Sparkling starlight

Antique star of gold, silver & diamonds as brooch & pendant, around 1880

One of the most popular jewellery motifs of the 19th century was the diamond-studded star - and not without reason. On the one hand, these pieces of jewellery illustrate the enthusiasm for the Orient of those years, with its fondness for foreign cultures. On the other hand, however, the enthusiasm for star motifs is owed to the Empress of Austria, who introduced the motif of diamond stars to Viennese society and made them immortal classics of jewellery history to this day. The most famous portrait of Sisi, painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, shows the young empress with a multitude of radiant diamond stars in her flowing dark hair, which had been specially made for her by the Viennese court jeweller A.E. Köchert. After this portrait became known, there was no stopping the ladies of Viennese society: every woman who could afford it wanted to come into possession of at least one precious diamond-studded star. Such a piece of jewellery from the end of the 19th century we have before us here. A hidden eyelet and a detachable brooch allow this beautiful piece of jewellery to be worn as a pendant and as a brooch, depending on mood, occasion and wardrobe. It is a fifteen-pointed star with a beautiful old European cut diamond in the center, while the rays are set with another 66 old European cut diamonds. The diamonds, totaling about 2.85 ct, are all set à jour - open - which makes them shine especially beautifully. The jewel with the curved rays is made of silver and, as is typical of the period, slightly reddish gold, the latter only being used on the back so that the show side can shine brightly. The workmanship, design and comparative pieces allow us to date the star to the 1880s.

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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.