Or sauvage

11:17 Jul 22, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Mining & Minerals / Gems / Jewellery
French term or phrase: Or sauvage

This is taken from an interview with a jeweller who is expressing his love for "or sauvage" which became popular in the 1970s.

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I am drawing a blank. Can anyone help?
Local time: 06:18

Summary of answers provided
4 +1gold nugget
B D Finch
3 +1Unwrought gold
Kevin Oheix

Discussion entries: 11



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Unwrought gold

Or sauvage: Or travaillé mat ou poli vif avec rendu naturel, brut.


Suggestion based on the above information which seems to fit the context.

Unwrought gold = Or mat (brut)
Raw = Naturel, brut (rough)


Note added at 22 heures (2018-07-23 10:13:58 GMT)

I read about gold in the seventies and yellow gold was very popular. You see "or jaune sauvage" for example. It is worth considering these lines (link provided above):

"Formé dans les ateliers de la bijouterie parisienne Murat, il se passionne pour le traitement des matériaux et l'art des métaux, un intérêt qui le mène à inventer le concept de l'or sauvage en 1968-69 [...] Associé à des pierres de couleurs gravées et aux diamants, l'inspiration indienne est manifeste.

Kevin Oheix
Local time: 06:18
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  philgoddard: Maybe, but I'm not sure. "Unwrought gold is impure gold created from scrap which needs further processing, mainly refining, before it can be used for manufacture of other articles."
5 hrs

agree  GILOU
22 hrs

neutral  B D Finch: Looking at your reference, it makes it clear that the gold was, indeed "wrought" ("torsadé, granulé, froissé, martelé, ciselé, oxydé ...), in ordre to make it look "natural" and "rough".
1 day 20 hrs
  -> Yes, that's what I'm realizing now.
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1 day 12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
gold nugget

"Remember Nugget?
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Gold Nugget Jewelry was a huge, huge trend."

Gold nugget jewelry.

Note added at 2 days 4 hrs (2018-07-24 15:54:35 GMT)

If you google "gold nugget jewelry" you'll find that there are plenty of variations on the theme, some of which are similar to your link.

B D Finch
Local time: 06:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 47
Notes to answerer
Asker: Not sure gold nugget, as shown in your link, is the same as the type of gold used in my link. Thanks.

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agree  Yolanda Broad
4 hrs
  -> Thanks Yolanda
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