Playful bow

Charming vintage brooch with diamonds in white gold, around 1980

Did you know that in many traditional costumes of Germany it plays a significant role whether the ribbons of the robe are tied or untied? And if they are tied, where the bow is located? So says a Bavarian mnemonic, "Bow on the left, good luck!" Because if a dirndl's apron is tied on the left side, the wearer is indicating that she is single. So "flirting" is permitted and desired here! If the bow is tied on the right side, the lady is married. But what does a bow worn in the middle mean? Tradition says that the wearer of a central bow is still a virgin. So you see that the motif of the bow is by no means trivial in the realm of fashions. It is similar with jewellery. For here, too, things are seldom left to chance: The bow is one of the most telling bonding motifs of all and can already be traced on Roman signet rings. This brooch from around 1960 is a particularly beautiful example of the expressive elegance of the bow motif. The ribbon of high-carat white gold is polished and winds into a naturalistically shaped knot. Eleven small diamonds add white light reflections to this elegant piece of jewellery. A token of commitment, this brooch may once have been a gift of love. It has been beautifully preserved and is ready to add a playful accent to a variety of clothing. The brooch found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.