Memories of Versailles

Antique pendant with baroque pearl & diamonds, around 1905

The French Revolution was immediately followed by an era of clear forms, restraint in design and material in bourgeois jewellery. People still wanted to distance themselves from the glitter and glamour of the Ancien Regime; diamond pomp seemed too difficult to reconcile with Enlightenment ideas. The world looked quite different a century later: By 1900, the events of the Revolution had receded into the distance - quite freely, the era of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette could be admired for its beauty and refinement. What is more, the middle classes, some of whom had become very wealthy as a result of industrialisation, represented a kind of new aristocracy that liked to express its status through splendid jewellery. Not least, this jewellery referred to the formal world of pre-revolutionary France. In addition to laurel garlands, bows were also among the preferred motifs of the time. The present design features two bows at the same time, with a baroque natural pearl at its centre: a small bow holds the pearl, while a larger one leads over to the pendant loop. Old-cut diamonds and numerous diamond roses occupy the entire surface of the design, which nevertheless appears light due to its open design. The pendant is in very good condition. We have paired it with a matching platinum chain so it can be worn right away.

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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.

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