This Heart Shaped Puzzle is such a rare beauty and I am especially grateful for the puzzle Fairy who sent it to me as it has a very deep connection for me now. This puzzle is dedicated to my 2 fur-babes, Oscar and Meyer, who were by my side for 17 years and spiritually, they still are...may they Rest In Peace. You may like this shaped puzzle.
Brand: Ravensburger Collection Silhouette
Title: Heart Shaped Puzzle
Artist: Ulrike Schneiders
Size: 26.378"x26.378" (67 cmx 67cm)
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Great
Shape Cut: Ribbon/grid & random for hearts
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: pink/whites
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Great
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Received from a Puzzle Fairy
Recommend Level: High
Time: 12 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
Look how lovely the colors flow from the reds to pinks then the combination of reds to pinks to mixed.
Just above you can see the shapes of the edges/boarder some of which have a straight edge and some have a rounded edge. Most of the rounded edges belong to the actual heart shaped pieces that are located inside the heart puzzle as you can see I have placed them in their general area below.
After I completed the border and the inside hearts I headed straight for the solid dark red roses and assembled them into their positions on the board as shown below. Then I attempted to work around the hearts that were already on the board as those pieces where shaped slightly different than the more common standard shaped pieces. Some of the pieces were actually a 'stretched' variation of random/grid-like and not so much as extremely random.
I continued to build around the heart shapes that were already in place and I started to add the pinks, whites and the small amounts of green colors into place. There were actually some 'almost' black pieces that filled the background. Then there were some 'sprigs' of white leafy-petal type pieces that were a little tricky too.
The Ravensburger Heart Shaped Puzzle is a such beautiful shaped image produced in 1999 and the image is by Ulrike Schneiders, who was born in Germany, and (like her father) is internationally recognized as one of the foremost still-life photographers. Her images can be found in many brands of jigsaw puzzle companies.
The following images share some of the close up roses and other 'sprigs' as I refer to them because I do not know what their title is. Also the images share the great quality and cut of the ever so popular Ravensburger brand.
As with most Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, the user can expect a great quality and this being a gift from a very special Puzzle Fairy, whom unbeknownst to her, it came at a time when the puzzle fates knew I was struggling through the passing of my two beloved pets. And since this jigsaw puzzle image was at the very highest level on my wish list it was the most gracious moment I have ever experienced during the assembly of a jigsaw puzzle. My heart is still filled with gratitude for this Puzzle Fairy's generosity so 'special' thanks to her. This jigsaw puzzle is dedicated to my two boys, Oscar and Meyer, with love, may they rest in peace.
Oscar & Meyer - May 2020
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About: Ravensburger, Pioneering the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Since its inception in the late 19th century, Ravensburger has emerged as a leading name in the world of jigsaw puzzles, captivating puzzle enthusiasts with their high-quality craftsmanship and captivating imagery. Let's delve into the rich history and legacy of Ravensburger, a company that has shaped the puzzle industry for over a century.
A Humble Beginning
The story of Ravensburger dates back to 1883 when Otto Robert Maier founded the company in Ravensburg, Germany. Initially, the company specialized in producing board games and educational materials. However, it wasn't until the 20th century that Ravensburger expanded its horizons and ventured into the realm of jigsaw puzzles.
The Rise of Jigsaw Puzzles
In the early 20th century, jigsaw puzzles gained popularity as a recreational activity for people of all ages. Recognizing the potential of this burgeoning market, Ravensburger embraced the opportunity and began producing their own puzzles. With a commitment to quality and innovation, the company quickly gained recognition for its meticulously crafted puzzles, characterized by their precise interlocking pieces and vibrant artwork.
Ravensburger's commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail set them apart from their competitors. The company employed advanced printing techniques and high-quality materials to ensure the durability and visual appeal of their puzzles. Every piece was carefully crafted to fit snugly together, providing a satisfying puzzling experience for enthusiasts around the world.
Over the years, Ravensburger expanded its puzzle offerings, catering to a wide range of interests and skill levels. Their collection encompasses various themes, including landscapes, animals, famous landmarks, and works of art. Collaborations with renowned artists and licensing agreements with popular franchises further enriched their puzzle selection, appealing to diverse audiences.
Innovation and Advancements
Ravensburger has consistently embraced innovation to enhance the puzzling experience. In 1964, they introduced their signature "Softclick" technology, revolutionizing puzzle assembly by creating a distinctive clicking sound when pieces fit together correctly. This innovation simplified the process and elevated the enjoyment of puzzle-solving.
Educational Puzzles and Beyond
While Ravensburger is synonymous with entertainment and leisure, they have also recognized the educational value of puzzles. The company developed a range of educational puzzles aimed at fostering cognitive development, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness in children. These puzzles not only entertained but also provided a platform for learning and growth.
Ravensburger's popularity transcended borders, and their puzzles became highly sought after worldwide. With subsidiaries and partnerships in various countries, Ravensburger established a global presence, ensuring their puzzles reached enthusiasts in different corners of the globe.
A Legacy of Excellence
Throughout its history, Ravensburger has remained committed to their founding principles of quality, innovation, and captivating design. Their puzzles continue to captivate both young and old, providing hours of entertainment, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment.
Today, Ravensburger stands as a prominent and beloved name in the puzzle industry. With their vast collection of puzzles, ranging from small beginner puzzles to massive and intricate designs, Ravensburger has something for every puzzler. Whether you're an avid enthusiast or a casual solver, Ravensburger puzzles are sure to engage your mind and bring joy to your puzzling endeavors.
In conclusion, the story of Ravensburger is one of innovation, quality craftsmanship, and a passion for puzzles. From its humble beginnings to its global recognition, Ravensburger has left an indelible mark on the puzzle world. As we piece together their puzzles, we not only experience the joy of solving but also become part of the enduring legacy that is Ravensburger.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)