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Animal Symbolism in Jewelry

Hidden symbol… Allegorical motifs appear in various forms on jewelry and items of grandeur from the Renaissance and Baroque. They represent Christian or ancient themes or else symbolize secular virtues such as loyalty, represented…

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Findings, Clasps and Semi-Finished Components

Small and intricate, they contribute significantly to easing the workload of the goldsmith. From classical ball clasps for the repair of Grandma’s chain of pearls to the modern clip mechanism of designer jewelry – manufacturers and

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Jewelry Follows Landscape

It is the playing field of the unfettered desire of man to design. Farming, industrialization and urbanization leave enormous cultural footprints in nature. Landscape, for its part, forms a fundamental basis for human existence. As an emotional

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Jewelry in a New Costume

Experimentation with traditionally female handicrafts has playfully led to refreshingly new statements in jewelry. Interwoven with subtle hints, the particularly sensual attraction of the materials reveals many levels of tension;

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Plastic Fantastic – Plastic Jewelry

Art and commerce, uniqueness and run of the mill, fascination and irritation – tense controversy documents its young history. In its versatility and inherent contradiction, it appeals to the playfulness among world of art and products,

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Portraits in Jewelry

The portraits reflect the image a period has of mankind in a balance between ideal and reality. Bracelet, maker unknown, German (?), appr. 1850, gold, enamel, watercolor miniature, Pforzheim Jewelry Museum The portrait of the lady probably…

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Searching the Perfect Roundness

Gold beaten wafer-thin and pressed to form intricate hollow forms pays testimony to the high crafts skills in handling this precious material in antiquity. In their simplicity especially, spherical forms were and are a challenge for goldsmiths.…

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The Blossoms’ Magic

A flower in your hair is perhaps the most spontaneous and cheerful moment of decorating. You can find them as ornaments on virtually any object in everyday life. Classical modernism suspected flower motifs of superficiality and banned them.

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The New Jewelry Museum in Pforzheim

There is an excited feel to the atmosphere – the Jewelry Museum is preparing for the grand opening on March 11th, 2006. After renovation of the newly acquired rooms, the house will now offer an entirely restructured exhibition concept, freshly

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The Signet Ring as Bearer of Symbols

Athene, the Holy St. Peter with mustache… Noble figures were portrayed on the heads of the ring as an honor. While these were generally Olympic gods in antiquity, they were replaced by depictions of saints as Christianity emerged. Secular…

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Time Step: Blossom Motifs in Jewelry

The magic of the moment is revealed in a summery fresh flower bouquet. As a symbol of vitality and transience, or simply for the pure love of extravagant decoration, floral motif have always been popular topics for goldsmith artists to immortalize

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Time Step: Ornamented Enamel Work

Antique, Gothic, Baroque – at the end of the 19th century, in the age of Historism, a number of different styles existed in parallel. This masterpiece, attributed to Giacinto Melillo, contains stylistic references to the Renaissance,…

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Transparency and Lightness Filigree Jewelry

The thousands of year old skill of filigree production has enjoyed an exciting development in contemporary jewelry art. It has long since departed from its aesthetic and technical tradition. However, the crafty endeavor to rid metal of its

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White Gold: Jewelry Made of Porcelain

Porcelain – for over 600 years a well kept secret of the Chinese, before it was discovered for a second time in 1709 in order to cater to the refined needs of the royal lines in Europe. Since then, the coveted recipe for the exquisite table culture,