Light and shadow play

Elegant Art Déco bar brooch with diamonds, around 1925

The years of the Weimar Republic, between the great wars, are still considered a time of yearning. Politically turbulent, marked by crises and major upheavals, but also progressive, in love with luxury and fun-loving: we think of the early heyday of black-and-white film, nightclubs and cabarets, modern paintings by artists such as Otto Dix and Jeanne Mammen. The jewelry that was created during that time was meant to reflect exactly this attitude to life. It was modern and luxurious, relying on cool monochrome and crystalline designs. The present bar brooch comes from this period. In keeping with the taste for cool, elegant white jewels, it sets an old-cut diamond and two rose diamonds on its top, around which delicately sawn arabesques unfold. Crafted of solid gold, the top of the brooch is topped with a layer of white platinum. In those days, this widespread technique was referred to as "platinum doublé". The resulting monochrome piece of jewelry was usually refined, as here, by numerous millegriffes and saw work, so that a play of light and shadow results. The versatile stick pin is in very good condition. According to its design, it was probably made in Germany.

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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.