Jewelry is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. Seemingly inherent to man's
nature, unconnected civilizations throughout time have each developed jewelry which
reflects their own unique period and culture.
The work of Gerhard Herbst is primarily concerned with sculptural form and its aesthetic
relationship to the body. Using techniques which have their origins in Bronze Age
British Isle goldsmithing (1400-700 B.C.), Gerhard often forges his jewelry from
a single blank of material, creating dimension and volume through the application
of specialized hammering techniques. In principle, these same techniques were first
employed in ancient Ireland to make jewelry such as the twisted ribbon torc and the
"lunula" neck collar. The ancient islanders would hammer out their jewelry from a
single ingot, creating pieces that were extremely durable and lightweight. As a result,
hundreds of these pieces still exist and can be found in museums and private collections.
Gold Lunula Neck Collar C. 1800-1500 B.C. Nearly symmetrical this piece was well designed
for a comfortable fit.
Twisted Ribbon Torc C. 1200-900 B.C. Created through a combination of