Historicism

The period of historicism, which began around 1850 and thus can be classified between Biedermeier and Art Nouveau, is characterized by the use of historical style patterns from classicism. Due to the coexistence of different styles, which is also called style pluralism, antique jewelry from the age of historicism lacks specific, therefore clearly attributable characteristics. Historicism stands for the connection of ancient forms and styles, often based on Greek, Roman and Etruscan motifs, from the Renaissance, the Baroque or the Rococo. If you could ask a jeweler from that time about his motives why no really new aspects were taken up in jewelry design, he might answer: "We lacked the orientation, so we resorted to the tried and tested."

To a certain extent, historicism represents the transition from classicism to the modern age, in which one acted curiously, eager to experiment and thus directed forward, which is reflected accordingly in jewelry design. From around 1890, a new design language was created here with Art Nouveau.