Victor Mayer – Exclusive jewellery at Juwelier Oberleitner
Fire enamel is an extremely sophisticated process for sealing and decorating with a glass-hard resistant enamel coating. This old art is now only mastered by a few. These include the jewellery company founded in 1890 in Pforzheim by Viktor Mayer. When the founder took his first steps into the sophisticated world of jewellery, the Belle Époque began. In the Art Nouveau period with its ornamentally rich stylistic elements and especially in the Art Deco period, customers were particularly interested in jewellery made of fire enamel. The interest in such opulence fell during the world wars and in the 1950s mainly fine gold and silverware was produced. Since the 1970s, Victor Mayer jewellery has again been increasingly appreciated. From 1989 to 2009 the company even continued the production of the famous Fabergé eggs. Typical for Victor Mayer's jewellery designs remained the exquisite ornamentation and unmistakable colourfulness of the fire enamel. Up to five layers of pigment are skillfully applied, fired and polished by hand. Jewellery pieces by Victor Mayer with this genuine fire enamel are sought-after rarities today, which are strictly limited and numbered.
Today, the founder's great-grandson is the fourth generation to run the company. With the intention of preserving the old craftsmanship (of which enamel work is only one of many virtues of the company) by a great spirit of innovation.
Victor Mayer's philosophy
As in the fine arts, it is exclusively the human being who sets the creative and technical standards in the shaping of jewellery. The owner of a Victor Mayer piece of jewellery supports the tradition of goldsmithing and keeps it alive. The Victor Mayer jewellery manufactory is aware of its personal responsibility for the creation of what is beautiful and good. Every single day is seen as an opportunity to further improve in order to create something of a timeless aesthetic value. Jewellery is luxury and for this reason actually unnecessary. If we decide in favour of it, then we do so with an awareness of the beauty, craftsmanship and symbolic meaning of a piece of jewellery. So Victor Mayer's strictly limited individual pieces are actually sophisticated and proud cultural assets.
Victor Mayer: special craftsmanship – made in Pforzheim
Another characteristic of the Victor Mayer manufactory is a further old technique, guilloché. The finest geometric lines are engraved at tenths of a millimetre as a pattern into the object using vintage machines, creating a striking depth effect. In this process, Viktor Mayer's jewellery production uses guillochings to create tiny facets that make each surface of a piece of jewellery shine delicately. The machines used are the same as those used by the founder 125 years ago. The inventory of such old precision instruments alone is a treasure of historical value. Remarkably, UNESCO lists these methods of guilloche, embossing, pressing and enamelling cultivated by Victor Mayer as an immaterial cultural asset.
Further information on the entire Victor Mayer range can be found at www.victor-mayer.com/de.
The art of real fire enamelling
Up to five layers of pigment are applied with patience and skill, burned and sanded by hand. Jewellery with genuine fire enamel is rare today, so these unique pieces, which are strictly limited and numbered, are all desperately sought after.