The ball season can begin
Antique necklace & tiara with round 7.13 ct diamonds in white gold & platinum, circa 1915
The beginning of the ball season means both great joy and great headache for some ladies. Which dress can look the most beautiful and highlight the wearer the best? Which shoes are elegant and yet comfortable and finally: which jewellery should be worn? Surely all these questions are luxury problems - but what can be nicer than thinking about luxury? Apart from fashionable questions and those concerning comfort, one consideration is unimportant: A tiara belongs to every ball, no matter what color the dress should be! Hardly any piece of jewellery can make a lady look more elegant, refined and distinguished than a tiara - all the more so an antique piece with precious diamonds! Always intended solely for the nobility and later the wealthier classes, truly antique tiaras are rare to find today. The present tiara of the years around 1915 is impressively designed. The goldsmith's work is made of white gold and platinum and displays the brilliance of 52 old-cut diamonds. The sparkling set marks the intersections of a lattice of delicate knife-edge bars, which seems to swing open to great effect, finally finding its terminus in a particularly large brilliant-cut diamond in the centre. Since some of the diamonds are wonderful old cuts, it can be assumed that some of the gemstones date back to the 19th century and were combined to create this enchanting piece of jewellery at the beginning of the 20th century. The impressive tiara is more than a precious headdress, however, because it is also a wonderful necklace! Two screws hold it on a bail that allows it to be easily incorporated into a hairstyle when the piece is worn in the hair. If you loosen these screws, the diamond lattice can be attached to a platinum chain and used as a necklace to adorn a décolleté. If you want it to be even more ostentatious, a large aquamarine drop, which is also part of the offer, can be hooked in. A piece of jewellery straight out of a picture book: become the centre of attention at the next ball with this unusual and fine piece of Art Deco jewellery - and shine with dignity at all the great parties that may come along!
In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but several generations of continuous improvement of the cutting technique were still necessary until the Old Mine Cut became first the old cut, and finally in the 1940s the modern full cut.
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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.