A Dream of White

Splendid Necklace with 7,19 ct Old Cut Diamonds Set in Platinum, around 1905


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Splendid Necklace with 7,19 ct Old Cut Diamonds Set in Platinum, around 1905
Splendid Necklace with 7,19 ct Old Cut Diamonds Set in Platinum, around 1905
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"Under the striped awning a continuous stream of black coats and gorgeous dresses passed into the house. Being there relieved of wraps and overcoats, the owners of the said attire flashed brilliantly forth in startling raiment and gleaming jewels. Diamonds sparkled everywhere. On snowy shirt-fronts and massive busts, on powdered necks and bare arms and ungloved fingers. They crowned the ebon tresses of portly matrons, and glistened among the curls and plaits of young wives. They blazed on shoulder-straps and stomachers, and coiled serpent-like around plump wrists (…)“ (Translated from the serialized novel "The Countess Pharamond," London Society, April 1892, p. 336) The Belle Époque, the period between the late 19th century and the beginning of the First World War, elevated diamond jewellery in the non-colour white to the pinnacle of jewellery. White jewellery responded to the new lighting conditions, because thanks to electric light, now even in the evening, in the ballroom or at dinner, jewellery sparkled like never before. Particularly luxurious jewels set the brilliant gems in precious platinum, which was still far more expensive than gold. Such a jewel is this necklace, which sets a total of about 7.19 ct diamonds in platinum. The sparkling gems are set in flower-shaped settings, on elegantly draped festoons and sweeping Art Nouveau curves between mille handles. Mostly round old cuts have been set here (so called Old European Cut), which were cut in the period when the necklace itself was created. The smaller diamonds, however, which are not set individually but set in pavé on the platinum curves, seem to be taken from an older piece of jewellery from around 1800. This is a common practice in antique jewellery; often heirlooms were reworked and the gemstones repurposed. The individual elements of the generously proportioned showpiece are made to move, so that they rest softly on the décolleté. A fine chain brings the necklace together at the nape of the neck. As only the front is ornamentally designed, the necklace does not lose its lightness despite all its splendor - an important motto of jewellery design of that time. A storybook example of a luxurious Belle Époque necklace, beautifully preserved and finely crafted.
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Splendid Necklace with 7,19 ct Old Cut Diamonds Set in Platinum, around 1905
A Dream of White
€ 14,900.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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