Greeting from Berlin
Elegant brooch with old cut diamond by Wilhelm Müller, Berlin around 1910
Berlin experienced a rapid boom in the 19th century. Due to immigration, the population increased tenfold during this period and amounted to almost 1.9 million around 1900. Entrepreneurs from all regions of Germany were drawn to the city and made Berlin the most important business location of the Empire. Economic prosperity allowed cultural life to flourish and social life soon eclipsed all other cities in the country. For the ladies, a suitable jewelry outfit was indispensable. Berlin was therefore the ideal location for a jewelry merchant. One such merchant was Wilhelm Müller. In 1847, he founded a specialized wholesale business for precious stones, pearls, jewels, gold and silver jewelry. Most of the creations were made in the branches in the gold city of Pforzheim and in the silver city of Schwäbisch-Gmünd. However, the headquarters of the family business was located in Gertraudenstraße in Berlin Mitte. Miraculously, it survived the destruction of World War 2 and still stands today as a reminder of the imperial era at Berlin's Spittelmarkt. At the turn of the 20th century, the Müller company was the leading jewelry retailer and was known beyond the borders of the capital for its high-quality goods. The brooch presented here is from Müller's assortment, as evidenced by the company mark "XX" on the pin. It is designed as a stick pin, a popular form of brooch in the years of the turn of the century. The center of the design is occupied by a diamond in the old brilliant cut. It is set in platinum with a shadow gap. To the right and left, the brooch continues as a narrow bar with a platinum face. Another shadow gap towards the ends gives the design lightness and modernity. A slight hint of the coming Art Deco is already in the air here. However, the brooch was certainly created in the years before the 1st World War.
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