Jan Theodor de Bry

A Jeweled Temptation


In the 1590s, life as a Huguenot in France was tenuous.  Daniel Mignot, a trained goldsmith, must have felt this acutely, for he left his native France and re-established himself in the city of Augsburg, in present day Germany.  While Augsburg offered him the religious freedom to live openly as a Protestant, the city’s laws prevented Mignot, as a foreigner, from practicing his craft.  Mignot turned to printmaking as a way of showcasing and disseminating his innovative designs for jewelry.  It also proved to be a lucrative form of generating income. 
Daniel Mignot, Jan Theodor de Bry, jewelry design, enamel, temptation, virtue, engraving, blackwork, rings