Or sauvage

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

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

Below is a reference:
http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=5100116&np=1&...

I am drawing a blank. Can anyone help?
Thanks
Mr.Q
France
Local time: 20:03


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


Discussion entries: 11





  

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Unwrought gold


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

http://propertyofalady.fr/2017/05/30/les-seventies-sont-de-r...

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

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

https://books.google.fr/books?id=0e0NAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA757&lpg=P...

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Note added at 22 heures (2018-07-23 10:13:58 GMT)
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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
France
Local time: 20:03
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


Explanation:
https://www.jewelry-secrets.com/Blog/gold-nugget-jewelry/
"Remember Nugget?
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Gold Nugget Jewelry was a huge, huge trend."

www.pioneerjewelers.com/catalog/gold-nugget-jewelry
Gold nugget jewelry.

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Note added at 2 days 4 hrs (2018-07-24 15:54:35 GMT)
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@Asker
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
France
Local time: 20:03
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.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Yolanda Broad
4 hrs
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