Beauty of the line

Graceful Art Nouveau brooch in platinum, gold & diamonds, circa 1905

The new style, which conquered the world from France in the years around 1900, wanted to wrap the whole life in beauty. The artists of this new art, Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, as it was called in Germany, saw themselves as avant-garde and devoted themselves to even the smallest detail of everyday life. For it was not only architecture that was to emerge anew and finally find a contemporary answer to the changed modern life. The forms of drawing, painting, decoration, clothes, furniture, everyday objects and - of course - jewellery were also rethought and redesigned. A beautiful testimony to this new fashion is the brooch here, which was created in the early years of the still young 20th century. It is made of high karat gold and topped with a layer of bright platinum. Two old-cut diamonds of about 0.37 ct together and 15 rose-cut diamonds set white sparkling highlights. The brooch presents itself as a slightly elongated, curved shape from which the diamonds hang down to the lower left like shimmering fruit. The framing is dynamic and reminiscent of flying whips, a motif that led contemporaries to refer to the style as the coup-de-fouet style, the style with the whip. The brooch is delicate yet very well preserved. A safety catch that encloses the tip of the pin and must be pulled to the side prevents the brooch from being lost when worn.

Brooches belonged until not so long ago to the indispensable pieces of jewelry. No lady would have left the house around 1950 without a brooch, because without a brooch the clothing was not complete. How and where the brooch was worn on the clothes changed according to the respective fashions. In the years around 1900, the so-called "collar brooch" was popular, which was worn on the front of the blouse at about the height of the top button on garments that were closed up high. This is one such collar brooch from the heyday of Art Nouveau in the years around 1900.

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