Yours Is My Whole Heart

Precious Diamond Brooch in Gold & Silver, Circa 1900


€ 1,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,690.00 / piece
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Precious Diamond Brooch in Gold & Silver, Circa 1900
Precious Diamond Brooch in Gold & Silver, Circa 1900
Description
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Pieces of jewellery are objects that can be more personal than almost anything else. Every wearer must be able to identify with them, and it is not uncommon for jewellery to exude a special power, as if it were charged with pure emotion, as if it were a storehouse of feeling. This frequently expressed thought is not coincidental, as pieces are often testimonies to human feelings, sometimes they are also visible symbols of shared happiness, precious memories or love. We have such an object before us here - and there can be no doubt about its meaning: It is a heart made of diamonds. There are 44 old European cut stones totaling around 1.10 carats set into the front of the heart. They are set in silver which, with its light patina and warm colour, provides a beautiful foil for the white sparkle of the gemstones. The brooch is made of high-carat gold to which the silver is applied on the front. This technique, which is typical of the time and is known as "silver on gold" in English-speaking countries, means that the piece does not rub off on clothing when worn, which pure silver jewellery sometimes does. The diamond heart is beautifully preserved and an emotional gift to a loved one - today as it was over a hundred years ago!
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In ancient times, diamonds were prized above all for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections and the widespread table cuts only accentuated the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the graduated 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a preference for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflect the candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, the first early brilliant cut developed, known as the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin and characterized by a crown with 17 facets. Towards the end of the century, these diamonds were replaced by a new shape, the Peruzzi cut, named after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gemstone cutter from Venice who increased the crown of the diamonds by an additional 33 facets to a total of 33, thereby increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be retained. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but it would take a few more generations of continuous development of the cutting technique before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut and finally, in the 1940s, the modern full cut.
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Precious Diamond Brooch in Gold & Silver, Circa 1900
Yours Is My Whole Heart
€ 1,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,690.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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