Glittering bark

Stylish Midcentury necklace in gilded silver by Theodor Fahrner, 1950s

Fahrner jewellery from Pforzheim occupies a special place in the history of jewellery from Germany. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and high-quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the epochs of Art Nouveau and Art Deco like hardly any other modern jewellery manufacturer. But even during the period of reconstruction after 1945, Fahrner jewelry remained a household name. At first, the designs were mainly formal continuations of the old successes. But soon Pforzheim was also producing in the taste of the new age. Interesting and unusual structures, daring volumes and expressive reliefs were in demand. "Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before" wrote Graham Hughes in "Modern Jewelry", London 1963. The necklace here is a fine example from the Farhrner Manufacture. Three moon-shaped links, set side by side like little ships, form the centerpiece. The surface of these links has a bark-like structure and refracts the incident light very effectively through concave grinding. A small cultured pearl studs each of the links in the middle. Pod-like links lead to the clasp. The handcrafted look of the design gives the necklace the appearance of a unique hand-forged piece. Since the early years of the company, travelling salesmen with large sample cases had presented the innovations developed in Pforzheim to local jewellers every year. One such sample case had lain untouched in an attic for more than 40 years until it was offered to us. It contained samples of almost all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. This 1950's gem is from that sample case and is therefore unworn and in perfect condition. An old price tag with the order number has survived on the necklace. The wholesale price was 59,- D-Mark. Fahrner jewelry is gladly collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this site. A wonderful overview is provided by the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005.

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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.