I'm your Venus!

First class solid gold necklace with cameo & diamonds, Italy circa 1983

"Goddess on the mountain top Burning like a silver flame The summit of beauty and love And Venus was her name She's got it Yeah, baby, she's got it I'm your Venus, I'm your fire And your desire Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire And your desire" (Bananarama) Jewellery of the 1980s is still fascinating today as an often beautiful and always impressive testimony to a time of optimism and abundance: the oil crisis seemed to have been overcome, Wall Street was flourishing, and a new image of the woman was emerging: self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unusual dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of precious stones. Much costume jewellery was created, but real jewellery was also produced in large numbers in the USA and Europe. The necklace presented here, which can be dated to 1983 thanks to the original invoice, bears witness to this. It is a model piece of the Berlin jeweller Hülse and was purchased at the noble Kurfürstendamm for the proud price of 34.940,- DM. The showpiece of the necklace made of solid 750 gold is a cameo of rock crystal underlaid with lapis lazuli. Ninety flawless white brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of about 1.80 carats surround the stone-cut work and set the white gold chain mountings. The yellow gold curb chain necklace is solidly forged and feels comfortably heavy in the hand. The rock crystal cameo depicts a scene from classical antiquity. The goddess of love Venus is depicted, in antique nudity. Leaning against a pillar, she gazes at the weapons of Mars, the god of war. Cupid stands supportively beside her. The mythological depiction of Venus with the weapons of Mars is a pictorial invention that we encounter again and again in the history of art. It illustrates the assumption that love is stronger than war - Omnia vincit amor - love conquers all! The setting of reference points to previous epochs in the history of jewellery without directly imitating them is what makes up the quality of many jewellery designs of the 1980s and also inspires here in a splendid and first-class form. The necklace came to us from the distinguished Berlin district of Dahlem and is in very good condition.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.