Best Things Come In Small Boxes

Charming Belle Époque Earrings With Old Cut Diamonds, Circa 1890

A small box, a case in brodeaux red, the corners slightly scuffed and so cute that you want to touch them right away, holds a sparkling secret. Opening the case, the festive sparkle of precious diamonds lined up close together pleases our eye. This pair of earrings from the last decade of the 19th century creates festive feelings of happiness at first sight. So beautiful, so rich is the sparkle of white light that these pieces, despite their almost everyday size, nevertheless send out magnificent. We see thirty-four historic old-cut diamonds arranged into two glowing snowflakes. Two more diamonds mediate to the golden leverbacks. The settings of the stones and all visible parts are made of bright silver, while the parts that come into contact with the skin or clothing are made of gold. In a time when white gold and platinum were not yet available, this was the usual procedure. Thus, the diamonds of about 1.40 ct shine in the best way, but there can be no staining on clothes and skin. The shapes are entirely in keeping with the magnificent style of the Belle Époque of the Fin de Siècle, as is their technical execution, which allows the metal to recede to the maximum in order to showcase the gemstones in the best possible way. The wonderful pair is in very good condition and can be worn immediately without any problems - and of course the small box in which the pieces came to us is included.

In the years just before 1890 there was a real revolution in the field of jewellery. The excess of historicism in form and color appeared to be out of date throughout Europe. Increasing mechanization, also in jewelry making, had repeated the same forms over and over again until they had finally become interchangeable and arbitrary. The jewelers feared for their existence: jewelry sales were declining rapidly, a new fashion was not in sight! At the beginning of the new decade, the crisis was overcome. White jewels were the solution, which quickly caught on. Instead of many poorly combinable pieces of jewelry, the ladies now concentrated on a few, but all the more high-quality objects. They were united by their common color: white diamonds and pearls shone in settings of silver, later platinum and white gold. The designs are filigree and completely restrained in their formal language. Leaves, tendrils, and light geometric shapes suddenly dominated the picture, which until just now had been populated by putti in large numbers. The earrings presented here are pieces from the first years of this new fashion, which remained current into the first years of Art Deco.

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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.