Luxury and joie de vivre

Antique bracelet with Australian opal and 59 diamonds, around 1890

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideal of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and glamour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and the ladies' gowns and diamonds shone brightly at the balls in the elegant hotels on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Like every era, of course, these years had their own fashions and preferences. In the 1900s, it was diamonds and large exotic coloured stones set in silver and gold that made hearts beat faster: this created sparkling treasures that also stood out from the exuberant dresses of the time. Especially large full opals were, since their discovery in Australia at the end of the 19th century, the "must have" as far as jewels were concerned: Not only their beauty inspires, but also their stability of value convinces here to buy. Especially large stones with exciting colour play were in demand and here red played a special role, because an opal with red components is much rarer and therefore much more precious than those without red colour reflections! The opal in the middle of the present bracelet from the 1890s is such a gemstone, which can only increase in value. The gorgeous opal from Australia is cut as an oval cabochon and displays a wonderful play of colours with gorgeous reds. In fact, depending on the incidence of light, the colours of the rainbow can be seen: The stone has many different shades of red, but also green, yellow and even violet nuances can be seen. The band itself is made up of 41 round links strung together in a moveable fashion, each with a Rose Cut diamond sparkling in the center. In total, 41 diamond roses are gathered here. Centrally, the element with the fine opal is lined with magnificent Old European Cut diamonds. The eighteen early Brilliant Cut diamonds are all individually cut and gently shimmer to match the opal. The old diamond cuts do not steal the show from the large opal, and the patinated silver adds a certain restraint to the magnificent piece. The band was probably made in England in the 1890s and found its way to us here in Berlin. On which boulevards of the world the piece was once worn is left to our imagination - but one thing is certain: The bracelet is an absolutely admirable piece of selected quality, which is waiting for new opportunities to attract attention with its sparkles!

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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.