The Black And White Ball
Elegant Brooch Of Art Deco With Diamonds & Onyx In Platinum & Gold, Belgium Circa 1925
When Truman Capote invited guests to the "Black and White Ball" in 1966, it was clear - even before the doors of the Plaza Hotel in New York had opened to the invited guests - that this would be the social event of the year. Not because of the 450 bottles of Tattinger champagne that would be opened that evening, but primarily because of the idea of the entire evening being designed solely in white and black. From the dresses of the guests to the decorations, the unconditional will to design the famous author left a unique and particularly extraordinary impression. The idea, however, to choose just the two non-colors as the theme of the celebration was not so new: already the Art Deco of the 1920s had raised just white and its counterpart to the often used theme of jewellery, wardrobe and decoration. A particularly beautiful testimony to this is the present brooch from around 1925, which according to the hallmarking was made in Belgium. In its center shines an onyx in the so-called "sugarloaf cut" in deep black. Starting from this central stone are fine piercings and rose cut diamonds in platinum. A total of 32 diamond roses are set here. The color scheme is reduced to the quite elegant, cool contrast of black and white. The maxim of the time to make high quality materials shine is fulfilled by the brooch in the best way. The piece of jewelry is in first-class condition and - although almost 100 years old - looks amazingly modern.
In the years just before 1890 there was a real revolution in the field of jewellery. The excess of historicism in form and color appeared to be out of date throughout Europe. Increasing mechanization, also in jewelry making, had repeated the same forms over and over again until they had finally become interchangeable and arbitrary. The jewelers feared for their existence: jewelry sales were declining rapidly, a new fashion was not in sight! At the beginning of the new decade, the crisis was overcome. White jewels were the solution, which quickly caught on. Instead of many poorly combinable pieces of jewelry, the ladies now concentrated on a few, but all the more high-quality objects. They were united by their common color: white diamonds and pearls shone in settings of silver, later platinum and white gold. The designs are filigree and completely restrained in their formal language. Leaves, tendrils, and light geometric shapes suddenly dominated the picture, which until just now had been populated by putti in large numbers. The brooch presented here is a piece of this fashion, which remained current into the Art Deco.
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