Sun yellow flower

Unworn citrine ring by Theodor Fahrner, Pforzheim circa 1955

Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim occupies a special place in the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew better than almost any other modern jewelry manufacturer how to make artistically convincing designs and quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Theodor Fahrner made artists' jewelry affordable by combining modern forms with democratic materials. He did not create individual pieces for a small elite like Lalique or Cartier, but the designs were mass-produced in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites and occasionally precious stones. Jewelers and department stores throughout Europe sold the jewelry, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner Jewelry - based on designs by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. Every year, traveling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to local retailers. One such sample case had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40-plus years until it was offered to us for sale. It contained samples of most of the series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The piece of jewelry presented here comes from this case. It is therefore unworn and in very good condition. The ring comes from the series "Filigran Jewelry", which was developed in the 1930s. It is designed as a large, extravagant flower with a sunny yellow citrine in its center. Fine twisted wires occupy the petals: they gave the series its name. A wonderful overview of the wealth of designs is offered in the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005. The series in question here can be found there on pp. 226f. The ring is made of silver that has been lightly gilded. This kind of gilding is called "antique gilding" by Fahrner. It has a cool, slightly greenish-yellow tone, by which Fahrner jewelry can be easily identified. The ring was probably made in the 1950s and bears the original Fahrner seal. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location..

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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.