Silver moon

Noble crescent moon brooch in the style of the Belle Époque with diamonds and pearls, around 1950

The moon has long been associated with silver. In the late 19th century, we therefore even find a moon-shaped hallmark on the work of German silversmiths, which is supposed to confirm the authenticity of the material. And here, too, it is a layer of silver that lies on top of the base material of the gold and gives the present, crescent-shaped moon its colour. This combination of gold and silver goes back to jewellery of the time before the invention of white gold, when platinum was also not yet known to be processed: it was supposed to make diamonds shine brighter, not tint them through the warm gold. Nevertheless, the pearls and diamond cuts that set our brooch tell us that it comes from a time when all these materials were already known and processed. Thus, the use of silver is to be understood as a deliberate recourse to the aesthetics of the Belle Époque, into which the motif also plays. In the late 19th century, especially in the years around 1890, we find numerous photographs, drawings, but also paintings with the motif of the crescent moon. For example, the so-called "Paper Moon", a crescent moon cut out of cardboard or wood, was a popular prop for travelling photography studios. Most people did not own a camera at the time and usually had their pictures taken sitting on the moon at fairs, and many of these photographs have survived as collectors' items to this day. In southern European countries such as Italy and Portugal, 19th century jewellery forms and processing techniques then experienced a renaissance once again in the post-war period. The present brooch was probably also created in the Mediterranean region and is deliberately intended to recall the Belle Époque, the "beautiful era" before the outbreaks of the two great wars.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


OUR PROMISE

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.

Play