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Contemporary Trends in Silver Design

Since 1965, the Silver Triennial, initiated by the Society for Goldsmith Art and the German Goldsmith House, has succeeded in conveying a cross-section of contemporary silver design. Last year, silversmiths, metal designers and designers

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Emergence of Modern Jewelry

The Jewelry Museum of Pforzheim possesses one of the most remarkable collections of modern jewelry. This exhibition of works, which is divided into four decades, offers a captivating view of the emergence and development of an entirely new…

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Exhibitions in the Pforzheim Jewelry Museum

An exhibition is dedicated to the feather decoration of the natives of South America from the study collection of Horst Antes (from July 16 to October 17, 2004). Horst Antes is a painter and sculptor who has been collecting feather decoration…

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Fair Trade Promises Luxury

Gold, silver, platinum and gem stones are increasingly getting a bad name. Environmental catastrophes, financing of criminal syndicates or warlords and also inhumane working conditions are making the jewelry industry and customers insecure.

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Field Experiment Collection

Field experiment? The dictionary says it means: an experiment carried out on-site which examines actual relations. Such a project was carried out from 1998 to 2002 in the Marzee Gallery in Nijmegen. Students of the jewelry class led by Dorothea…

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Gaudy Feathers Jewelry Tickles the Senses

Light and filigree, yet robust and elastic: feathers are one of nature’s true works of art. This magnificently colored dress not only attracts fellow creatures, but also human beings. Indeed, humans have worn decorations made of bird feathers

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Messages from a Golden Age

We know only the images of a desecrated land. Spent, inaccessible and worn by a decade old war. Whatever was not destroyed by bombs, it was killed off by fanatic merchants of holy war. When on March 12, 2001, in the Afghan site of Bamian, we saw the

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Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces

Kimonos have neither pockets nor button. Things such as wallets or small, lacquered boxes with lots of compartments (inro), containers for medicine, tobacco pouches or writing materials were therefore tied to a cord and pulled beneath the

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Pinakothek of the Modern

The Pinakothek of the Modern unites four important museums for the first time under one roof, spanning over 12,000 square meters of exhibition space. The building, designed by Stefan Braunfels, is characterized through its open and generous…

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Rivoir Manufactory: La Beaute Moderne

50 years of tradition and a modern interpretation of classic jewelry are not necessarily contradictions. The collection from the Rivoir Manufactory from Pforzheim shows how this apparent contradiction can be cancelled out perfectly and…

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The Contemporary Face of Tradition

The art of forging silver implements, vessels or containers has a long tradition. Its proponents include renowned artists, but the small number of silversmiths do not have an easy task. With the exception of exhibitions such as the international

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The Enigma of a Man Possessed

The unknown artist received this name as a result of the dramatic motifs that he interpreted into small, idiosyncratic sculptures around the year 1600. No other has carved this unusual subject in ivory with such virtuosity since. As a consequence,

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The Jewelry Museum of Pforzheim

The Jewelry Museum of Pforzheim possesses one of the most remarkable collections of modern jewelry. This exhibition of works, which is divided into four decades, offers a captivating view of the emergence and development of an entirely new

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Thema: Stahl – Themes in Steel

“Thema: Stahl” is the title of an exhibition that the North Rhine-Westphalian Colloquium proposed and organized for showing in a number of museums. 16 jewelry artists from Germany were selected and asked to show a wide variety…

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Titanium – Properties – Design – Processing

Titanium was not recognized as a metal and chemical element in its own right until the end of the 19th century. Comprising 0.6% of the earth’s crust, it is a form of oxidic ore that is much more common than copper, zinc, nickel, silver or gold.

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Two Paths to One Goal

The 60s and 70s were an exciting time in the development of jewelry making in Great Britain. Until the, the art of silver and goldsmithing in England was heavily influenced by Scandinavian trends and could be described as modern and contemporary.