Goethe Finger Ring Made of Silver
Article Number 23428
Lost and Found. Traces of Goethe in Weimar.
During a visit to the Weimar master engraver Manfred Pennewitz, the Menards found out that after Goethe's death in 1832, the rings were kept in the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar until 1913 when they were stolen. The rings have not been seen since then. Based on an old illustration, Manfred Pennewitz had produced the rings by hand years ago, but when the rings were stolen from his shop's display case, he decided to manufacture the rings solely upon request.
After the death of the engraver in 2013, the jewellery makers from Steinfurt suggested to the museum in Weimar they could take over the production of the Goethe couple's jewellery. With the aid of 3D printing techniques, a model maker produced the first model on the basis of the illustration in the "Goethes Gedenkblätter Weimar" for the Menards. Based on this model, a foundry in Pforzheim casts the slugs for the rings today. Subsequently, the rings are surface treated in Steinfurt. The relief on the surface of the rings shows two parallel running lines, bordered on each side by a ring of half beads. The rings were originally engraved with the day of Goethe marriage proposal on October 14, 1806. In the ring offered here, there is no engraving.
In addition, this ring is made of 925 silver instead of gold.
Menard. When Looking for the New, Don't Forget the Old.
The Menards' name several reasons for their decision to keep the production in Europe and not to relocate in Asia (unlike many other manufacturers): first of all the "exceptional craftwork training" and the resulting quality of the sophisticated products, next to the short delivery distances, and, last but not least, the strict environmental regulations in Germany. "We understand sustainability as an integrated concept and challenge we accept", they explain. Procuring raw materials increasingly from sustainable sources is part of that commitment, too.
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