Through the ages

Clip brooch from a Belle Époque chain clasp, c. 1910 & 1930

Time and again, we come across pieces of jewellery that began their lives in a different form to how they appear today. As fashionable accessories, the transformation of precious pieces of jewellery is in the nature of things, because a valuable object is not thrown away when its form has become unfashionable. That is why it is common practice for pieces of jewellery to be personalised and adapted by their respective wearers. Even today, the field of "re-design" is one of the most important tasks of goldsmiths worldwide. This clip brooch has also undergone a change of function: Once upon a time, the rectangular front was the clasp of a collier-de-chien, a necklace worn close to the neck that was particularly popular in the years around 1910. Its slight curve, which follows the neck, gives an indication of its former function. Its design language with airy lattice bars, delicate mille handles and lorber leaf motifs and its material combination with glittering diamond roses and shimmering natural pearls against a base of platinum is also distinctly typical of the early 20th century. Less than a generation later, the clasp was fitted with a clip. Clips were among the most beautiful and typical pieces of Art Deco jewellery. The special thing about this then new type of brooch was that it could no longer be worn only on the lapel, but everywhere on the dress, on the belt, on the bag and even in the hair. Often as a pair, but also individually, surprising accents could be set, which had not been possible before. A chain clasp that had become unfashionable was just the thing to join this jewellery trend. The successful combination of old and new makes the piece of jewellery a real one-off with an exciting history. We discovered the clip in London. On the history of the clip, see David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, pp. 322-325, with numerous illustrations.

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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.