Vintage ring by Theodor Fahrner with amethysts, 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. Sales representatives with large sample cases presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewelry had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of almost every series from about 1919 until the company's dissolution in 1979, most with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The ring presented here comes from this collection and is therefore unworn. It is made of gold plated silver and sets three amethysts in its transverse ring face. Their color is a delicate shade of lavender that beautifully matches the luster of the gold plated setting. The framing is decorated with fine cord soldering, characteristic of driver jewelry since the late 1930s. Our ring was probably made in the years around 1955 and has survived with its original seal. A wonderful overview of the wealth of designs can be found in the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other pieces of Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.
The citrine, agate, jasper, amethyst and onyx - for the chemist all these gemstones are quite uniform quartz. However, they are clearly distinguished by their color. The color spectrum of the citrine begins with the most delicate champagne tones, shows up now and then honey-colored and extends to a rich tone like sweet Madeira wine.
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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.