Good moon, you go so quietly....
Antique English brooch in the shape of a crescent moon with pearls, around 1890
A crescent moon shines towards us with this brooch of gold and genuine pearls, transporting us to a balmy summer night. As today, in the years shortly before 1900 - at the dawn of the new, turbulent century - people longed for the tranquil, and at the same time adventurous-exotic distance, as an escape from the constraints of life in the present. Jewelry with symbols such as the star and the crescent moon are evidence of the oriental fashion of the 19th century. Unlike in the centuries before - the Turks were still standing outside Vienna in the 18th century - the Ottoman Empire was no longer seen as a threat, but as a desirable, foreign and exotic counterpart. Especially after Prussia and the British closed ranks with the Ottomans in the Crimean War of the 1850s, people loved the Orient with all its foreign characteristics, which was then extensively traveled and explored. Jewelry such as the present brooch illustrate this orientalism, just like the great paintings of the art exhibitions of those years. The brooch has been preserved in an old case of the English court jeweler Garrard & Co. We discovered the piece of jewelry with the typical English fineness of 15 carats 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.