Flourishing modernity

Elegant Art Deco brooch in white gold and diamonds, 1930s

Closeness to nature or abstraction - Modernist art stands between these two poles in an eternal field of tension. Natural forms can be found in all currents of the avant-garde, whether in Art Nouveau or Art Deco. But each time they are reinterpreted, reworked, alienated and elevated to art. The brooch presented here unites these two great poles and absorbs the tension of the times. We see an arrangement of flowers and leaves in a frame of double rods. A large, sculpturally designed blossom opens in the center. It is accompanied by a smaller flower on the left, perhaps two chrysanthemums or dahlias. Then on the right we see a tulip growing on a long stem from the centre to the lower right corner. Thus the bouquet has an inner dynamic and seems to push with power to the right. The framing of the brooch, like the flowers themselves made of white gold, finishes on the left and right with a twisted band. Its sweep and doubling make the depiction with the flowers seem like a clip from a fast-moving film. The large flowers are each set with an old-cut diamond. The three diamonds together weigh about 1.05 carats; the large stone in the center alone weighs about half a carat. The numerous smaller rose cut diamonds add to their sparkle, and so the brooch has about one and a quarter carats of diamonds. Its workmanship, the cut of the stones and finally the elegant, modern shape of the design allow us to date the brooch to the 1930s.

Of all the types of jewellery, the brooch is probably the piece that gives the designer the greatest freedom. Hardly any consideration has to be given to wearability here, quite unlike the ring, for example. There are no limits to shape, size and colour. No wonder that so many great jewellery designers such as René Lalique or Jean Schlumberger have become famous for their brooches.

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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.