Sparkling combined

Antique diamond brooch in platinum & gold, art nouveau around 1905

The history of art, but also the history of jewellery, is not a "single file of styles", as the saying goes: even ideas that appear completely new are usually based on previous styles and forms. Thus, stylistic developments can be understood as a constant flow, as a continuous evolution that merges retrospectives with current ideas. This piece of jewellery expresses this in a particularly beautiful way. The platinum and diamond brooch was created in the early years of the 20th century. Its shape is developed from an idea of the triangle. Arches of sparkling diamonds form the framing basic shape. Its forms are inspired by French Art Nouveau with its curved, graceful shapes taken from nature. At the same time, however, the goldsmith has managed to preserve the cool and cosmopolitan elegance of the white jewels of the Belle Époque and has thus combined both styles. The brooch is made of high-carat gold with a platinum face. This combination of materials not only ensures that the rich setting of approximately 1.78 ct of diamonds in various historic cuts can display its fire and sparkle wonderfully. The two metals are also combined in the ornaments, thus ensuring that the piece retains a certain warmth. The jewel is very well preserved and a charming insight into the rich world of ideas of the early 20th century.

Jewellery in elegant, cool and noble white - that has been the dream of jewellery designers since the late 19th century. But the technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. Diamonds were available, but the tricky part was the question of the right metal. At first, only silver was available to create white jewelry from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothes. From the 1900s onwards, platinum was used more and more, but it was difficult to work with and much more expensive than gold, so that platinum was usually only used on the front of the pieces. It was not until 1912, when Pforzheim succeeded in producing white gold on a mass scale by cleverly alloying gold with other metals, that the way was clear for all-round white jewellery. However, it was to take until after the First World War for the new metal to really establish itself: with the fashion for Art Deco, however, there was no stopping it.

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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.

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