Powerful composition

Large Art Deco Diamond & Emerald Pendant, circa 1928

This exquisite pendant is a typical example of fine 1920s Art Déco jewellery. With its large shield form, it is perfectly suited to showcase the exceedingly painstaking detail in which the best of the era's goldsmiths were able to execute their work. A bright green emerald has been made the focal point and likewise the sole flash of colour in this otherwise gleaming white pendant. Two large old mine cut diamonds, presumably incorporated from an even earlier antique piece (a common practice at the time), frame the emerald left and right. A further 5.37 ct of diamonds, 90 overall, are set onto every curve and line of the platinum, and together with the pierced details produce a dazzling display of light and shadow. Aside from the high quality of the materials, the craftsmanship of the pendant, too, is exceptional. The fine skill and high standards of the goldsmith show even in the usually never-visible side view of the piece, where fine engravings adorn the frame. We've added a delicate but sturdy matching platinum chain to make the piece wearable. All materials have been certified by a renowned gemological institute, and the jewel will be delivered with their certificate as well as our own certificate of authenticity.

The wild years after the First World War gave women in all European countries a completely new attitude to life and a new self-image. After they had worked for the first time in the war in industry and administration, crafts and in the care of the sick on a grand scale, there was no going back to the hearth and the home. A general awakening brought with it new short hairstyles, new, body-hugging dresses and even new, sensual cosmetics. Equally upsetting was the new music of the day. Charleston, Fox Trot, Texas Tommy and numerous other dances of jazz and swing brought a new freedom and physicality to the dance floor as well. New types of jewellery were naturally part of this and it is not surprising that one of the most popular new accessories of the 1920s was the long necklace, which moved with the rhythm of the new music and the movements of the body and underlined the elegance of the dancer. These long strands of pearls, silk ribbons or fine chains were always accompanied by large pendants. Unlike rings or bracelets, there were no restrictions on their function, so the jewellery designers of the time were able to realise their ideas very freely. Therefore, apart from the brooch, there is probably no other piece of jewellery that expresses the geometric expressiveness of Art Deco as well as the pendant. They are usually elongated, symmetrical and of a cool, diamond-studded elegance. Basic geometric shapes, zigzag lines, stepped designs, but also Chinese and Indian influences characterize the best of these pieces.

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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.