My lucky star

Antique diamond star with 7.18 ct old cut diamonds as scarf clip/scarf holder, around 1880

One of the most popular jewelry motifs of the 19th century was the diamond-studded star - and not without reason. On the one hand, these pieces of jewelry illustrate the enthusiasm for the Orient of those years, with its fondness for foreign cultures. On the other hand, the enthusiasm for star motifs is owed to the Empress of Austria, who introduced the motif of diamond stars to Viennese society and made them immortal classics of jewelry history to this day. Probably the most famous portrait of Sisi, painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, shows the young empress with a multitude of radiant diamond stars in her flowing dark hair, which were specially made for her by the Viennese court jeweler A.E. Köchert. After this portrait became known, there was no stopping the ladies of Viennese society. Every woman who could afford it wanted to be in possession of at least one precious star with diamonds. Such a piece from the end of the 19th century we have here before us. It is a five-pointed star set with a total of 66 old-cut diamonds with a total weight of about 7.18 carats. Forged from yellow gold, the center of the star is effectively blackened, which beautifully accentuates the large old cuts with their individual shapes. Smaller diamonds describe the star shape as a surrounding band. During the graduated 20th century, the star, which was probably once designed as a brooch, was fitted with a large clip, so that today it can be used as a scarf holder or scarf clip. This high quality and elegant piece of jewelry came to us from Wiesbaden. It comes with a detailed appraisal from the German Gemstone Appraisal Society.

Celestial bodies were one of the most popular jewelry motifs of the late 19th century era. Whether crescents, suns or stars, they were all found on the necklines and blouses of the ladies, executed in diamonds for the evening and in gold for the day.

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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.