Tiger Eyes

Dead Stock! Midcentury Brooch in Silver & Tiger Eye, Fahrner, 1960s

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 company mainly produced designs that formally followed on from its earlier successes. But soon Pforzheim was also producing in the taste of the new age. In the 1960s, silver, which could be easily worked, was the most popular material. 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 brooch presented here is a fine example of this. It presents itself as a centrally mirrored arch shape with polished and textured surfaces. Two tiger's eyes are cut into spheres and placed on the brooch. Due to the handcrafted nature of the design, the brooch looks like a hand-forged unique piece. Since the early years of the company, travelling salesmen with large sample cases had presented the new products 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. The piece of jewellery from the 1960s presented here comes from this sample case and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. A silver "Original Fahrner" label for silver, non-gilt objects has survived on the brooch. Fahrner jewelry is readily collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this site.For a wonderful overview, see the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005.

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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.