Lily of the Valley Inspires Jewelry Designers

Lily of the valley, with its enchanting fragrance and delicate appearance, has long captivated jewelry designers seeking to capture its ephemeral beauty in wearable art. From the intricate Art Nouveau era to contemporary interpretations, this graceful flower has served as a muse for renowned designers and left an indelible mark on the world of jewelry. […]

From Troy to the Roman Empire

The collection of Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim includes pieces that date back to the 3rd millennium BC. Back then, jewelry was still closely related to magical and mythical principles that influenced and shaped people’s lives. The bases from which jewelry evolved over the course of the millennia as a phenomenon of immense aesthetic diversity include amulets and […]

It Shines, it Radiates, it Whinnies

The first ever Celtic piece of jewelry in the form of a Celtiberian fibula from the second to first century BC has landed at the doors of  Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim. The art piece was acquired by the International Society of Friends of Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (ISSP), a non-profit formed in 1997 to support Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim in many […]

The History of Jewelry

The earliest jewelry known to mankind was created by Neanderthal living in Europe. Some 115,000 years ago, perforated beads made from tiny Nassarius sea shells were discovered in the Cueva de los Aviones, a cave located on the southeast coast of Spain. In Enkapune Ya Muto, Kenya, beads constructed from pierced ostrich egg shells were […]

Delicate Like Iron

In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what was known as iron jewelry was quite popular. It ranged from elaborate necklaces and bracelets to pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace yet cast from iron. The pieces’ unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values […]