Nostalgia and innovation
Antique necklace with sapphire, diamonds & pearls in gold, Berlin circa 1895
At the end of the 19th century, the curved, lively forms of the Rococo came into fashion a third time. They had emerged around 1730, were then revived again from 1850 at the time of the Second Empire in France and finally found their way into jewellery and the decorative arts once again shortly before the turn of the century. Accordingly, one speaks here of a "third rococo". It is typical for the jewellery of this third rococo that it is indebted to the gallant 18th century in its decoration, but always shows quite contemporary forms and formats. The lavallière, for example, also known as a negligee necklace, is a typical form of jewellery from the turn of the century and is characterised by two pendulums of unequal length. This necklace is such a piece of jewellery. The central pendant and the connecting elements are in the characteristic curved rocaille shapes, which also gave the rococo its name. Two baroque natural pearls, fine old-cut diamonds and an intense blue sapphire enliven the shell ornaments. The result is a piece of jewellery that refers to the past and yet was entirely modern and original in its time of origin. This special combination of form and decoration results in a piece of jewellery that is delicate and wearable despite its rich rococo references. As its hallmark attests, it was once commissioned by the jeweller Wilhelm Müller, who ran a large shop in Gertraudenstrasse in Berlin Mitte at the turn of the century. Miraculously, it survived the destruction of World War II and still stands today at Berlin's Spittelmarkt as a reminder of the imperial era.
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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.