Champagne grapes

Antique vine brooch with emeralds & pearls, around 1910

The Belle Époque was characterized by the pursuit of beauty and pleasure, luxury and progress - an attitude to life that spanned all western metropolises and was to come to an abrupt end with the outbreak of the First World War. The present brooch in the form of a vine, however, is still completely committed to this spirit of the "beautiful epoch". Under emerald leaves there is a grape made of champagne-coloured pearls, which is sculpturally designed and given a special depth effect by the lustre of the pearls. In this context, the natural colour variation of the emeralds, which makes the leaves shine in different shades of green, is also beautiful. Fine tendrils of silver complete the nature-inspired motif. An overlay of gold on the back prevents staining on clothing. Jewelry pieces such as this one seemed to be popular in the period around 1910, especially in North America, where they were available as brooches and pendants. For dating, see for example the illustrated catalog page of the jeweler Chas. B. Engel from Pennsylvania from the year 1912. Similar pieces can also be found in a 1912 catalogue of the Baird North Co. from Rhode Island. Both areas are known for their wines: So whether this fashion was related to the popularization of American wines, which soon became available all over the world thanks to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 - until Prohibition halted this development in 1919?

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