The restorer was also asked about the cost of restoration. A question which, of course, seems a bit German - I am German -, but of course could also play a role in the sentence. That is not so easy to say, she answered from a museological point of view, because first the team had to decide how far the restoration should go.
A good answer. A first impulse might make it seem desirable that everything should be as it was. But in fact, we have to realise that the pieces will never be the same as they were before the damage. Maybe the stones would have to be completely reset, closed settings renewed. I am not a jeweller or restorer, but a permanent salvage of once corroded metal parts is tricky. In the end, the jewellery is no longer "original". Mind you, the sets of the Saxon kings are unique in the world. Elsewhere, the old sets were torn apart, and the stones reused. The splendour of the courts of Louis XIV and XV, the Stuart and Guelph kings, the Habsburgs, the Prussians (well..) has long been gone.
From the museum's point of view, it might make more sense and be more honest to decide in favour of largely preserving the original substance, including the destruction, during the restoration, and thus also for the authenticity of the jewellery.
Very difficult decisions for the Dresden team!
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