Beauty of technology

Elegant propeller brooch with diamonds, late Art Deco around 1940


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Elegant propeller brooch with diamonds, late Art Deco around 1940
Elegant propeller brooch with diamonds, late Art Deco around 1940
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Those who think of Art Deco jewellery rightly have in mind cool designs in platinum or white gold, shining white with rich diamond setting. Fine designs in geometric shapes, articulated by the finest sawn details and delicately and elegantly designed: This was the style of the late 1920s, which corresponds to early Art Deco. In the late 1930s, however, the Parisian jewellery houses in particular developed this formal language further, and by the end of the decade the turnaround had occurred throughout Europe: the forms became sculptural, voluminous and expansive, although still designed from a powerful geometry. This change of style is not exclusively, but also explained by the technical and economic changes of the time. Platinum, for example, was de facto no longer available to goldsmiths at the latest with the beginning of the war, which is why the switch to white gold or yellow gold was not only voluntary. The designs of the jewellery, on the other hand, increasingly took forms from the realm of technology as their model, and it is not surprising that from the years around 1940, in addition to bicycle chains, we also encounter the chain tracks of the new types of tanks ("tank tracks") as jewellery details. The brooch we have here, a magnificent and expressive piece, comes from this period and introduces us to these stylistic features. Forged from high karat white gold, the brooch was obviously inspired by the technique: The transverse basic shape presents itself in the form of a stylized airplane propeller and impressively combines elegance and dynamism, which also characterize so many vehicles of the 1940s. In the center of the composition shines a diamond of 0.33 ct as a solitaire. This stone is formed in the old cut and probably already a few years older than the jewellery itself. Two small diamonds, already formed in the modern full cut, accompany the center stone: for the development of the diamond cut also progressed far in these years and was optimized. With its sense of glamour and elegant drama, the brooch is an unusual eye-catcher on the lapel or collar, which has lost none of its charisma even after more than 80 years. The brooch came to us from the Rhineland.
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The 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewelry with Art Deco: geometric abstractions, fine materials, and luxurious furnishings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London, and Vienna as well as their counterparts in Berlin and overseas. The longer and wider the style spread, the more the forms evolved. In Paris and the USA, for example, a special style emerged in the years after 1930, which in the USA is called "retro" jewellery: The shapes became stronger, more corpulent, and the jewelry once again more splendid. Fashion now preferred pieces of jewelry made of yellow or red gold to those made of platinum or white gold, and colored stones replaced diamonds in popularity. The surfaces were fanned out geometrically and the jewels were conceived almost like cubist architectures.
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Elegant propeller brooch with diamonds, late Art Deco around 1940
Beauty of technology
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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