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Precious Art Deco diamond brooch in white gold & platinum, circa 1930

The historicizing formal language of the 19th century was completely out of fashion during the Art Deco years. There was a demand for new forms of expression with the means of modernity. The new style of the new era was created from clear symmetries and the finest materials: dynamic, magnificent and of an elegance and perfection of craftsmanship never achieved again. The brooch presented here speaks this language. A total of 27 diamonds in the old brilliant cut or single cut of together about two carats glitter towards the viewer and, in combination with cool platinum surfaces, bathe the piece of jewellery in bright white. Three larger brilliant-cut diamonds form the highlights of the design. They were probably cut at the end of the 19th century and have now found a new life here, in economically difficult times. Further diamonds, geometric shadow gaps and ornamental saw work frame them and show the expressive elegance of the years around 1930. On the back, the precious jewel is made of white gold, since platinum was even more expensive than gold at the time of its creation. The harmonious interplay of all elements has created a special piece of wearable jewellery history, excellently preserved and enlivened by a magnificent fire!

The 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewellery with Art Deco: geometric abstractions, noble materials and luxurious fittings were in demand and were supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. One special type of jewellery enjoyed particular popularity: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds and platinum or white gold to create crystalline, cool and particularly elegant pieces of jewellery; unearthly, seductive, a little worldly and therefore particularly luxurious.

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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.