Antique medallion of historicism with old cut diamond, around 1885

The culture of remembrance in the 19th century was strongly influenced by material mementos. It is therefore not surprising that in the field of jewellery in particular, various types with sentimental significance prevailed, since jewellery by its nature is worn close to the body - and the medallion even close to the heart. This medallion pendant is a typical piece of the 1880s. Rich ornaments, smooth and matt surfaces alternate to create a magnificent picture. The centre is also set with a sparkling small old-cut diamond. The medallion is made of tombac, a brass alloy that was often used for jewellery in the 19th century because of its excellent workability. The medallion was then heavily gilded, so that today it appears to be made entirely of gold. On the back, behind a guilloché lid, there are two glazed fields in which photos or locks of hair can be safely stored. The medallion found its way to us here in Berlin and is a beautiful testimony to the medallion fashion of the 1880s.

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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.