A golden goldfish

Funny vintage brooch with rubies in gold, Germany around 1980

The 1980s were particularly experimental in the development of unusual and extravagant jewelry design. Always on the lookout for innovative means of expression, the jewellery designers dealt intensively with the various currents of contemporary modern art. The aim was to create an independent abstract formal language that would stand out from previous styles. Jewellery of this era explored the possibilities of the processed material, loved the contrast between reflective and matt surfaces and reveled in the play of light and shadow. The solid gold brooch presented here is a typical example of this period: the handcrafted piece of jewellery shows a magnificent goldfish in naturalistic form. The surface is hatched and partially polished, suggesting the fish's scales as it gazes out into the world from ruby eyes. The depiction is full of tension due to the movement of the fish; it seems to have captured a moment in which it turns on its own axis. A wonderfully crafted and beautiful brooch - a shining companion.

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