Delicate temptation

Antique diamond necklace in platinum & gold, Berlin circa 1910

Jewellery in elegant, cool and ethereal white - that has been the dream of jewellery designers since the late 19th century. But the technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. Diamonds were available, but the tricky question was the right metal. At first, only silver was available to create white jewelry from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothes. From the years around 1900, platinum was therefore increasingly used, but it was difficult to work with and the metal was still much more expensive than gold, so that it mostly remained here with platinum editions on the front of the pieces. This delicate necklace presents itself in exactly this technique. On a body of yellow gold, a platinum face is applied. A small diamond in a bezel setting forms the beginning and the connection to the delicate chain. To this is attached a long pendulum, covered with polished platinum, and then again a sparkling diamond, which forms two leaves, which lead to the main stone of the jewel. This diamond, weighing about 0.24 ct, is also elegantly framed by a shadow gap. This type of necklace was extremely popular in the countries of Central Europe in the first decades after 1900 and was created again and again in numerous variations. This necklace was created in Berlin, as the hallmark of the jeweler Wilhelm Müller attests. We discovered it in Hamburg.

A special type of jewellery enjoyed particular popularity at the beginning of the century: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds and platinum or white gold to create crystalline, cool and particularly elegant pieces of jewellery; supernaturally seductive, a little worldly and thus particularly luxurious.

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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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