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Fire enamel is a highly sophisticated technique for sealing and decorating with a glass-hard, durable enamel coating. Only a few have mastered this ancient art today. One of them is the jeweler founded by the company’s namesake Viktor Mayer in Pforzheim in 1890. At the time when the founder took his first steps into the sophisticated world of jewelry, the Belle Époque was dawning. Customers were particularly receptive to jewelry made of fire enamel during the Art Nouveau period, which was rich in ornamentation, and even more so during the Art Deco period. Interest in such opulence succumbed over the World Wars, and the 1950s saw the production of mainly fine gold and silverware. Since the 1970s, Victor Mayer jewelry has once again been increasingly in demand. It even continued to produce the famous Fabergé eggs from 1989 to 2009. The exquisite ornamentation and unmistakable colorfulness of the fire enamel remained typical of Victor Mayer’s jewelry designs. Up to five layers of pigment are applied with great skill, fired and polished by hand. Jewelry pieces by Victor Mayer with this genuine fire enamel are now coveted rarities, produced in strictly limited and numbered editions.
Today, the founder’s great-grandson runs the company in the fourth generation. With the intention of preserving the old crafts, of which the enamel work is only one of the many virtues of the company, with a great spirit of innovation.
As in the fine arts, when it comes to shaping jewelry, it is the human being alone who sets the creative and craftsmanship standards. The owner of a piece of Victor Mayer jewelry supports the tradition of goldsmithing and keeps it alive. The Victor Mayer jewelry manufactory understands the personal responsibility for creating what is beautiful and good. The company sees every day as an opportunity to improve, to create something of real timeless aesthetic value. Jewelry is luxury and for this reason actually dispensable. But when we do choose it, we do so with an awareness of the beauty, artistry and symbolic power of a piece of jewelry. Victor Mayer’s strictly limited one-of-a-kind pieces are therefore actually sophisticated and self-confident cultural objects.
Another ancient technique, called guilloché, is also characteristic of the Victor Mayer manufactory. This technique involves engraving the very finest geometric lines at intervals of tenths of a millimeter as a pattern in the workpiece using antique machines, which creates a remarkable effect of depth. This process creates tiny facets in Viktor Mayer’s manufacturing technique which gives the surfaces of every piece of jewelry an exquisite sparkle. The company uses the same machines that its founder used 125 years ago. The trove of such old precision equipment alone is a true historical treasure. Remarkably, UNESCO counts these skills in guilloching, embossing, pressing and enameling, which were cultivated at Victor Mayer, as an intangible cultural asset.