Lightness and sophistication
Antique Pendant Brooch With Baroque Pearl, Sapphires & Diamonds, Circa 1910
Lightness and sophistication were the aesthetic ideals of the Belle Époque, the vivacious years between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the First World War. Diamonds shone starry bright in platinum, accompanied by white pearls and pastel-colored stones. Motifs such as garlands, flowers and bows - borrowed from the cheerful neoclassicism of Marie Antoinette's time - were combined to create ever new jewelry creations. In the new electric light, the nobility and industrialists of the evening had many opportunities to show off fine jewelry. The present piece is a jewel from that period and is indebted to that very style, the so-called Garland Style. It is an unusual piece with dual use. Unscrewing its brooch reveals two narrow bands beneath which a velvet or silk ribbon can be threaded. With the help of the chosen ribbon, the jewelry piece can then be worn as a slider pendant. Chokers, so-called colliers de chien, were extremely popular around 1910 and, like updos, drew attention to the neck and shoulder area. At the center of our jewel is a large, baroque natural pearl with a silky luster. It is surrounded by a band of calibrated sapphires and diamonds. Four loose ribbon motifs close the four corners, the spaces in between are filled with fine flower and leaf motifs. Typical of jewellery of the period is the airy openwork design which, for all its splendor, maintains the impression of lightness. The meticulous workmanship further enhances this impression. A rare, finely crafted jewel that breathes the spirit of its time in every respect.
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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.