Don't forget me

Antique demi-parure in gold & turquoise in original case, around 1860

The demi-parure here, which is a set of earrings and brooch, whispers to us, "Don't forget me!" The earrings and brooch consist of the same design idea: a wide frame of gold frames an arrangement of turquoise. The gold is first convex, then concave, forming a kind of protective flower in which the turquoise blossoms. In the 19th century, turquoises were considered stones of remembrance in Germany, but also in Great Britain. Because their colour reminds of the forget-me-not, which is also called "forget-me-not" in English. The turquoise, like the forget-me-not itself, was intended to remind the wearer of the jewellery of the giver. Turquoise was a true fashion colour of this time, which was dedicated to the cult of friendship and love like few other epochs. In the case of the jewellery here, this meaning is taken up and reinforced by the fact that the brooch also conceals a locket compartment on its reverse side: Here a very real token of love, a memento or souvenir can be inserted to be worn unforgotten (and unseen!) on the chest. It is a rare stroke of luck that a set of matched jewels has survived together here. Too often such parures have been torn apart over time. Here, however, due to the preservation of even their sturdy box, good fortune has saved us this beautiful trio through the ages.

The turquoises processed here sit in so-called pavée settings, in which the stones are placed very close to each other so that no metal of the background remains visible. The pavée technique is one of the more demanding techniques of the setting craft - and if the surface also has a curvature, a true master must be at work to get the gemstones to hold securely with only the tiny grains. Such is the case with this beautiful turquoise brooch. This type of jewellery with set stones in a convex curvature is known as "Bombé" jewellery.

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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.