Déco darling

Elegant Art Deco bow brooch with diamonds in gold & platinum, circa 1925

The motif of the bow runs through the last centuries of jewelry design. Once a favorite of the fun-loving Rococo era, bow shapes also experienced various fashions in subsequent eras. Art Deco, which is actually associated with angular, geometric designs, is no exception - but this is exactly how the actually playful bow motif was stylized in the 1920s. The present brooch demonstrates this to us. In an almost cubist conception, the actually gentle curves of the bow were stylized into corners and edges, but without loss of three-dimensionality. Elegantly, the ribbons lie on top of each other, creating a sculptural impression. The entire surface is richly set with sparkling diamonds. The cuts of some of the diamonds date back to a time before the brooch was created; apparently, these diamonds were used here in a secondary application. This was quite common at the time, as with the advent of Art Deco many older pieces had become unfashionable. They were melted down and the diamonds recut or inserted directly into modern pieces. Our brooch was created in the years around 1925 and was made in platinum on gold, typical of the period. Contemporary jewelry catalogs tell of the popularity of the motif in that decade; for example, a double-page spread from the 1924 catalog of Chicago-based jewelers S. Kind & Sons shows a rich array of similar bow brooches (see last image).

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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.