Stylish midcentury necklace with pearls & marcasite in silver, Fahrner, around 1960

Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim occupies a special place in the history of jewelry from Germany. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and 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 jewelry manufacturer. But even during the period of reconstruction after 1945, Fahrner jewelry remained a household name. At first, the company mainly produced designs that formally continued the old successes. But soon Pforzheim was also producing in the taste of the new era. 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 Fahrner manufactory. Three heart-shaped openwork links, set side by side, form the centerpiece. The surface of these links is grooved textured and refracts the incident light with small marcsites. A shimmering cultured pearl occupies the center of each link. Pod-like links lead to the clasp. Since the early years of the company, traveling salesmen with large sample cases had presented the innovations developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers every year. One such sample case had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more 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 piece of jewelry from the years around 1960 comes from this sample case and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. Fahrner jewelry is readily collected. Discover all the other pieces of 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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