Pearl Frenzy

Antique pearl necklace with aquamarine & diamond clasp, Art Déco around 1930

It was a great sensation when the Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto succeeded in cultivating saltwater pearls on a large scale in the early 1920s. Until then, pearl necklaces had to be made from naturally grown pearls, which were about as expensive as diamonds of the same size. It was also particularly difficult to "match" long pearl necklaces, or even those made from several strands, from the comparatively small stocks of natural pearls, i.e. to match the pearls perfectly in colour and size. It was only with the invention of the cultured pearl that this became easier - a fact that fashion-conscious ladies embraced with enthusiasm in the Art Deco years. Four strands of creamy white pearls with a slightly golden luster have come together here to form a magnificent necklace. All the pearls are perfectly matched in terms of colour, size and appearance. In keeping with the preciousness of the numerous pearls, the clasp is also particularly magnificent: A total of about 1.53 ct of diamonds in various ancient cuts are set in platinum together with a large aquamarine weighing more than eleven carats. Fine shadow gaps and millegrafts divide the finely crafted surface of the showpiece. In its cool, geometric abstraction, the modern orientation of the Art Deco style is evident, which this fine jewel clasp follows. In the 1920s, ladies wore their hair cut short for the first time. Precisely cut bob heads and intricately laid water waves had abruptly replaced the long hair of previous centuries. A new image of women was born, the flapper, who flirted with androgynous style elements and yet often broke them with glamorous accessories. The former owner of this pearl necklace probably also wore such a hairstyle, because the view of the precious clasp at the nape of her neck was unobstructed. Even today, the pearl necklace is a beautiful addition to pinned-up hair - or one decides to wear the clasp in front, in the spirit of Goethe's phrase to Torquato Tasso "Whatever pleases is permitted". We discovered this wonderful necklace in New York.

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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.

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