Hanseatic restraint

Luxurious necklace with old European cut diamonds in red gold, Germany around 1900

"On our childhood weighed the paralyzing overabundance of things, not even one of which could make us cheerful..." Full of weariness, the Art Nouveau designer Henry van de Velde retrospectively summed up his discomfort with the art of the late 19th century, which was oriented toward the rich ornamentation of the past. Together with other artists of his generation, he therefore sought new forms, simple, reduced beauty. Especially in Germany, crafts of restrained elegance emerged in those years. We can also observe this tendency in jewellery. Surprisingly modern is the present necklace, which draws its beauty solely from the effect of its materials and the clear line. A total of about 3.32 ct of radiant old European cut diamonds set a garland-like centerpiece, from which the largest diamonds swing down in motion. They are so subtly set that they almost seem to float above the network of narrow gold wires. These gold wires, which are gossamer thin when seen from the front but maintain their stability when seen from below, are also known as "knife wires." They are a typical design feature in the jewellery of the Belle Époque and allowed visually more delicate, lighter designs than ever before. The necklace was obviously designed in the spirit of proverbial Hanseatic restraint: For it has survived in the case of the jeweler E. L. Jansen of Hamburg Altona and bears a German gold hallmark. It also came to us from Hamburg, where it seems to have spent the 120 years or so since its creation.

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