The lights of the big city

Magnificent diamond brooch in gold & silver, around 1930

Loudly hums the buzz of voices, in between bright laughter and tinkling glasses. In the dim light of the cabaret, stockings knitted with gold thread shine under the new short Charleston dresses. Now and then the spotlights flash across the room, the ladies' modern jewels glitter: Long earrings to short bob hairdos, diamond rings, geometric brooches. The piece here could have been one of them at that time. Created in the years around 1930, it speaks the formal language of Art Deco. Diamonds in the old European cut and rose cut are set in silver, which is held on the back by 14 karat gold. All light, all glow is concentrated on the wonderful stones, which are lined by milegrain and separated by small sawn gaps that contribute another chord in the play of light and shadow. The brooch is designed in so-called plaque form as an elongated octagon, typical of the period, and is centrally defined by a recumbent lozenge lined with symmetrical foliage. In its center sparkles a large old-cut diamond. A total of 98 rose-cut diamonds occupy every free space. As a special touch, the back of the brooch is also made of yellow gold. While the front is designed entirely of silver and diamonds, the brooch becomes even more beautiful when turned upside down: here the gold is beautifully worked, sawn, pierced and pleasantly curved. The goldsmith's work of an unknown master is first class preserved and found its way to us here in Berlin from a private estate.

Rose cut diamonds - also called "rose couronée", crowned roses - can already be found in jewelry of the 16th century, and famous diamonds like the "Orloff" or the "Grand Mogul" are also cut into roses. This form of diamond cut is characterized by the fact that the upper side of the diamond is faceted in a star shape and the underside is cut flat. This creates a very specific, soft shimmer that is very different from the sometimes garish sparkle of today's brilliant diamonds. The diamond rose, which originated in the Netherlands, therefore still enjoys many lovers today, because beautiful roses made of diamond are becoming increasingly rare to find.

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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.