importance in the state in the personalities of the past, had themselves painted in the style of the past and also bought jewelry in the style of the Renaissance.

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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.