This insane Snake Cuff Bracelet is what I would call a timeless design. At over 2200 years old, this bracelet could be on the runway right now. This is only one of the many absolutely stunning pieces of jewelry that are housed at the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany (schmuck in German means jewelry…..never knew!). The world's only museum that is All Jewelry that dates from 300 BC – the 21st Century.
Seriously? An all jewelry museum? I'm in! Can you imagine a school field trip to this glorious place? Besides the obvious never ending jokes of the museum's name. It definitely beats the Baltimore Aquarium and Colonial Williamsburg…no offense. I've included a few more amazing pieces below, that are for your viewing pleasure along with a lengthy excerpt from the Collector's Weekly Article on the Schmuckmuseum.
Today, the Schmuckmuseum’s collection contains thousands of historical and contemporary items from Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquity; the Renaissance and Baroque eras; and the Art Nouveau period, which is known in Germany as Jugendstil. The earliest pieces in the Pforzheim collection date from the latter half of the third millennium BC; the most recent ones were created in 2004. In addition, the museum holds almost 1,200 rings from ancient Persia, Asia Minor, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and all periods of European history up to the present. Also at the Schmuckmuseum is a precious collection consisting of bracelets, pocket watches, and watches worn as decorative accessories; for example, as pendants or set in rings. There’s also a fine collection of ethnographic jewelry brought together by Pforzheim collectors Eva and Peter Herion over a period of more than 30 years; the Herion collection is on view at the museum as a semi-permanent exhibition.
Gold snake bracelet with garnet, from the Greek-Hellenistic period, 3rd-to-2nd century BC.
A circa 1770 pocket watch with works by Pierre Viala, Geneva. The exterior features gold, silver, diamonds, glass, and enamels.
A contemporary necklace by Wolli Lieglein, Berlin, from the early 1990s
Gold and enamel necklace attributed to Giacinto Melillo, Napoli, 1870 to 1880
Features nine large escutcheons and incorporates decorative elements from antiquity to the Renaissance
A gold and enamel trompe l’oeil enamel mosaic pendant by Rozet & Fischmeister, Vienna, circa 1905
All of the above images are courtesy of Collector's Weekly!