Morning Dew and Sun Rays

Art Deco Brooch With Natural Pearls & Diamonds, Around 1930

"When the shell rises from its resting-place to the surface of the sea, it opens and receives heavenly dew, and on this the sun's rays play; so it happens that in a stone such a precious, shining pearl grows, received from the heavenly dew and made to gleam by the rays of the sun." So says the Aberdeen Bestiary, a medieval animal poem of the 1300's. The belief that the pearl was created by dew dripping into the shell persisted into early modern times. As late as 1704, the naturalist Valentini wrote that many scholars held this opinion, which dated back to Pliny, but that it was easily refutable, since "the pearl shells must be fished and obtained from the bottom of the sea and other waters / where the dew can never get to." Nevertheless, the association between pearl and dewdrop can be understood, as an iridescent shimmer glides over both. The four natural pearls in the centre of this brooch demonstrate a whole spectrum of this special jewel. Their colours range from light apricot to creamy white with a cool rosé overlay, from a delicate dove-grey base colour to a tone that is barely discernible beneath the lavender and greenish iridescent lustre. The brooch came to us incomplete. We have therefore added the pearls. These are natural freshwater pearls from the stock of a Swedish jeweller, whom we were lucky enough to be able to purchase for such purposes a few years ago. Now the pearls are the focus of a typical design from the height of Art Deco. The elongated brooch is interspersed with curved openings, the edges of which are textured with fine milgrain settings. Diamonds in old European cuts gleam on every point of the surface. Actually worked in platinum on gold, the brooch was plated with rhodium by a previous owner to give it a uniform white appearance.

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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.