Antique brooch with diamonds & first class natural pearls in platinum, Dresden circa 1910
Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideal of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and glamour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and the ladies' gowns and diamonds shone brightly at the balls in the elegant hotels on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Precious materials and luxurious furnishings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their counterparts in Berlin and overseas. One special type of jewellery was particularly popular: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds and platinum to create a crystalline, cool and particularly elegant impression; supernaturally seductive, a little worldly and thus particularly luxurious. The brooch presented here speaks precisely this formal language of these first years of the 20th century and shines in the cool light of 121 high-quality diamonds and the velvety shimmer of two breathtakingly beautiful natural pearls. These are some of the highest quality oriental pearls we have ever been able to offer. The price of natural pearls in the 1900's was about the same as diamonds and so pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually and collected until a strand was made. This brooch, made around 1910 by the jeweller Carl Schnauffner in Dresden, is made entirely of platinum, the most precious metal in the world at the time. Its cool luster and finest mille grips bring out the sparkle of the diamonds and the luster of the pearls to their best advantage. In addition to the exciting elegance of the precious materials, the jewel captivates with its beautiful loop shape. Brooches in the shape of bows have been extremely popular since the 18th century, as they have always been an ancient symbol of attachment - in the truest sense of the word. So it's no surprise that Elizabeth II wore a large brooch in the shape of a bow to the wedding of William and Kate. This brooch bears the evocative name "True Lover's Knot Brooch" and has a touching symbolism of love. The brooch has a detachable brooch and has a total of three threads on the back, so that the piece of jewelry could be worn in different ways, for example as a necklace or hair ornament, if you make appropriate counterparts to the existing threads. So this turn of the century brooch is a truly exceptional piece - the workmanship and materials used here are excellent. I am sure that you will be as enthusiastic about this piece of jewellery as we are.
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 had been 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.