Highlights of the Belle Époque

Antique earrings with 4,02 ct old-cut diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1910

Glittering diamonds, high-carat gold and bright platinum are the materials from which jewellery dreams are made - and these are just such dreamlike pieces of jewellery. The earrings each set a large old-cut diamond of 2.00 ct. The large diamonds shine in untoned white, with magnificent fire and light. One of the two two-carat diamonds is flawless. The other one has four smaller inclusions of graphite at its lower edge, which do not dull the brilliance of the stone but make it unmistakable among all the other diamonds. The earrings inspire with their precious diamonds. But the other details of the design are no less exquisite. The large brilliant-cut diamonds are set in fine platinum, which protects the stones all around and at the same time allows them to float on the ear in an almost magical way. A smaller diamond marks the transition to the earwire at the top. Like the practical hinged hoop, this is made of high-carat gold. The pair was created in the years around 1910, certainly in one of the great metropolises of Europe. The period of its creation was the Belle Époque, a carefree time, a celebration of the beauty of life. The fashions and the balls of the great cities of all Europe were very much alike, one last time before the terrible wars. People looked forward to the future, and luxury and joie de vivre were to be the guideposts of that future. We can still hear the violins of a ball band when we look at the earrings. Late at night, in the moonlight and under the glittering firmament: What might these earrings have seen, what have they experienced?

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but it would take several more generations of continuous development of the cutting technique before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally, in the 1940s, the modern full cut.

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