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Antique pendant brooch with pearls in rose gold, around 1885


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Antique pendant brooch with pearls in rose gold, around 1885
Antique pendant brooch with pearls in rose gold, around 1885
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A fervid love for ornamentation defined the jewellery design of the 1880s. For the ornament had remained from the previous decades, when goldsmiths tried their hand at copies based on ancient Etruscan or Assyrian jewellery. The art of granulation had thus been learned, as well as working with applications of the finest gold wires, and by incorporating these design features, something very much its own soon emerged, which is not reminiscent of antiquity, but rather characterises the image of jewellery of the 1880s. The present piece of jewellery, which can be worn both as a brooch and as a pendant, is an example of this development. The golden wires, beads and engraved surfaces are even allowed to stand on their own here, and only in this way form the actual basic shape of the work, the oval. Thus the brooch gives the impression of a delicate piece of lace made of gossamer ornaments. Small natural pearls set shimmering focal points and a delicate blossom with small leaves lends the piece of jewellery a playful note. Two brooches of a similar design are illustrated in an issue of the ladies' journal Bazar from 1888 under the heading "Moderne Schmuck- und Gebrauchsgegenstände" (Modern Jewellery, see last illustration) and support our dating.
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One of the most beautiful inventions of our ancestors is the pendant brooch: a piece of jewellery that can be worn in two functions. Since until the early 20th century the brooch was worn centrally in front of the neckline, just like the pendant, goldsmiths gave many jewels this dual function. This also made the investment worthwhile, as the jewels could then be worn twice as often.
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Antique pendant brooch with pearls in rose gold, around 1885
Beloved ornament
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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