Spring greeting

Antique British brooch with diamond & natural pearls, around 1900

"As is well known, pearls today form the magic word that makes the heart of every world lady beat faster, and to an ever-increasing extent pearls are pushing the red-hot rubies, the sparkling emeralds, even the flashing brilliants into the background. [...]" (Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung, No. 45, 1910, p. 399). What the authors of the German Goldschmiede-Zeitung recognized quite correctly could also be applied to England, where at the turn of the 20th century countless pieces of jewelry were created that were entirely set with pearls. Brooches, earrings, necklaces, rings, they were all set with pearls and thus not only suitable to be worn during the day, but also excellently combinable. A typical piece of jewelry of that time is the present brooch in the form of a flower branch. The stem, the leaves and the flower are made of gold and set with pearls and a diamond. This creates a warmly glowing spring greeting that still brings a smile to the face today. Very similar designs can be found, for example, illustrated in the catalog of the goldsmiths Saunders & Shepherd Ltd, Holburn Circus, London, of the 1903/04 season, here p. 150. They help to date this brooch as well. We discovered it in London.

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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.