Heart Ring

  • Florence Koehler, Heart Ring, ca. 1905-1935, enameled gold and sapphires, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, 1981.105.3

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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)

Title
Heart Ring
Artist
Date
ca. 1905-1935
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (0.7 x 2.7 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe

Mediums
Mediums Description
enameled gold and sapphires
Classifications
Object Number
1981.105.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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