Dance on the volcano
Antique diamond and coral necklace in platinum & gold, Art Deco circa 1928
"Dance on the Volcano" is not only a Berlin film production from 1938. The title also describes like no other term the attitude to life and the social situation in the years from 1920 onwards, especially in the pulsating metropolis of Berlin. It was a torn time between monarchy and dictatorship, between luxury and misery, between war and peace. Yet fueled by the social and political upheavals of the Weimar Republic, it was also, more than almost any other era, a time of exuberant diversity in all areas of culture: The 1920s in Germany was a turbulent era full of contradictions. After the catastrophe of the First World War and the chaos of inflation, the years after 1925 brought a phase of economic upswing in which optimistic faith in progress and a zest for life broke through. The jewellery of those years left the historical models behind and still inspires today with its amazing modernity, unsurpassed elegance and never again achieved perfection of workmanship. This necklace exemplifies the qualities of this period. Created in the late 1920s, the necklace centrally presents a spectacular multi-tiered structure composed of elegant arches, positioning a total of six drops of magnificent Mediterranean coral movably between first-class old-cut diamonds. A diamond pendulum is attached to the precious centerpiece. A delicate white gold chain, holding diamond lozenge-shaped and solitaire-set diamonds in the front section, makes the necklace wearable. The wonderful top Wesselton diamonds with very good rowness sparkle with the fine mille handles of the surface in any incidence of light, while the salmon-coloured corals add unusual splashes of colour. The design of the jewel exemplifies the language of Art Deco with all the festivity and lightness and perfection of craftsmanship that we so love today in pieces of this era. A desirable, unusual piece of jewellery with an appeal that transcends the ages and fine understatement in the finest material.
With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No more dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. It is no wonder that a new fashion emerged as a result of these developments: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of the period: To shine in beauty. But the fashion for white jewellery also remained current in the following decades, right up to the Art Déco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or white gold, which was developed shortly after the World War.
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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.