Cuddly loop

Delicate necklace with old cut diamonds in platinum, around 1910

In the years around 1900, the curved, natural forms of Art Nouveau were associated above all with artists, with the bohemians of the time - in short, those who wore striking Art Nouveau creations liked it rather daring. Especially in aristocratic circles and among the wealthy bourgeoisie of the time, fashion developed instead towards more classical, timeless forms. The gallant forms that had already dominated the reign of the French king Louis XVI more than a century earlier were used as a model: laurel wreaths, garlands and even bow motifs adorned high-quality diamond jewellery - the so-called jewellery - for the evening. A reminiscence of the time of Marie Antoinette, interpreted in the style of the Belle Époque, is also this necklace made of platinum, gold and diamonds. Its showpiece consists of a loop ornament set all over with small diamonds that merges into a round wreath. In the center sits an old-cut diamond of about 0.06 ct, gleaming with white color and beautiful brilliance, beneath small laurel leaves. A diamond-plated platinum chain completes the firmly mounted pendant, allowing the piece of jewellery to nestle softly against the décolleté and not appear rigid despite its festive nature. The chain is relatively short and suitable for a slender neck! It is this attention to detail and the moving, pendulous design that distinguishes the jewellery of those years. In this way, what was demanded of modern jewellery in a contemporary book was also fulfilled: "[...] jewellery must not only nestle sensibly against the human form, but must also show it to its best advantage, put certain characteristics of the form in the right light. Otherwise it cannot lay claim to the name of jewelry." (Hermann Barth, Das Geschmeide, vol. 2, Berlin 1903, p. 13.)

With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No longer dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. No wonder that as a result of these developments, a new fashion also emerged: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds.

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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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