A Midsummer Night's Dream

Antique star brooch with diamonds in gold, around 1900

The brooch here takes and into a midsummer night's dream. We see around 1.50 ct of diamonds in gold. A large diamond in bright, radiant yellow forms the center of the design. It is an unusual stone, with its yellow color and very good clarity it was not for nothing chosen as the starting point of the piece. Smaller diamonds, now in bright white, set twelve rays, which unfold all around starting from the central diamond. The shape that is thus formed is a star, or a sun. For who would want to decide whether the light that emanates from the piece of jewelry is assigned to the day or the night? Warm as the sun shines the diamond in the center. Cool as the stars the diamonds on the sides. Brooches in the shape of stars were a great fashion in the second half of the 19th century, until the early 20th century. Empress Sisi of Austria wore stars made of diamonds, set in silver, in her hair. Then, as time graduated, stars made of gold became fashionable. Therefore, we also date this brooch to the years around 1900, despite the old cuts of the diamonds, which were probably cut several generations before the brooch was created. Here they experienced a new life to shine anew, like the light on a new day.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious - after all, like natural gemstones, they are small natural wonders. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that comes from natural pearls is hard to put into words, but each natural pearl is different from the other and has its own luster, structure and luster. They are always wonderful unique pieces of nature - which are hard to find today.

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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.