Antique pendant brooch with diamonds in silver & gold, around 1890

Did you know that the moon, due to its cool light, once stood for the precious metal silver in the imagery of alchemy? This is why we even find a crescent-shaped hallmark on works by German silversmiths in the late 19th century, which is supposed to confirm the authenticity of the material. And here, too, it is silver that gives this moon its colour. However, it was mainly used because silver was the preferred precious metal in the late 19th century to set diamonds in. Its natural patina was already taken into account: because of the darkening, the diamonds appear even brighter in contrast. There are a total of 65 diamonds that give this moon its bright light. The diamonds are designed in individual old cuts and together weigh about 3.56 ct. They are predominantly of an unusually clear quality for the time. While the diamonds are set in silver, the moon is back set in gold to prevent staining of skin and clothing. The solid gold brooch can be unscrewed so that the jewel can also be worn as a pendant. This dual function, typical of the time, ensured that the investment in precious jewellery paid for itself through numerous wearing options. Moons such as this were all the rage in the late 19th century and were made in many variations. Sparkling crescent moons could be admired in ballrooms all over Europe. As a final illustration, we show a painting by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini from 1889, which depicts a lady in an evening gown wearing a very similar crescent moon brooch. The brooch is in very good condition. It came to us from Vienna.

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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.