From the beautiful era

Antique necklace & brooch with amethyst, baroque pearl & diamonds, around 1895

When the popularity of white jewels reached its zenith in the years around 1900, diamond jewellery was particularly popular in combination with coloured stones, so that these and the diamonds enhanced each other's effect. Thus the ladies' journal Bazar already knew: "The most marvellous effect of noble stones is achieved by composition, and namely brilliants and emeralds, rubies or amethysts are of marvellous effect." (Der Bazar, 40th volume 1894, No. 6, January 29, 1894, p. 57.) The present gem is a particularly fine contemporary witness. A large, darkly luminous amethyst of that deep coloration associated with Siberian sites is at the center of the design. Its facets also bring out pink reflections that seem to glow deep within the stone. Delicate golden lobes of high karat gold nestle around the amethyst to hold it securely yet subtly. Around the central colored stone, vegetal tendrils unravel, set all over with a total of about 1.77 ct of diamonds in historic old cuts. They have been set in silver in order to make the gemstones shine particularly brightly in their slight darkening. On the back, however, a gold plating protects them from staining the skin or clothing. A large, baroque natural pearl with a melting lustre is suspended from the delicate structure. The piece of jewellery can be worn as a necklace, but if the delicate chains are unhooked, it becomes a brooch. In the late 19th century, such a brooch was worn centrally at the neckline of an evening gown, so that it is also called a corsage ornament. Many particularly precious pieces of jewellery like this one had such dual functions, so that the investment paid off twice as the owner could wear it more often. The jewel is beautifully preserved and is a perfect illustration of how the Belle Époque - the "beautiful era" - got its name.

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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.