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Heart Ring

ca. 1905-1935 Florence Koehler Born: Jackson, Michigan 1861 Died: Rome, Italy 1944 enameled gold and sapphires 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (0.7 x 2.7 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe 1981.105.3 Not currently on view


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Florence Koehler hated the finish of polished gold, and “muted” her pieces with semitransparent white enamel. Her choice of gemstones defied convention: she used cabochons (unfaceted stones), and preferred pearls to diamonds. Koehler based her designs on the gemstones, which she chose according to the personality of the individual for whom she was making the piece. (Laurie Eglington Kaldis, ed., Portrait of an Artist, 1947)

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

enamel

metal - gold

stone - sapphire

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