Savoir-vivre of the Belle Époque

Charming brooch with pearls & diamonds, Paris circa 1900

Paris, shortly before 1900: luxury and joie de vivre were the ideal of the last decades of the 19th century: the Belle Époque reveled in wealth and glamour. The world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge, and couples in love from the best society met on the brand-new Eiffel Tower. Artists from all over the world flocked to the city, giving birth to a new art: Impressionism, Art Nouveau; poets met in the cafés. At the new Opera Garnier, the Parisian aristocracy of nobility and business flaunted their gowns and finery, always dressed in the latest fashions. This period also saw the completion of the large-scale transformation of Paris. Under Baron Georges-Eugène Hausmann, the city was renewed by radical street openings, the famous boulevards, which decisively shape the image of Paris to this day. Magnificent buildings such as the Grand and Petite Palais were built, whose neo-baroque forms, along with the playful Art Nouveau style, shaped the taste of the times. And in the field of jewellery, too, France had once again become the centre of the world. The present brooch, whose hallmarks proves that it was made in Paris, also comes from this environment. It is in the form of a golden ring adorned with an elegant flower. A pearl shimmers in the centre of the flower, while the leaves and petals are set with sparkling diamond roses. A decorative bow adorns the style of the flower and reveals the influence of the so-called Garland Style. The surface of the flower is covered in bright platinum, while the rest of the brooch is crafted in high karat gold. The brooch, crafted around 1900, is beautifully preserved and still exudes French elegance & savoir-vivre of the Belle Époque.

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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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