Originally made of gilt sterling silver this Theodore Fahrner necklace is composed seven circular concave filigree circles. Three of the circles have faceted bezel set amethysts. The four remaining filigree disks consists of central silver drops. Each are joined delicate floral links. The intricate filigree work give it depth and complexity. Though I could not find the "TF' hallmark but it is unmistakably a Fahrner design and fabrication. The jump ring was replaced when I acquired the necklace which would have had the TF and 925 stamp. As it stands now the jump ring is just stamped with 925 or 935 stamp. Cannot quite make it out.
Theodor Fahrner was born in 1859 and took over his father's jewelery business in Pforzheim, Germany in 1883 when he was 24. The business was a shop and workshop and produced jewelry from different sources including the work of jewelry artists in the Mathildenhohe artists colony near Frankfurt. From 1887-1895 the firm employed important artists who designed in the Yugenstil style ( Jugendstil, Art Nouveau). Their jewelry has sold world wide, often for very high prices. After his untimely death in 1919, his son also named Theodore took over the business and continued using his designs. This necklace would have been made circa 1930's.
Dimensions of necklace is 1 7-3/4" and each circular design is 3/4" in circumference. In excellent vintage condition with normal wear and gilt loss Condition is excellent aside from the replaced closure. There is loss normal for a piece with this age and wear.