Black night

Antique Silver Brooch With Enamel & Natural Pearls, Probably Vienna Circa 1880


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Description
In the 19th century, the non-colour black was not yet a fashion statement as it is today, because black stood for mourning. A multitude of rules and behavioral norms were intended to alleviate the grief of the bereaved in the event of a death and at the same time satisfy society's standards of decency. According to the degree of kinship, the mourning times were meticulously determined, for example, in which special clothing was to be worn and also regulated which jewellery was appropriate. The mourning clothes also included specially designed jewellery. After the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861, Queen Victoria wore black until the end of her life, and in Vienna, too, after the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889, there was a "court mourning announcement" with rules of dress for the entire population of Austria. In times of mourning, black jewellery made of jet, black enamel and blackened iron was worn above all. However, pearls were also permitted, which in this context were considered a symbol of shed tears. Cf. for example Brigitte Marquardt: Jewellery. Realismus und Historismus. 1850-1895. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Munich 1998, p. 32f. The brooch here uses black enameled silver and small natural pearls and puts them in the shape of a moon with a small heart suspended inside. Small tendrils in the shape of forget-me-nots emphasize its function as a piece of commemorative jewellery. The silvery shimmer of the beads fits well with the motif of the moon. Shape and color complement each other here to form a harmonious whole. We discovered the moon in Münsterland, it was probably created in Vienna. It can be worn today, of course, even without mourning, just for the sake of its beauty.
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Black night
€ 229.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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