For the goddess of love
Fine necklace of oriental pearls with diamond clasp, around 1920
Pearls have always fascinated people, their incomparable shimmer was highly valued in all cultures at all times and secured the pearl a place of honour among the most precious materials. Many legends explain their mythical origin. In Europe, for example, pearls are regarded as the precious stones of Venus, the goddess of love, who, according to legend, is "foam-born", i.e. is said to have sprung from a shell in a similar way to the pearl. Probably the most famous depiction of this scene is Sandro Botticelli's painting of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. In the years around 1900 still gold weighed, real pearls, which mostly came from the Persian Gulf, were always extremely rare and precious. It was only after the first successful cultivation of pearls in shells in Japan in the 1920s that broader sections of the population were able to afford pearl jewellery in the following generations, but from cultured pearls rather than real pearls. This necklace made of real natural pearls also dates from the 1920s. The pearls are arranged in a row and have a uniform cream-white colour and a slightly baroque shape. The clasp of the necklace is also of high quality. It is made of white gold and set with a small rose-cut diamond. Its shape shows the elegant signature of Art Deco.
Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious - just like natural gemstones, they are small natural wonders. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.